Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Rebecca Capinera as Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator.
"Rebecca is going to have an immediate impact on our student-athletes and department," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ona Halladay. "She has a wealth of experience starting as a successful Division I women's soccer player to holding many high-level coaching positions throughout her career. She is skilled at building culture and comradery amongst student-athletes and coaches. She has been successful in developing programs to support student-athlete development, professional development for coaches, and community engagement."
"I am excited for Rebecca to make an immediate impact on our students, staff, and administration as we move boldly forward as an athletic department and institution."
At Northfield Mount Hermon as Associate Athletic Director, Rebecca led or assisted in several areas of the department from 2015-2019. A preparatory school in Massachusetts, Capinera served as a co-chair of Athletic Task Force, creating a strategic plan to reinvigorate NMH Athletics and directly impact programs in the immediate future and beyond.
A great deal of Rebecca's roles dealt with coaches and student-athletes, serving as a resource for recruiting, professional development, and program oversight. Rebecca co-led the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee, helping facilitate leadership among student athletes and serving as an advocate and liaison for over 140 current NCAA bound athletes to DI, DII, and DIII institutions.
While Capinera's main administrative duties included scheduling contests for 67 NMH teams, maintaining staff hours, and gameday management roles; Rebecca also assisted in all stages of the hiring process for full-time, part-time, and adjunct coaches. As faculty of NMH, Rebecca also served as an advisor, dorm faculty, and student life seminar member.
Capinera will take on similar duties within the athletics department at D'Youville. Her roles will include, but not be limited to Senior Woman Administrator, direct report for some coaches, game administration, graduate assistant supervisor, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor. In addition, she would be responsible for creating programming for student-athlete development.
"From St. John's to Binghamton, I have been extremely fortunate to have great mentors at every step of the way," said upon her hiring to the D'Youville Athletic Department. "I believe in operating with a culture first mentality and that the success of an athletic department falls on the shoulders of those that interact with student athletes and coaches daily."
"While the world of athletics continues to evolve, I will always believe in the importance of collaboration, work ethic, and communication. I am eager to be present and support our student athletes, coaches, and admin team to keep expanding our emphasis on academic and athletic achievement, with integrity and inclusivity at the forefront."
Capinera was very passionate and specific on why D'Youville was the right fit for her.
"The people," she said. "D'Youville College is committed to success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. I truly believe in the vision, leadership, and opportunity that presents itself. More specifically, that of an athletic department that embraces the culture of empowering their student athletes and coaches with purpose, to provide an experience that serves them and our community long after their time as a Spartan."
Rebecca brings a great deal of experience at the collegiate level as a player and coach. Prior to her time at D'Youville, Capinera worked at Binghamton University as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team. As part of her duties with the women's soccer program, Capinera was head of film breakdown, game analysis, social media, and team building workshops. She assisted in the development of a team that made an America East Tournament appearance and four players who received America East Honors.
At the University of Massachusetts from 2011-15 as an assistant coach on the women's soccer team, Capinera also spent time coaching with FC Massachusetts as Goalkeeper Director and Registrar. As an assistant coach with UM, Rebecca assisted with recruiting, travel operations and budget breakdown and was head of academic oversight, film operations, goal setting and team building workshops. She assisted in the development of four A10 Tournament appearances, 12 All-Atlantic 10 Honors, and four All-New England selections with NSCAA College Team Academic Awards from 2011-15. With FC Massachusetts, Capinera organized player pass cards, rosters, and field assignments.
Beginning her coaching career at St. Bonaventure University in 2009 as an assistant coach, Rebecca helped the Bonnies capture two 10-plus win seasons in 2009 and 2010 where the team went to back-to-back A-10 Tournament appearances. In addition, the team had five all-conference selections and five National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region Honors and the team received NSCAA Team Academic Award from 2009-11. She coached with the Bonnies from 2009-11.
Her career began at St. John's University as a four-year player for the Red Storm.