Robbie Siclari, a standout student/athlete at Western Wayne High School, has officially announced that he's taking his game to the next level.
Coaches, friends, faculty members and administrators gathered on Wednesday afternoon in the high school office to witness Siclari sign his National Letter of Intent.
"I've decided to attend Kutztown University in the fall and play football," he said with a big smile. "I went for a visit and loved it. I can't wait to get there and start my career."
Hall of Fame Coach Allen "Butch" Keller was on hand to apply his imprimatur to the proceedings.
"Kutztown got a steal in my opinion," Coach Keller said of his tailback.
"Robbie's just a super athlete. He can do anything you ask him. He's an outstanding kick returner, great running back and defensive back. Robbie is big and fast. As a football player, he can do it all."
High School Heroics
This past season, Siclari terrorized defenses in the Lackawanna Football Conference's Division II.
A 6' 2", 210 lb. running back, Siclari battled back from a nasty knee injury to become one of the LFC's top players on both sides of the ball.
Siclari tore up his knee as a junior, then underwent a grueling rehab that lasted nearly a year. When Robbie returned to the gridiron as a senior, he appeared to be better than ever.
Siclari led all LFC backs with 1,380 rushing yards. He also tallied 20 TDs, tops at his position. Robbie demonstrated his versatility by catching 18 passes out of the backfield, good for 364 yards and a pair of TDs.
He also handled kick return chores for Coach Keller. Siclari brought back 13 kickoffs for 364 yards and two TDs, while snagging four punts for 74 yards and another TD.
Page 2 of 3 - "When he's focused and physical, Robbie is one of the really elite backs in the region," Coach Keller said.
"He can run inside, but he's also a burner. If he gets to the sideline or into the secondary, you're not going to catch him."
During a senior season in which he made ridiculous stats commonplace, Siclari's most memorable outing came against archrival Honesdale.
Western Wayne held its Senior Night ceremonies on Oct. 26th at Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Stadium and Robbie simply ran wild.
He piled up 255 yards on 235 yards and five TDs, the longest of which covered 62 yards and put the 'Cats ahead to stay.
Despite Siclari's heroics, Western Wayne managed just a 3-7 overall record, 1-4 in the LFC's rugged Division II.
At the end of the 2012 season, it was announced that Butch Keller would resign. So, the search for a new head coach is on. That coach will have to find a successor for Siclari, one of the best running backs in Wildcat history.
Kutztown turned in a solid performance last fall in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The Bears went 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the PSAC East. Kutztown will begin a new gridiron era this coming season when rookie coach Drew Folmar takes over.
Folmar has spent the past four years as Kutztown's offensive coordinator. He helped mold the Bears into one of the most prolific units in Division II.
Ray Monica served as Bears' head coach for seven years. With Monica in charge and Folmar running the offense, Kutztown enjoyed its most successful stretch ever, going 28-8 in the past three seasons.
Page 3 of 3 - While Siclari is perhaps best-known for his offensive feats, he was also a First Team All Conference pick on defense. In fact, he'll likely begin his college career on that side of the ball as a weak safety.
"I loved the campus and the facilities, the coaches ... pretty much everything," Siclari said.
"I feel like I'm the right guy for that defense. I like the scheme and position they talked about."
Robbie is the son of Kevin & Laurie Siclari, Lake Ariel. He plans to major in secondary education with a concentration in biology.
After graduation, Siclari hopes to teach anatomy at the high school level and coach football.