COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gabby Capuzzi, who both played and coached at Ohio State previously, is returning to Columbus and will be the Buckeyes’ associate head coach, Amy Bokker announced today.
Capuzzi, a four-year letterwinner form 2009-12 and assistant coach from 2012-14, has spent the last six seasons at Navy, where she held the titles of assistant coach (2015-18) and associate head coach (2019-20). Capuzzi’s primary focus was on Navy’s defensive, while she also has an active role in recruiting.
“Thank you to Gene Smith, Janine Oman and Amy Bokker for granting me the privilege to serve as the Associate Head Coach for the women’s lacrosse program,” said Capuzzi. “As a proud alumna, I am extremely honored and grateful to be presented this opportunity at an institution that is so special and dear to my heart. My husband, Greg, and I are thrilled to return to our Buckeye roots! I look forward to leading the women of Buckeye Lacrosse alongside Coach Bokker and her staff. She is one of the most respected coaches in our game and I am excited for the chance to learn from her as I begin this journey under her leadership.”
A second team All-American during her time with the Scarlet and Gray, Capuzzi led the team with 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers in 2012. She is third in career draws (166) and owns two of the top 10 single-season records in that category.
Following her playing days, Capuzzi remained with the program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an assistant coach. She served as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and draw specialist. In 2014, Capuzzi helped Ohio State finish 13-7 and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gabby and her husband Greg home to Buckeye Nation,” said Bokker. “Gabby is a successful, veteran associate head coach. She knows and loves Ohio State and that passion came through in all of our conversations. We are truly grateful she wanted to come back to Columbus. Gabby represents so many of our program’s established core values. I am specifically excited for her to share her pride and love for Buckeye lacrosse with future recruits and most importantly our current team.”
Over her six seasons at Navy, the Midshipmen won 80 games and in 2017 became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four. Navy won Patriot League titles in 2017 and 2018 and registered at least 13 wins in every full season that it played during Capuzzi’s tenure.
Despite the shortened season, the Midshipmen finished the 2020 campaign ranked No. 21 according to the IWLCA Coaches Poll, extending their streak 38 consecutive weeks in the national polls, dating back to the final rankings of the 2017 season.
Capuzzi coached six All-Americans, one Tewaraaton Top 25 finalist and three Patriot League Midfielder’s on the Year during her time in Annapolis. A total of 22 student-athletes garnered All-Patriot League honors between 2015-19. Her impact on Navy’s program was immediate: in 2015, her first season, Navy ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense at 7.75 goals per game. The Mids held 13 of their 20 opponents under 10 goals and 10 players finished with 10 or more caused turnovers. Under Capuzzi, Navy recorded three of the top four seasons in school history for caused turnovers and two of the three best performances for ground balls. In 2017 and 2018, the Mids set the school record for draw controls.
Following the 2017 campaign, Capuzzi competed as part of Team Italy in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England. She finished with 29 goals – tied for most in the tournament – to help Italy to an 11th place finish in its first ever World Cup. The next year, Capuzzi led the New England Command to the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) championship title with a 12-11 victory over the top-seeded Baltimore Brave at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md.
Beginning today, July 1, Capuzzi starts a term as the Division I representative for the IWLCA Board of Directors.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication with a minor in media production and analysis from Ohio State in 2012, Capuzzi went on to graduate with a master of science in sports administration and leadership from Duquesne University in June of 2014. Her husband, Greg Solomon, was a catcher for the Ohio State baseball team from 2011-13.