Spartans name new commander
Walter Wilson is taking the helm of the Sudbury Spartans football club this season. The grizzled Spartan vet, who served as offensive centre for the team for nearly three decades, is hanging up the pads to become the new bench boss. Wilson first joined the team in 1984 as a 16-year-old and played his last game as a player in August 2012.
“I am extremely proud to coach this team,” he said. “Over the past 60 years, the Sudbury Spartans have been an organization committed to excellence — striving to be the best they can be. I promise to continue that tradition of excellence.”
Wilson has an extensive coaching resume. For more than a decade he coached alongside NFC hall of famer and Spartan legend Paul Gauthier at Notre-Dame, winning several championships. In recent years, he was the Chelmsford Flyers’ head coach, where he recruited former Spartan bench bosses Paddy Walsh and Gord Goddard to coach alongside him.
The decision to make a coaching change came in December 2012, when Goddard stepped down after serving the team as both head coach and team president. He will remain with the team as the president, as well as the offensive co-ordinator for the 2013 season. Wilson has named NFC hall of famer Junior Labrosse as the team’s defensive co-ordinator.