WORCESTER – WPI Head Football Coach Chris Robertson has announced the hiring of Scott Sperone as the program's newest assistant coach. The co-defensive coordinator replaces Dan Mulrooney who is now the head coach at Anna Maria.
"We are thrilled to welcome Scott to the WPI Football family," remarked Robertson. "I've had the pleasure of knowing Scott for over a decade and have followed his career closely. He brings excitement, passion, knowledge, and experience to our defensive staff and our football program. We share the same values as coaches with regards to coaching, recruiting, and mentoring these amazing young men.
Sperone recently spent six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Farleigh Dickinson Florham. He was also tasked with leading the Devils' recruiting and strength & conditioning. Sperone coached 2011 All-MAC first team selection Steve Hoverson, and an honorable mention selection in 2013 and 2016. His recruiting efforts also yielded 2015 D3football.com All-East second teamer in wide receiver Malik Pressley.
"Our goal is to win NEWMAC Championships here at WPI and also to recruit and mentor the highest caliber student-athletes from across the country who value education, athletics, and community," continued Robertson. "Scott will help us achieve those goals and we are thrilled to have him aboard."
Prior to FDU-Florham, Sperone spent time at Merrimack, Brown, Williams, Stonehill and his alma mater Springfield College, where he earned his bachelors of science in movement of sports studies in 2001 and his masters of education in 2004. He also has his K-12 teachers certification. In addition to teaching on the gridiron, Sperone will put his skills to use as a PE instructor.
"I am very excited to become a member of the WPI athletics staff. WPI is one of the top colleges in the country and known for producing outstanding graduates, said Sperone. "I look forward to helping to develop the student-athletes and preparing them for their futures."
While at Merrimack, Sperone guided the defense for the 2009 Northeast 10 champion team. He also coached three All-Americans, Andrew Jackson (2008), Sean Loiseau (2010) and Tony Johnson (2010). He was on the other side of the ball for two seasons at Brown, leading the running backs and calling the plays for the JV offense, and a year as the wide receivers coach and video coordinator at Williams. Sperone also served as a defensive intern for the 2001 season at King's College.
The safety donned maroon and gray for 1998 Freedom Football Conference champion and NCAA tournament participant along with All-American center John Cena.
Sperone added, "I am thankful to Coach Robertson for this opportunity and have had the pleasure of knowing him for about a decade. He is a great person and we share very similar defensive philosophies. I am thrilled to be a join his staff and work under his leadership. I am also looking forward to football competing in the NEWMAC for the first time and I will be working hard to bring a conference championship to WPI, as well as aiming to keep the Transit Trophy here!"
The Engineers begin the 2017 campaign at home against Anna Maria at 7:30pm Friday, September 1st. WPI's inaugural NEWMAC slate is set to begin at Springfield at 2:30pm on Saturday, September 23rd.