Citadel quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto named head coach at Capital University

Citadel quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto has been hired as head coach at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Citadel quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto, a key figure in the resurgence of the Bulldogs’ football team last season, has been hired as head coach at Division III Capital University.

The announcement will be made today, said Steve Burning, athletic director of Capital, which is in Columbus, Ohio.

“Craig is the entire package,” Bruning said of Candeto, who was a quarterback at Navy and a fighter pilot in the Navy. “He has a keen understanding of football and he is going to develop young men in ways that everybody wants young men to develop.”

Candeto worked for two years at The Citadel, where also coached fullbacks. He was instrumental in the development of quarterbacks Ben Dupree and Aaron Miller as the Bulldogs went 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Southern Conference this season, The Citadel’s most SoCon wins since 1992.

Capital University has about 3,500 students and plays in the Ohio Athletic Conference, one of the premier D-III leagues in football. Traditional power Mount Union, which won the national title this season, plays in the OAC along with strong programs such as Baldwin-Wallace, Heidelberg and John Carroll.

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