Marc Klatt’s father was a high school coach in Oelwein, Iowa, for more than 40 years.
“My playground was going up to school every night,” Klatt said. “My dad was a shop teacher, so he was up at school cutting wood every night, and I was in the gymnasium throwing a football or shooting baskets or in the pool, things like that.
“When I look back at what I enjoyed the most, it was that time in education.”
Klatt wanted that life, and he has it. He teaches strength and conditioning classes as a member of the physical education department at Wade Hampton High School, and on Tuesday afternoon he was introduced as the Generals’ new football coach.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” he said.
Klatt has been at Wade Hampton since the beginning of the school year, and he served as defensive coordinator this past season under Kent Haltiwanger, who resigned after compiling a 50-63 record and becoming the Generals’ winningest coach in his 10 seasons.
Before coming to Greenville, Klatt, 45, served for three years as head coach at Castleton State College, an NCAA Division III program in Vermont. He spent six years there in all, helped to launch the program and is the school’s winningest coach.
Upon graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, Klatt served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Oelwein High School and then served the first of two stints as linebackers and strength and conditioning coach at St. Cloud State University, a Division II program in Minnesota.
Klatt also served as head coach at St. Francis (Minn.) High School and as linebackers coach at The College of New Jersey.
“We’re going to think about our team before we do anything,” Klatt said. “Entrusted with the stewardship of our program, I’m going to think about our team before making any decision.
“One of those things that I also want to make sure happens for our program is for our young men, every day that they spend with us is enjoyable. It’s fun. At the end of the day, football’s a game. At the end of the day, there are a lot more important things in life. When they spend their time with us, I want them to enjoy it.
“Have fun, smile, laugh and enjoy the fellowship with one another.”