After leading Castleton to its most successful season in program history, Klatt begins his 18th season in coaching, his sixth year at Castleton and third as Head Football Coach. Serving as Castleton’s defensive coordinator over the past four seasons, Klatt led a unit that showed marked improvement through the first four seasons in scoring defense, turnover margin, and in 2012, the Spartans defense ranked seventh nationally in pass defense.
Through the course of his coaching career, encompassing multiple stints at the high school and college levels (scholarship and non-scholarship), Klatt has coached over three dozen All-Conference players, multiple academic All-Conference selections, one CoSIDA All-Region team selection, and two AFCA All-Americans.
During Klatt’s tenure at Castleton, the Spartans have posted more Academic All-Conference selections than any other school in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). During the most recent academic year, two Spartans earned President’s List (4.00 GPA) honors, five were Dean’s List honorees (3.50+ GPA), and over 35 players increased their previous semester’s GPA with the 2013-2014 freshmen class earning the highest single semester grade point average, posting a 3.01 GPA during the spring semester, 2013.
Klatt spent 12 years coaching at the high school and collegiate levels, prior to coming to Castleton in 2009. Most recently as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University, an NCAA Division II institution in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
While at St. Cloud State, Klatt was charged with coaching the inside and outside linebackers and was also the co-strength and conditioning coach, responsible for developing, implementing and supervising the year-round strength and conditioning program for the entire team. During the 2002-2003 season, St. Cloud State ranked third nationally in rushing defense and was among the top-ten NCAA D-II teams in total defense.
In 2006, Klatt became Head Coach at St. Francis High School (Minnesota), returning to guide the Fighting Saints program after serving as defensive coordinator there from 2003-2005, before coaching the linebackers at the College of New Jersey from 2005-2006.
After graduating in 1992 from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Klatt spent four years in the United States Army. Upon the completion of his military commitment as a commissioned officer in 1996, Klatt returned to Northern Iowa where he received a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education-Teaching and a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education (Coaching and Teaching) in 2001. During this period, Klatt began his coaching career at the high school level as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
Klatt is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and previously served on the AFCA’s NCAA D-III Assistant Coaches Committee, representing the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). He has teaching experience at the college and secondary levels in physical education, strength and conditioning, and exercise science. During the spring semesters, Klatt teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Education at Castleton. In addition to his impressive background as both a coach and educator, Klatt is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), of which he is also a member.
Klatt and his wife, Colleen, Dean of College Advancement at Castleton, reside in West Rutland with their two golden retrievers Daly and Rudy.