By: Gladstone Harris, Sports Information Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomfield College women's basketball coach Dave Caputo has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year, in results released by the league office Feb. 26. Voted on by the conference's Sports Information Directors, the honor marks the first time in Caputo's three-year tenure on the Bloomfield sidelines that he has received CACC Coach of the Year accolades.
"This award is a reflection of the culture of our entire program, not just myself as the head coach," Caputo said of the recognition. "Without the hard work and dedication of our players and assistant coaches, this would not be possible. They are the reasons why an accolade like this is possible, so this award is just as much theirs as it is mine. I appreciate that others in our league have recognized what we do with this honor."
Caputo led the Bears to their first CACC Tournament championship in the Div. II era in his inaugural season, with the program also earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14.
Compiling a NCAA record of 59-26, Coach Cap has guided the program to two seasons of 20 or more victories, including a Division II era best, 22-6 record this season. Winners of nine of their last ten games, Bloomfield captured the CACC North Division regular season title for the third straight year and will continue their pursuit of a second conference tournament crown Saturday, Feb. 27, when they take on Chestnut Hill College in the Quarterfinals at 2 p.m.
"Coach Caputo's success has been remarkable in such a short period of time, and I am extremely proud that he has received this recognition," athletic director Sheila Wooten said. "He has turned our women's basketball program into one of the best in the east region, and has grown as a coach each year. He and the other members of his program have accomplished so much in getting the players to buy into his system and their success speaks volumes of how at Division II you can make it yours."