Lincoln – On Wednesday morning Nebraska track and field Head Coach Gary Pepin announced that Scott Cappos has joined the Husker staff as the team’s throws coach.
“I’m extremely pleased that we were able to add Scott Cappos to our staff,” Pepin said. “Scott has a wealth of experience and success coaching men and women in all the throws event at the Division I level. Scott has a strong interest in the academic success of the student-athlete. We’re excited to have Scott and his family join the Husker family.”
Cappos joins the Huskers after spending the past 19 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. A USATF Level II Certified Coach in the throws and jumps, Cappos spent the past six seasons coaching the men and women throwers at Iowa. Cappos has coached a Big Ten champion or runner up in each of the past 18 seasons.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst, Coach Gary Pepin and the entire track and field and cross country family for this opportunity,” Cappos said. “The Nebraska brand is one of the most powerful in sports and I am honored to be associated with this great department. My family and I are very excited about helping the University of Nebraska win more championships.”
During his time in Iowa City, Cappos coached 20 All-Americans and 24 Big Ten champions in the field events, breaking school records numerous times. He was also named USTFCCCA Men's Midwest Region Throws Coach of the Year in 2007 and was an assistant coach for the United States at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in 2011.
Under Cappos' direction, Iowa had an All-Big Ten hammer thrower nine times, a discus conference gold or silver medalist 12 times and a shot put medalist on 10 occasions. Cappos coached Matt Byers to three straight conference titles in the javelin from 2010 to 2012.
Cappos joined the Hawkeyes staff after serving as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University from 1995 to 1996. He trained seven All Americans during his tenure, and Western Michigan won the MAC and CCC team titles both seasons. Cappos started his coaching career at West Salem High School in Wisconsin.
Several of Cappos’ former athletes have represented their countries in various international competitions, including the Olympic Games and World Championships. He has coached or recruited four US Junior national champions, a pair of silver medalists at the Pan American Junior Championship and two national record holders.
An track and field athlete himself, Cappos was a five-time Canadian national champion and has competed in several international competitions, including the Pan American Games, the Francophenic Games, the World University Games and the Commonwealth Games.
A three-time All-American at Indiana, Cappos was the Big Ten shot put champion in 1990 and 1991. He earned his bachelor’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, and a daughter, Amelia.