Ex-Pats coach Waldron lands on feet … in Hartford


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The United Football League’s Hartford Colonials have released their list of coaches for their inaugural season, and there’s a familiar name on the roster: Shane Waldron.

Waldron spent the last two seasons with the Patriots, serving as tight ends coach last year after working as a coaching assistant in 2008. Before coming to New England, Waldron was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis.

Waldron was not retained by the Pats, and his two most prominent charges — Benjamin Watson and Chris Baker — are no longer with the team either.

The Colonials’ head coach and general manager is 20-year NFL coach Chris Palmer, formerly the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants. He also tutored a young Drew Bledsoe on Bill Parcells’s staff in New England.

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Also on the staff in Hartford is Tony Sparano, the son of Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who will serve as assistant defensive line coach.