Fanara Joins Southeastern Football Staff

Southeastern's head football coach Ray Richards has announced the addition of Steve Fanara as the program's newest assistant coach.

Fanara joins the Savage Storm as the wide receivers coach.

"I am excited to be joining the Southeastern football staff," said Fanara. "It is a quality group of men that I look forward to learning from. I am appreciative of Coach Richards for giving me this opportunity. I'm anxious for the players to arrive and get things started."

"He brings a tremendous amount of experience to our staff," commented Richards on the new addition. "He has been a head coach in both high school and college and he has been both an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. He is a high character guy who will be a great asset to our program."

Fanara's last stop was a seven-year stint at Division III Howard Payne in Brownsville, Texas. He joined the program as the defensive coordinator in 2005 before taking over as the head coach after the 2007 season.

Prior to HPU was the head coach/offensive coordinator for Oakville High School in St. Louis, Mo., for one season.

He spent a pair of seasons beginning in 2002 at the United States Military Academy Prep School in Fort Monmouth, N.J. where he served as the defensive coordinator.

Fanara has extensive experience at the high school level in Missouri, with head coaching stops at DeSoto HS (DeSoto, Mo.), Warrensburg HS (Warrensburg, Mo.) and Ruskin HS (Kansas City, Mo.)

His first coaching stop was as an assistant coach at Southwest Baptist, spending a pair of seasons before moving on to Mid America Nazarene.

He also had stops at Blue Springs HS in Blue Springs, Mo., and Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill.

Fanara is a cum laude graduate of Southwest Baptist, where he also played for two seasons, with a BS in physical education and biology. He earned his master's in education from Mid America Nazarene in 1992.

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