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Tony Volpone is in his sixth season as Castleton Football Head Coach in 2019. He led the Spartans to consecutive 7-3 seasons in 2014 and 2015 while ranking in the top of the conference on both offense and defense.
In 2016, Castleton posted a 4-3 record within the ECFC, the third straight year with a winning conference mark for the Spartans. Among the highlights were a convincing road win at Mount Ida and a come-from-behind victory over Maritime (N.Y.) on Senior Day. Soren Pelz-Walsh wrapped up his Castleton career as one of the top wide receivers in program history, plus he became the first Academic All-American in program history. In total, a program-record 16 players received ECFC All-Academic honors, and nine Spartans earned All-ECFC recognition.
During the 2015 season, the Spartans tied a program record by going 7-3 overall and then finished at 5-2 in the ECFC. Castleton finished in the top half of the league in scoring while ranking second in the ECFC in scoring defense. Volpone produced Castleton’s first 1000-yard rusher while also finishing second in the ECFC in passing. The Spartans also boasted the second-best scoring defense (21.2) while ranking sixth nationally in red zone defense and 10th in turnover margin. Individually, he had players earn ECFC Rookie and Offensive Lineman of the Year honors as well as a program-record seven First-Team All-Conference selections.
In his first year at the helm of the Spartans, Volpone led the team to a program-best 7-3 mark along with a second place finish in the ECFC. Castleton boasted the second best offense in the conference, averaging 356 yards and 30 points per game while earning the distinction as the only team in the ECFC to rush for over 1200 yards and pass for over 2000 yards. Defensively, Volpone oversaw a transformation as the team allowed 21.1 points per game, the best mark in program history. The defense also led the nation in fumble recoveries (24) while ranking second in turnovers gained (43), fourth in team passing efficiency defense (4), fifth in defensive touchdowns (5) 13th in turnover margin (1.4) and 16th in interceptions (19).
Individually, Volpone coached the ECFC Offensive Player of the Year in Kevin Alberque. He was one of four first-team all-conference selections as the team totaled 14 all-conference selections overall. Volpone also helped Castleton record the first two shutouts in program history and the largest victory over Norwich (48-28) to capture the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy.
Prior to Castleton, Volpone spent the seven seasons as a member of the Endicott coaching staff, most recently serving as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He leaft a program which went 36-9 over the last four seasons, including 25-3 in conference play with a pair of conference championships.In his time at Endicott the offense broke or tied eleven NEFC records, recorded nine All-America nominations, three ECAC All-Star selections, 31 All-Conference selections, four Academic All-Americans, two NEFC Rookie of the Year award-winners, and an ECAC Player of the Year award-winner. Volpone also coached the quarterbacks while at Endicott and they were both named NEFC Players of the Year and were both recipients of the prestigious Golden Helmet Award for their performances.
During his final season with Endicott, the Gulls captured their second consecutive (NEFC) championship with a 24-0 shutout of Salve Regina and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Volpone’s offense was the top scoring in the conference, while also ranking first in total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He had seven offense players earn first-team all-conference honors, including NEFC Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Drew Frenette.
In 2013, the Gull offense averaged 40.7 points per game, tops in the NEFC and good enough for ninth among all NCAA Division III teams. The offense also ranked first in red zone offense and produced the highest ranked quarterback in sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette. He also had offenses that were among the best in the NECFC in 2010 and 2011 while winning an ECAC Championship in 2011 and an NECFC Championship in 2010.
Volpone came to Endicott with a wealth of football experience, having coached at the collegiate level with NEFC foe Nichols College, Bridgewater College (Va.), Norwich University, and Becker College. Volpone began his coaching career at his alma mater, Nichols College, from 2000-03. While at Nichols, Tony served as the quarterback and running backs coach and was instrumental in guiding the Bison to the ECAC Championship game in 2000 and an NEFC Boyd Division Championship in 2001.
In 2003, Volpone accepted the assistant football and assistant athletic director position at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. From Pine Crest, Anthony moved on to Bridgewater, Virginia for the assistant job at Bridgewater College. At BC, Volpone coached the tight end and offensive line positions. With his help, the Eagles captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA playoffs.
Norwich University came calling in 2005, naming Volpone their quarterbacks coach, recruiting coordinator and Director of Football Operations.
Volpone is married to his wife Aida of eight years and has a son, Charlie.