Ron Caputo is in his eighth season as a member of the Duke lacrosse coaching staff. One of the great lacrosse minds nationally, Caputo works closely with the midfield and faceoff specialists.
In his seven seasons with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted a 111-29 record, captured three ACC titles, advanced to the NCAA Semifinals seven times and ultimately won the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national championships. Duke has ranked among the top 11 in scoring offense in each of the past seven campaigns and was among the top six in six of those, including the No. 2 spot in 2014
In 2014, Caputo mentored arguably the most talented midfield group in Duke’s history. The trio of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Christian Walsh combined for 97 goals and 79 assists for a midfield record 176 points. Class’ and Jones’ 65 and 63 respective points both were a program-best. Class went on to earn first team All-America honors. Overall, Duke ranked second nationally in scoring offense with 14.85 goals per game.
Working closely with the faceoff specialists and the midfield, Duke has won 56.0 percent (1684-2990) of its restarts over the past six seasons, including an impressive 62.5 percent in 2013. Under Caputo’s watchful eye, Duke has had great success at the X with All-Americans CJ Costabile and Brendan Fowler. In 2012, Caputo helped mentor Costabile and Fowler to above .500 faceoff percentages as they finished with .526 and .604 win percentages at the X, respectively. In 2013, Fowler took it one step further as he established a NCAA single season record for faceoffs won with 339. He picked up the ACC Defensive Player of the Year honor as well as being named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding player after winning 20-of-28 faceoffs in the title game.
Perhaps even more impressive in 2013 was the play of Duke’s midfield. The Blue Devils’ two midfield lines combined for 223 of Duke’s 464 points and 132 of the 295 goals in 2013. Senior David Lawson flourished in his final season, earning All-ACC and first team All-American, while Jake Tripucka and Josh Offit also both garnered All-American accolades.
In 2012 with Caputo guiding the group again, midfielder Robert Rotanz had a record-setting season, registering 40 goals and earning USILA All-America first team honors. His 40 tallies are the most by a Duke midfielder in program history. In addition, Justin Turri earned USILA All-America honorable mention honors after netting 19 goals and 32 points overall.
Coming off the national championship in 2010 and returning just 48 percent of its scoring, Duke finished 2011 ranked sixth in scoring offense with 12.2 goals per game and had three midfielders with at least 25 points on the year. Turri earned USILA All-America second team honors, while 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.
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