Bartak chooses Hawks
It’s official: Zach Bartak will play football at St. Anselm College.
The Greenfield High School quarterback made that decision Monday when he signed to play football on an athletic scholarship for the Division II school located in Manchester, N.H., this fall.
There is one kicker, however: He’s going to learn an entirely new position.
Bartak said that Hawks’ coach Pat Murphy informed him that he would line up as a slot receiver for the team this fall.
“I was shocked, but I’m really excited to try something new,” he explained. “They’re saying that with your athletic ability, you can play anywhere for us, and that’s really nice coming from a Division II program.”
Receiver is one position that Bartak does not have experience playing. During his youth days, Bartak played running back but moved to quarterback when he got to high school. He excelled at the position, playing three years of varsity for the Green Wave and earning the Intercounty League MVP award, the Dagenais Award as the Most Outstanding Player in Western Mass., and a spot on the All-State Team.
Murphy informed Bartak that he would not use a scholarship on a quarterback this season, but that did not matter to Bartak, who had his eyes set on the school.
Bartak also had interest from other colleges, including American International College, UMass-Dartmouth, Springfield College and Western New England University. After visiting the St. Anselm campus, he had hoped to receive a favorable financial package, and when he heard the offer from Murphy, he knew where he was going.
“They’ve been my No. 1 choice for about two months now,” he said. “Coach called me on Thursday and offered me an unbelievable package, and I had to make my decision by Monday.”
St. Anselm belongs to the Northeast-10 Conference and finished 2-9 last season. One of the Hawks’ 2013 games will be played in Springfield, on Oct. 26 against AIC.
Bartak will study criminal justice at the school and said that after college, he would like to get a job with the environmental police, state police or FBI. He is also one of the top baseball players in Franklin County and will play for Greenfield this spring. After that, he said he will focus on football.