New East Catholic football coach carries on tradition

By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., May. 31, 2012
East Catholic appointed Steven Calande as its new varsity football head coach. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

East Catholic High School has appointed Steven Calande as its next head football coach, and he will also be teaching physical education. “I have an opportunity to contribute to a rich tradition in an administration that wants to be excellent on the field and in the classroom,” said Calande, a graduate of Temple University.

Calande has been coaching football since 1989 and has been a physical education teacher for 11 years. His head coaching experience includes middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He is currently the head coach at Old Town High School in Old Town, Maine.

“I enjoy the preparation study of the game relationship with the kids, while they try to be very competitive. We work on winning while I teach life lessons,” said Calande. “I am demanding of myself and others as I teach and coach.”

According to Jason Hartling, principal and chief administrator at East Catholic, “Coach Calande exemplifies our school-wide commitment to excellence in everything we do. He understands what it takes to develop high-caliber student-athletes and the importance of our values in everything we do. We have amazing students and families at East Catholic, and coach Calande is a perfect fit for our community.”

The coach sees himself as a family man with four children, who believes in putting his family before football and works to bring good values to the field and gym. “I want to implement a year-round strength and conditioning for athletes of all sports,” he said. “As a phys. ed. teacher, I teach wellness and a lifelong commitment to fitness,” said Calande.

He has a unique background that also includes 10 years in the mental health field. “People deal with different personality types. I used to travel and do mental health clinics,” Calande said.

East Catholic's new coach is looking forward to building a staff. His goal is “to surround myself with people who care about the kids and make some changes in the weight room that are more conducive to building athletes,” he said.

East Catholic Athletic Director Tom Malin, who was a member of the eight-person search committee, said, “We simply could not have selected a finer coach, a better teacher, a more honorable man for the position. Coach Calande will not only teach the fundamentals of the game of football but will also teach the values of participating in sports that our football players will take with them for the rest of their lives upon graduating from East Catholic High School.”

"This is a tremendous opportunity to become part of the East Catholic High School family," said Calande. "I am honored to have an opportunity to add to a proud tradition of excellence in academics, citizenship, and athletics. God puts us where we are needed most, and a series of events has made this opportunity real for me and my family; this is a homecoming for us.  I can't wait to get started."

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