Caputo named DSU women’s basketball coach: Guided Division II Bloomfield to two NCAA tournaments

Dave Caputo (Photo courtesy of Bloomfield Athletics)

DOVER — Delaware State University’s month of new hires continued as the Hornets have a new women’s basketball coach, the university announced Friday.

Dave Caputo was introduced as Delaware State’s new head coach. Caputo was previously an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington prior to accepting the job with the Hornets.

Since the beginning of July Delaware State has hired a new athletic director, Scott Gines, a new men’s basketball coach, Eric Skeeters, and now Caputo.

The women’s basketball position had been open for 168 days after Barbara Burgess was let go on Feb. 22, the same day men’s basketball Keith Walker was also fired.

Caputo has head coaching experience with Bloomfield College, a Division II school in New Jersey. He went 82-36 as head coach and won three conference titles and made the Division II NCAA Tournament twice.

He won the conference Coach of the Year award in 2016 while at Bloomfield.

Caputo also has stops as a Division I assistant at Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic.

“David Caputo is a proven teacher, leader and winner,” Gines said in a press release. “He has an infectious spirit and his career displays passion, perseverance and the fruits of making programs bigger, faster, stronger and more competitive at the conference and national levels. David is an adaptive and relentless recruiter with a keen ability to build team cohesion and elevate performance in all areas. I strongly believe he will resonate with our current players, campus, alumni and community.”

Caputo’s career also includes a three-year stint as head coach at Florida’s Indian River Community College — a junior college. He won the regular season conference championship and reached the final eight of the national tournament every year of his tenure at Indian River Community College.

He won another conference Coach of the Year award there and was a nominee for national Coach of the Year twice.

Caputo also has been an assistant at Bloomfield College and Santa Fe Community College.

“I am honored, humbled and blessed for this opportunity to lead the Delaware State women’s basketball team,” Caputo said. “The program is a sleeping giant and the school is guided by the outstanding leaders. After hearing the vision for the program laid out by Dr. Mishoe (DSU President) and Dr. Gines, I am convinced this is the right move for me and my family.”

Caputo is a graduate of Montclair State in New Jersey.

His oldest son is Dana Raysor, who played on the Delaware State men’s basketball team from 2015 to 2017.

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