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Scott Cappos
Scott Cappos

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
13th Year at Iowa

Alma Mater, Year:
Indiana University, 1992

The 2007 USTFCCCA Men's Midwest Region Throws Coach of the Year, Scott Cappos is in his 13th year as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. A USATF Level II Certified Coach in the throws and jumps, Cappos is in his first season of coaching the throws for the newly consolidated program.

Since joining the staff in 1997, Cappos has helped create a strong Hawkeye throws program. During his tenure, Iowa has crowned 15 all-Americans and 20 Big Ten champions in the field events, setting 15 school records. The Hawkeyes have also had at least one all-American in the throws seven of the last nine seasons. Iowa has crowned at least one all-Big Ten performer in the hammer throw nine of the past 11 years, and a Hawkeye has placed in the top three in the shot put at the last eight conference meets. Since the creation of the outdoor regional qualification system in 2003, 46 Hawkeye field event competitors have qualified for the chance to advance to the NCAA Championships and 16 have earned all-region honors. Two Hawkeye throwers hold the men's school record for most times qualified for the regional meet, with each qualifying six times.

The Hawkeye throwers have recorded numerous team highlights under Cappos. In 2004, Iowa qualified 10 throwers for the NCAA regional, which was the most of any team in the nation. In 2005, the Hawkeyes qualified five throwers to the NCAA Indoor Championships, which tied for the most of any school in the nation. Iowa swept Big Ten titles in the shot put the past two seasons, and broke the 21-year-old school discus record in 2007.

Iowa has also had success with walk-on competitors under Cappos. Former Hawkeyes Brad Daufeldt (discus and hammer) and Chris Voller (hammer) joined the team as walk-ons and left as all-Big Ten honorees. Former Hawkeye Tim Brodersen also came to Iowa as a walk-on with a personal-best 174-0 in the discus. During his Hawkeye career he won two Big Ten titles, and his collegiate-best mark of 193-6 ranks fourth in school history.

Cappos joined the Hawkeyes staff after serving as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University from 1995-96. He trained seven all-Americans during his tenure, and Western Michigan won the MAC and CCC team titles both seasons. He started his coaching career at West Salem High School in Wisconsin (1992-1994). Several of his former athletes have represented their countries in various international competitions, including the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Cappos, a five-time Canadian national champion, competed in several international competitions including, the Pan American Games in Argentina, the Francophenic Games in France, the World University Games in England and the Commonwealth Games in Canada.

A three-time all-American at Indiana University, Cappos was the Big Ten shot put champion in 1990 and 1991. He earned his B.S. degree in Kinesiology with a minor in social science and an emphasis in political science from Indiana in 1992. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Sam (4), and a daughter, Amelia (2).

Coach Cappos' Coaching Philosophy
I utilize my experience, knowledge, values, beliefs and judgment to help student-athletes achieve goals - academically, athletically and personally. I blend the art and science of coaching and teach the basics to my athletes. I plan, implement and evaluate scientifically-proven training methods, use goal setting and have a plan of action for each student-athlete. I want to build solid relationships with my student-athletes based on respect and common goals. The ultimate objective is for the student-athlete to have a positive experience, graduate with a meaningful degree and be prepared to succeed after graduation.

Student-Athlete Success Under Cappos
Jeremy Allen - Discus, Shot Put (1998-2001)
Five-Time All-American
Four-Time Big Ten Champion
Shot Put School Record Holder
1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
U.S. Junior Champion
Placed Fourth at 1998 World Junior Championships

Andy Banse - Discus, Shot Put (2002-05)
Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten
Met Shot Put "B" Standard for 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials
NSCA All-American

Tim Brodersen - Discus, Shot Put (2003-06)
Two-Time Big Ten Champion
Four-Time Academic All-Big Ten

Jim Costello - Shot Put, Hammer, Weight Throw (2000-02)
Two-Time All-American
Big Ten Champion
Weight Throw School Record Holder
Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten

A.J. Curtis - Discus, Shot Put (2006-Present)
Two-Time All-Region
School Discus Record Holder
Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten
Competed in Discus at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials

Adam Hamilton - Hammer, Weight Throw (2003-07)
Two-Time All-American
Big Ten Champion
Four-Time Academic All-Big Ten
Met Hammer "B" Standard for 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials

John Hickey - Shot Put (2006-Present)
Two-Time Big Ten Champion
Met Shot Put "B" Standard for 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials
Competed in Shot Put at 2008 NACAC Under 23 Games
U.S. Junior Champion, Placed Fourth in Shot Put at 2006 World Junior Championships

Ken Kemeny - Discus, Shot Put (2001-02, 2004-05)
Drake Relays Champion
Two-Time All-Region
Met Shot Put "B" Standard for 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials

Shane Maier - Shot Put, Discus (2004-08)
Big Ten Champion
Three-Time All-Region
Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten

Bill Neumann - Javelin (2001-03, 2005)
Two-Time All-American
Two-Time Big Ten Champion
Drake Relays Champion
NCAA Midwest Regional Champion
Two-Time All-Region
School Record Holder
Big Ten Meet Javelin Record Holder

Dan Ralph - Javelin (1998-2001)
All-Big Ten

Arno van der Westhuizen - Hammer, Shot Put (1999-2001)
Two-Time Big Ten Champion
Hammer School Record Holder
Former Big Ten Hammer Record Holder