Jeremy Capo is entering his third year at Iowa Western as the Director of Athletics. During his tenure, Capo has guided the department through unchartered waters that have included strategic planning, a thorough rebrand, facility expansion, athletic excellence, and record breaking academic success. Capo has created an emphasis in the department, and on campus, that focuses on the student athlete experience which creates a firm foundation for a culture of excellence and success in the classroom, community, and the playing field.
During his three years as the Reivers leader, Iowa Western student athletes have set the standard for classroom excellence by leading the NJCAA in Academic All-Americans each year. The Reivers set the record of 62 during the 2016-17 academic year and broke it during the 2017-18 year with 74.
Under his leadership, each program has reached the post season and had opportunities to compete for and win; conference, region, and national championships. Volleyball, men’s golf, and cheer have each finished as National Runner-up. Volleyball and women’s soccer have each finished third in the nation as well. Football, men's and women's soccer, wrestling, baseball, and women's indoor track and field have all finished in the top six at their respective NJCAA Championships. The Reivers also welcomed three individual national champions in wrestling, women's golf, and men’s golf, all of which were the first for their respective programs.
The Athletic Department has continued to grow with the expansion of the new, state-of-the-art Reiver Athletic Performance Center which opened in January of 2018. The multi-million dollar facility houses football and wrestling locker rooms, offices, a wrestling room, and meeting rooms for each program. Reiver athletics has also welcomed a completely remodeled Hoover Hall for the baseball program, complete with a new locker room, study area, and coach’s offices. In the summer of 2019, Iowa Western will bring on board, the Dr. John & Jean Marshall Wellness Center. The facility will include a 100 yard indoor turf area with football, soccer, baseball, and softball filed markings along with hitting and throwing cages. Along with the growth of facilities, Capo also added men’s & women’s bowling and shotgun sports to the Reivers. These three new teams brings the total to 24 programs under his leadership,
Capo arrived at IWCC after spending two years leading the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds athletic programs. During his time at NMJC, Capo was able to increase the department and booster club fundraising efforts by 83% by adding new booster and corporate partner giving levels and creating two new special event fundraisers including a Team Roping benefit that grossed over $90,000. Along with increasing the fundraising efforts, he also led the Thunderbirds through an extensive rebranding campaign that included brand new logos, word marks, and thunderbird fonts for the department’s six programs as well as a new department web-site. To cap off the branding efforts, Capo also created a major social media presence for the Thunderbirds.
Prior to his time at NMJC, he spent ten years in Colorado. He most recently served CSU-Pueblo as the Associate Director of Athletics for Athletics Development where he was responsible for the oversight the departments’ corporate partner program, special events and engaging with boosters and supporters to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for CSU-Pueblo's scholarships. Capo worked closely with the University foundation office on a $25 million capital campaign. He directed "The Pack Club," CSU-Pueblo's booster club, and the "ThunderGals," CSU-Pueblo's booster club for women and served on various boards within the community and on campus.
Prior to being named the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Development in 2012, Capo served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Facilities at CSU-Pueblo, where he managed operations and served as tournament director for such events as the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships as well as each home CSU-Pueblo football regular season and NCAA post season games. Capo was instrumental in the planning of bringing football back to CSU-Pueblo. He worked with coaches and staff on compliance and eligibility as well as the game operations for the football stadium.
Jeremy started in athletics as a volunteer events assistant at Fort Hays State University where he worked with the marketing department. He spent two years at Adams State University as the Director of Campus Recreation and Intramurals while volunteering in the athletics department. He landed his first full-time job in athletics, while at Adams State, as the Associate Director of Athletics for compliance and facilities.
The Colorado Springs native received his bachelor’s degree in 2002 and his master's degree in health and human performance, with an emphasis in administration, from Fort Hays State University in 2004. He is active within the NJCAA serving on the Diversity and Inclusion committe along with fulfilling his role as the District 5 representative for the NATYCAA Board of Directors through NACDA.
Capo, and his wife Darcie, have three children: Ashton, Makenzie and Riley.