WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head men’s lacrosse coach Judd Lattimore has announced the hiring of Nico Capron as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
“I am excited to welcome Nico Capron to our program,” said Lattimore. “He has played and coached at the top level of our sport. Nico was an outstanding defensive player and has coached some of the best defenses in the country. He has also built great relationships with some of the top high school club programs. Nico is a great addition to our program.”
Capron spent the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant coach and director of operations at St. Joseph’s as the Hawks won the Northeast Conference regular season championship. Capron was a big factor in the defensive success of the team as the Hawks were ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (7.88), eighth in face-off winning percentage (60.8%) and 12th in man-down defense (69.4%). St. Joseph’s also had the 2016 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in T.J. Jones in addition to three All-Conference defenders.
Previously, Capron spent nine months at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as the volunteer assistant coach and director of operations. Under Capron’s direction, Queens’ 2015 face-off unit posted a 61.7 win percentage.
Capron also received coaching experience with StickWithUs Lacrosse, based out of Charlotte, N.C. Capron worked with all age groups with a primary responsibility on defensive schemes and individual defensive work.
Capron had an outstanding career at Canisius. He led the team to the 2012 Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. After graduation, he played on the lacrosse team for Durham University in Durham, England, where he was named the Team MVP in 2013. While in England, he also served as an assistant coach at Newcastle University. Capron most recently played professionally for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse from 2014-2015.
Capron received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in psychology from Canisius in 2012 and a master’s degree in management from Durham University (England) in 2013.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CAPRON
“I am thrilled for Nico to be taking the next steps in his coaching career as a full-time assistant at Holy Cross. Nico did a terrific job for us last year and we are really sorry to see him go. He is a knowledgeable coach, he has an energetic and outgoing personality and he established a great demeanor with our players in his short time with us. I know he will be well received by the players, coaches and the rest of the Holy Cross community.” – St. Joseph’s Head Coach Taylor Wray
“I am very excited for Nico and this incredible opportunity to work under coach Lattimore. Nico has a love and passion for the game that is contagious and will bring his enthusiasm, knowledge, mentorship and dedication every day to the Holy Cross community and the men’s lacrosse program. I am really proud of him.” – Canisius Head Coach Randy Mearns
“I was fortunate when Nico joined our staff. I could tell right away that Nico was going to be a very good college coach. He did a great job for me and brought some great ideas and enthusiasm to our program. When he had the opportunity to go to St. Joseph’s as a volunteer I knew it was a good move for him and would not be long before his coaching career would really take off.” – Former Queens University Head Coach Jim Fritz