The 2014 Foresters won their last two games to finish 4-6 on the year. Lake Forest was 2-3 in Midwest Conference South Division play, placing fourth in that half of the league. Six players on the team earned All-MWC South honors, including four defensive players on the First Team, and safety Pat Clark was an All-West Region selection by D3football.com Four Lake Forest seniors played in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Puebla, Mexico, and Catanzaro was part of the Stars and Stripes coaching staff for the third straight season.
The Foresters posted their second straight 8-2 overall record in 2013 and matched the 2002-03 squads for the highest two-year victory total in program history. The team also went undefeated at home for the second year in a row and its 10-game home winning streak matched the school record set in 1910. Lake Forest was 7-2 in Midwest Conference play, tying for second place in the league standings, and had a dozen All-MWC selections, including eight on the defensive side of the ball. The top defense in the conference was also ranked among the national leaders in several categories, including points and yards allowed per game. Ed Dobernig was an All-West Region selection by D3football.com and Michael Garetto-Balmer was a Capital One Academic All-District® Team selection. They were joined by five other seniors at the Tazon de Estrellas all-star game in Monterrey, Mexico, and Catanzaro was part of the Stars and Stripes coaching staff for the second straight season.
The Foresters were also 8-2 in 2012 and their 8-1 record in league play earned them a share of the fifth conference title in team history. Catanzaro was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year after the season and he has been a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award each of the last two years. After just five seasons as head coach, Catanzaro already ranks fifth in the program’s 123-year history in career victories. His players have earned 49 All-MWC honors since he took over as head coach, including 14 First Team accolades and an Offensive Player of the Year award. Three players on the team have been named All-Region by D3football.com and two have earned All-American distinction. The Foresters have also broken or tied 37 school records during that time.
Lake Forest has been especially successful on the defensive side of the ball since Catanzaro took over as defensive coordinator in 2006. In addition to ranking among the conference and national leaders in several statistical categories as a team, individual defensive players have tallied 44 all-conference honors in eight seasons.
Catanzaro’s team’s improvement on the field has coincided with its increased success in the classroom. The Foresters earned a team record 11 Academic All-MWC awards in 2009 and have matched that total twice in the last three years. They have amassed 51 such honors in his five seasons as head coach, four players have been selected to the prestigious Hampshire Society of the National Football Foundation, and one was named Capital One Academic All-District® in 2013.
Forester Football has also been extremely involved in the community under Catanzaro’s watch. The team’s annual Heroes Day efforts have generated more than 200 care packages to be sent to American troops overseas and the squad has raised more than $50,000 over the last five years in Lake Forest’s Relay for Life initiative. The College has twice presented the team with the Program of the Year award for its participation in on-campus events. Catanzaro’s players have also contributed to numerous other community service projects, both individually and as a group.
Catanzaro came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division II Wingate University, where he was the defensive line coach for three seasons. The Bulldog defense tallied 86 sacks, led the South Atlantic Conference in turnovers twice, and helped the 2004 team post the best single-season record in the program’s history. In addition, a pair of Wingate players earned All-American honors under his direction. He was also the head strength coach for all Wingate sports.
Prior to his time at Wingate, Catanzaro served as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and head strength coach for three seasons at Glenville State College. The Pioneers claimed the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001 and he was a member of that year’s SAC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Catanzaro graduated from Greenville College where he started every game of his career and earned all-conference honors on both sides of the ball. He also handled all the long snapping duties. The team captured a conference championship his senior season.
While at Greenville, Catanzaro also lettered twice in basketball and once in tennis.