Posted on 02 September 2010.
The Chabot football team has been practicing hard all summer for the start of the 2010
season and they couldn’t be anymore excited about it. “We are tired of hitting each
other,” Head Coach Danny Calcagno said, now entering his seventh season.
Though optimistic about his team right out the gate, Calcagno will be striving for
improvement throughout the season: “I’m looking forward to seeing us develop.
Hopefully by conference we will be better than week one.” Development is going to be a
key term this season due to all the newcomers.
There are many fresh-faced freshmen on the squad this season that survived camp and
Calcagno is very excited to see what they can do. “We have some talented freshmen but
they just have not played in a college football game yet,” said Calcagno.
These new freshmen will play an enormously big role this season for a squad that only
has four players returning from last season. “We are very young, only one returner on
offense and three on defense,” noted Calcagno.
Asi Moa and Travis Tupou are two of those returning players Coach Calcagno will
look toward to take charge and make the biggest and most immediate impact. Both
players being on the defensive line should make for some serious pass rushing as well as
dominant run stopping.
Though this squad is young there is depth as well as talent. If these players can come
together and play at the level this season’s coaching staff feels they can there will be
plenty of wins. “Potentially we will be competitive,” said Calcagno.
Not only looking to be competitive against other teams, but being competitive against
each other will also play a big role for many of these young freshmen that are new to the
college football environment. “All these freshmen are competing for a job and there is no
one that has taken a position” noted Calcagno.
Being consistently competitive with each other in practice will only make these
Gladiators tougher and more sound on the field come game day.
Calcagno has a record of 28 wins and 23 losses in his six-year career as Chabot’s Head
Coach since starting in 2004. Coaching football for seventeen years, however, Calcagno
brought an instant success to the program leading the Gladiators to their only Bowl Game
of the new millennium back in his first season coaching in 2004.
Calcagno will be looking to lead this young batch of ball players to Chabot’s twenty-first
Bowl Game as well as the school’s fourteenth Conference Championship. Chabot has a
strong football tradition and this season will be no different.
The Gladiators start their season Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. here on Chabot’s very own turf against West Valley College. Last year’s football squad handled these opponents
with ease, winning the game 56 to 13, and this year should be no different.