By Mark Jaffee, Republican-American
Last spring, former Woodland High football standout Edit Krivca transferred from Springfield College to Post University in Waterbury with no intention of playing anymore.
A criminal justice major, Krivca aspires to be a police officer and ultimately a detective.
At the time, the Eagles were still a sprint football program, meaning players couldn’t weigh more than 178 pounds. That automatically disqualified Krivca because he tips the scales at around 190 pounds.
Not to worry, though.
When Post President John L. Hopkins announced recently that the Eagles’ program was being elevated to the Division II level, Krivca could hardly believe it.
The 5-foot-9 running back and linebacker from Beacon Falls has the playing bug again. He will don the jersey next fall and became in essence the first recruit for head coach Adam Schultz.
“I’m super excited,” Krivca said. “It’s a great opportunity for me and other kids in the area.”
With back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in high school in 2017 and 2018, Krivca could possibly play on the offensive side for the Eagles, although he likely will be slotted for a defensive role for Schultz.
But Krivca, who has always held a team-first approach, said he doesn’t care where he lines up.
“I’ll play wherever the team needs me,” Krivca said. “I just loved the sport so much and missed it. The whole offseason I’ve been locked in, going to the gym and staying in shape. I’ve been trying to improve my strength and movement and agility to get ready for the Division II level.”
Though Krivca went to Springfield in the fall of 2019, he didn’t play and will still have four years of eligibility. Academically, he made the dean’s list in his first semester before switching to Post.
Krivca didn’t play football as a freshman at Woodland, but was on the track and field team when Schultz was on the coaching staff. A Naugatuck native, Schultz moved onto the University of New Haven as an assistant football coach.
“Coach Schultz was a very positive person and I had a sense that he really cared about every single one of his athletes,” Krivca said.
As a junior at Woodland, Krivca rushed for 1,185 yards and 20 touchdowns. He followed that up with 1,360 yards and 20 TDs as a senior in 2018, leading the Hawks to a 9-2 record and a Class S quarterfinal berth, where they dropped a 49-10 decision to Bloomfield.
“Edit is just a tough, strong kid who worked hard at his craft,” Woodland coach Chris Moffo said. “He was a reliable kid who always worked hard to improve and he was a very quick study after joining the team as a sophomore.”
Schultz, a 2002 Naugatuck High graduate, said previously that he wants to “put a fence around Connecticut” and attract as many in-state players as possible.
Post athletic director Ronnie Palmer said recently that he hopes to schedule at least five or six independent games for 2021, as he works toward joining a conference in the future.