Alumni Spotlight: Niko Palazeti '10

Craig McMichael '01
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20

Throughout the 2020 season, the Detroit Catholic Central Football team will look to highlight a former player to see what they are doing now and to discuss the impact Catholic Central Football has had on their life. Today, we look to feature class of 2010 Graduate Niko Palazeti. 

In his video, Niko credits the coaching staff with helping to instill faith and a hard work ethic into himself and his teammates. This faith allowed a 6-4 freshmen team to eventually become undefeated state champions as seniors. 

Niko is currently in his third season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with The Ohio State University. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he was a two-time letter winner on the football team. Injuries cut short his playing career, but provided him his introduction and opportunity to jumpstart his strength and conditioning career. 

A native of Northville, Mich., Palazeti was an all-state football player for Detroit Catholic Central in 2009 when he rushed for 1,279 yards and 24 touchdowns while helping his school to a Division I state championship and an unbeaten, 14-0 season.

Palazeti has been married to Kelsey (Kroll) Palazeti since 2016.

“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.