Castner tapped to take over football program

Tony DeLotell | Staff Writer

Brian Castner was named head varsity football coach on November 23, pending school board approval.

With 16 years of football coaching experience, including a state championship with St. Xavier High School under his belt, Castner said he brings a lot to the table as a coach.

Castner said he will finish out this year with the softball team, and then switch his focus solely to football.

“I met with the [softball players] and told them that my number one priority to them is that we’re going to close this book together,” Castner said. “At the end of the year…hopefully somebody else on the staff will want to take the job and continue what we’ve accomplished.”

Castner said a large part of achieving success as the football coach will be getting all aspects of the Mason football program on the same page, stressing community involvement.

“We need to make sure everybody understands that this is Mason High School varsity football from third grade all the way up to twelfth grade,” Castner said. “We all have a purpose; we all have a direction.”

Part of the new program is the Big Four, which is a priority list that every football player must follow, according to Castner.

“We’re going to stress the Big Four: faith, family, education and football, in that order,” Castner said. “If any kid or player cannot have a priority list in that order, then that’s when we’re going to have issues. We’re going to get everybody on that bus right there.”

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