Coach Hast is from Pittsburgh, PA and attended Chartiers Valley HS. He continued to Columbia University, earning a BA in 1967. He is a graduate of UCONN and MAEJ and is retired from the United States Secret Service. He has taught at Penn Hills HS and Kennedy Catholic. He has coached at schools such as UCONN, Penn Hills HS, Pope John HS, and Morris Catholic HS. At Sparta, Coach Hast coaches the corners and running backs. He and his wife, Susan, have three children: Jake, Meghan and Alexandra.
Coach Higgins works with the tight ends, defensive ends, and special teams. He graduated from Massapequa H.S. in Massapequa, NY in 1992 and went on to play football, as a tight end for the Seahawks, at Wagner College in Staten Island; graduating in 1996. After graduation, Coach Higgins worked as a graduate assistant coach for St. Peter’s College from 1996-1997. In 2001-2002 he was the assistant football & lacrosse coach for Poly Prep H.S. in Brooklyn NY. He serves as a Police Officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ and lives in Sparta with his wife, Maureen, and daughters Maggie & Delaney.
Defensive Coordinator Kappelmeier rejoined Sparta HS’s coaching staff in 2011. He has a long history of coaching high school football with past positions as Assistant Coach at Pope John HS (1986‐1992, 2008‐2010), Sparta HS (1993‐1994, 2005‐2007, 2011‐present), High Point Regional HS (2003‐2004), and as the Head Coach at High Point Regional HS (1995‐2002). He Received an engineering degree from the Catholic University of American and his Master’s Degree in engineering from Princeton University. He has taught Physics and Calculus at Pope John, County College of Morris, Sussex County Community College, and High Point Regional HS. He and his wife, Raquel, have three children; John, Lauren, and Maddie.
PATRICK MC CARTNEY
Coach McCartney attended Jefferson Township H.S. where he played football, basketball, and track. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University is in his fourth year teaching at Sparta, and third year coaching football. Coach McCartney also coaches spring track and field.
Coach Slobodzian attended Edinboro University and Montclair State University where he played football. Prior to teaching at Sparta High School, Coach Slobodzian coached football and track for three years at Fairlawn High School. He has his teaching certification in Health and Physical Education with a Master’s in the Art of Teaching.
Coach Windt is the offensive and defensive line coach. He is a retired science and math supervisor and chemistry and physics teacher. He received his Bachelor Degree from Montclair State College and Master Degree from NJIT. Windt was the head coach at Kittatinny High School for seven years, and assistant coach for 32 years at Kinnelon HS, Kittatinny HS, Hopatcong HS, Pope John HS, and Sparta HS. He resides in Hopatcong with his wife, Jamie.