It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of North Hills High School girls soccer coach Rick Kabbert.
Kabbert joined the girls high school program last summer after spending two years as the North Hills Middle School boys coach. He was well-known in the local soccer community, having coached for the North Hills Soccer Club since 2010, serving stints as president, director of coaching and director of player development for the club over the years. He was also a coach at FC Pittsburgh.
To those who knew him, Rick was more than a dedicated soccer coach.
“He was a friend, a confidant, a caring father, and someone that our players could rely on,” Ryan McEnroe, president of the North Hills Girls Soccer Boosters, said in announcing his passing to the team. “Coaching soccer was his passion and he truly loved coaching the girls. We are all deeply saddened by this news."
When Kabbert took over, the girls program had won just five section games combined over the previous three seasons but he was committed to building a foundation for the future, and it showed.
The team ended the season on a 4-game winning streak and was hungry for more success in 2021 and beyond.
“Rick made great strides with the program since the day he was hired last June,” said North Hills Director of Athletics Patrick Weber. “His passion for the sport of soccer and the North Hills community made him a great fit. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; he will be deeply missed."
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced but will be posted on the North Hills athletics department website when available.
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