Mount Union to Celebrate Dom Capers Day
July 19, 2018
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will honor alumnus and former NFL coach Dom Capers ’72 on opening day of the 2018 Purple Raider football season Saturday, September 1, at Mount Union.
A series of events will take place during the day, including a meet and greet in the Dom Capers Press Box at Mount Union Stadium, a celebration of Capers’ career and generosity toward Mount Union in Brush Performance Hall in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts, and a pre-game recognition of Capers before the football game. Fans are encouraged to take part in events throughout the day.
Capers spent 45 years as a football coach with a 32-year stint in the NFL as an assistant and the first-ever head coach of both the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. He was the 1996 NFL Coach of the Year, 1999 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year, coached four NFL Defensive Players of the Year and was the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
Capers played safety and linebacker for Mount Union from 1968 to 1971 and graduated with a degree in physical education and a minor in psychology. He earned his master's degree in administration from Kent State University. In May 2012, Capers delivered the commencement address at Mount Union and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Capers grew up in Buffalo, Ohio, where he was a star athlete at Meadowbrook High School. He hosted an annual charity golf tournament for 13 years (1995-2007) in the area to raise money for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center's cardiac rehab unit and for a college scholarship in the name of Dale Dickson, Capers' former high school football coach who died of a heart attack.
For full event details and additional information about Dom Capers Day, visit the Mount Union athletics website.