New coach helps Wilkes University land Burke QB Heath Hoovler

By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider

Jonathan Drach hosted Burke Catholic quarterback Heath Hoovler on two college visits in the span of approximately 10 days.

Drach’s title during the first meeting was Hobart offensive coordinator. However, after being named the head coach at Division III Wilkes (Pa.) University in early-February, he made another run at Hoovler.

Drach got his guy.

Hoovler, who helped Burke Catholic to the semifinals of the Class C state playoffs the last two seasons, will play at Wilkes in the fall. Burke Catholic’s “Big Three” from last season — Hoovler, running back David Ross and fullback/linebacker Mark Przybocki — have now all made their college choices.

Ross, who rushed for 1,550 yards and 23 touchdowns, will play at Western Connecticut and Przybocki will compete in the shot put at Division I University of Buffalo.

Burke Catholic running back David Ross

“I liked Hobart, but I really liked Wilkes,” Hoovler said. “It was the best fit and I was impressed that (Drach) called me when he took the job. It definitely gave me a little confidence to know that he really wants me. I like coach Drach, he is just a football guy, he has a great football mind. I’m excited to be a piece of what he is building.”

Hoovler played in Burke Catholic coach Aaron Hasbrouck’s wide open offense the past two seasons, so he should enjoy playing for Drach. Drach comes to Wilkes after 11 years at Hobart. He began his career as quarterbacks coach in 2007 until adding offensive coordinator to his responsibilities in 2014. Since his transition to offensive coordinator, Drach’s offenses have increased their completion percentage by 10 percent over the previous school record.

Drach’s offenses also set school marks in singles season touchdown/interception ratio, passing yards, completion percentage, passing efficiency, passing touchdowns and total offense all while going 92-24 over the past eleven seasons. He coached the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2016. He also coached seven All-League quarterbacks and the Bill Middleton Memorial Football Award Winner.

“I think Heath wanted to go somewhere where he was comfortable,” Hasbrouck said. “I don’t think he was in love with Hobart, but he liked the offensive coordinator. I don’t think Wilkes was on Heath’s radar until (Drach) took the job. Knowing his work ethic and passion for the game, I think Heath will do great.”

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