With a complete season – and first full recruiting class – under his belt, second-year Head Coach Marc Klatt and his capable staff are eyeing the 2012 season as one to embrace the "team" concept and make strides in a competitive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
"Our 2012 season is targeted as a season to recapture our "team" identity." Klatt said. "We are graduating our program's first recruiting class, while welcoming in our first as a new coaching staff. Our seniors have invested in the development of our program and are eager to "pass the torch" for future success onto a new generation of Spartans."
This year's edition of Spartan football will be tested early, with three out-of-conference contests leading into ECFC dates with defending champion Norwich and runner-up SUNY-Maritime. Castleton has never beaten four of its first five opponents, and the fifth is Endicott, a team which Castleton is meeting for the first time ever, and finished 2011 a sparkling 10-1. While the opening stretch appears daunting on paper Klatt is looking forward to the early challenge against the formidable foes.
"We return some very solid leadership on both sides of the ball this year and the 2012 recruiting class contains a stock of new players who are talented and eager to help add to our success. The key will be showing that we are able to compete at that level early, in order to build confidence in the younger guys."
Klatt returns much of last year's coaching staff, and has added new faces to round out the staff. Rutland, Vermont native Jonah Bassett brings with him 15 years of experience – including stints in the NFL, NFL Europe, CFL and FBS College Football – to impart on the Spartan tight ends. Rich Palazzi was three-year starter under center at Susquehanna, throwing for better than 5,500 yards and 47 touchdowns, before joining the staff to pilot the Spartan quarterbacks. Finally, three-year standout offensive lineman Phil Hall rounds out the staff to coach the Spartan lineman. Hall was a three-time All-ECFC selection while a player at Castleton and was selected to play in the third annual Tazón de Estrellas senior all-star game last year.
--ECFC Press Release--
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