John Capodice returns to the Wesleyan coaching staff for a second season in 2017, and will once again work with the running backs. In his first year with the program, he helped guide one of the league’s best rushing attacks as the Cardinals finished third with 178.3 yards per game, while racking up 21 rushing touchdowns – second most in the NESCAC.
Capodice is a Health/Physical Education teacher and has been a football coach for 19 years, serving seven as an assistant football coach and 12 as the head football coach at Berlin High School in Berlin, Conn. A 1992 graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Capodice also holds master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University.
Over his 12 years as head football coach, he posted an overall record of 107-31, including an undefeated regular season in 2010, State Championship appearances in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2014, and the school’s first State Championship in 2009, as well as conference championships in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. His program qualified for the Connecticut State Playoffs in 10 out of 12 years while at the helm. Capodice placed over 40 football players into Division I, II, and III programs, as well as Ivy League and NESCAC schools.
In 2009, he was selected as the National Football Foundation Northern Chapter Coach of the Year. He has coached in the Governor’s Cup Connecticut All-Star Game and has directed high school and youth football camps, developing players for the last 18 years. Capodice is a regular clinic speaker at the Big New England Football Clinic and is a 2015 inductee into the Western Connecticut Hall of Fame.
Capodice resides in Berlin, Conn. with his wife of 21 years, Christine. They have two boys, Sam and Nate.