Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Ron Caputo is in his fifth season as a member of the Duke lacrosse coaching staff.
In his four seasons with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted a 63-16 record, captured two ACC titles and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals four times and ultimately captured the 2010 national championship.
Working closely with the faceoff specialists and the midfield, Duke has won 53.1 percent (1034-1947) of its restarts the past four seasons.
In 2011, Caputo helped mentor freshman Brendan Fowler to a .555 faceoff percentage, one of the highest percentages in the conference.
This past season Duke ranked sixth in scoring offense with 12.2 goals per game and had three midfielders with at least 25 points on the year. Midfielder Justin Turri earned USILA All-America second team honors, while Robert Rotanz captured an honorable mention nod.
In 2010, the Blue Devils won 54.5 percent of their restarts to rank 13th nationally, while senior Sam Payton was 14th individually. Offensively, Duke ranked second in scoring offense with 13.45 goals per game. The Blue Devils also ranked second in assists per game (8.35) and points per game (21.8) under Caputo's watch.
In Caputo's inaugural season with the Blue Devils, Duke led the nation in scoring offense with 15.2 goals per game. The squad won an NCAA record 18 games and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second consecutive season under his assistance as the Blue Devils featured the top two individual scorers in NCAA history in Matt Danowski and Zack Greer.
Prior to his arrival at Duke, Caputo spent four seasons (2003-06) on the Hofstra University men's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach. He joined the Pride in 2004 as a volunteer assistant coach for current Blue Devil head coach John Danowski, who served as the head coach at Hofstra from 1986-2006, as the Pride compiled an overall record of 35-28 and a 14-9 mark in Colonial Athletic Conference play, during his tenure.
In 2006, Caputo worked alongside Danowski to help lead Hofstra to an overall record of 17-2, a mark that included a perfect 6-0 mark versus CAA opponents, and a final national ranking of No. 2. The Pride won the CAA Championship and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, while setting a school record for wins and winning percentage (.895).
Before his stint at Hofstra, Caputo served as a varsity assistant lacrosse coach from 1997-2003 at Syosset (N.Y.) High School, where he coached Blue Devil teammates and brothers Dan and Chris Loftus. A 1991 graduate of the University of Scranton, Caputo led Syosset to three county semifinal appearances and one Nassau County Championship game berth.
Caputo is married to the former Randi Heller of Farmingdale, N.Y., and the couple has four children, Samantha, Owen, Jake and Jayme. The family resides in Holly Springs, N.C.