Aug. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, has been named an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Alexis Venechanos announced Thursday. Capuzzi wrapped up her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant. She moves into the position vacated by Amanda Belichick, who was named the head coach at Wesleyan University, her alma mater, after three seasons in Columbus.
“I am thrilled to welcome Gabby as our new assistant coach,” Venechanos said. “Her work last year as our volunteer coach was invaluable to the athletes, program and the coaching staff. She is a very hard worker and has a bright coaching career ahead of her. Gabby possesses strong character and understands the Buckeye tradition, qualities which are vital in her becoming a strong role model for our current and future Buckeyes.”
Capuzzi will work primarily with the offense, in addition to various administrative and recruiting duties. While assisting with the offense last season, she mentored Jackie Cifarelli, who led the Buckeyes in total points (65) and assists (47), the latter of which was second in the ALC and in the Top 10 of the NCAA throughout the season. Capuzzi also was crucial in helping Katie Chase break the program record she previously held for single-season draw controls with 76.
“I am beyond excited to continue my coaching career with the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program and remain a part of the Buckeye family,” Capuzzi said. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play under and coach alongside Alexis [Venechanos] and Christy [Finch] over the past three years. I am looking forward to working with the team in competing at the national level and achieving our goals.”
As a player, Capuzzi lettered from 2009-12 and was a Second Team All-American and First Team All-ALC honoree in her final season wearing the Scarlet & Gray. She led the team with 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers last season and is the OSU record holder for career draws (166) after tying the single-season draw record in 2012 and owning two of the Top 3 positions.
The Broomhall, Pa., native graduated from Ohio State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is halfway through an online sports management and leadership graduate program through Duquesne.