Capra joins KSU women’s bball staff

By The Mercury

Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie finalized his staff on Tuesday by adding Jacie Capra as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Capra joins a K-State staff that features associate head coach Brian Ostermann, assistant coach Ebony Gilliam and assistant coach Claire Coggins.

“I wanted somebody that continued to improve our ability to recruit across the state of Kansas,” Mittie said in a press release about Capra. “Jacie grew up in the gym. Her mom is one of the legendary coaches in the state. I wanted somebody that had that background from the time she was born and Jacie has that. She has the energy, drive and passion to be an excellent coach.

“I was impressed with what she has done to further improve her coaching every single year. Her job will be to coordinate all of our recruiting operations on campus. She will be the liaison between young players across the state for our camps and the coaches, both AAU and high school, not just across the state of Kansas but nationwide.”

Capra (formerly Hoyt) returns to the state of Kansas after a four-year stint at Nevada, with the last three seasons as an assistant coach on Jane Albright’s staff. As an assistant with the Wolfpack, Capra’s responsibilities included scouting, recruiting, point-guard development, equipment, scout team management and summer camp coordinator.

Prior to her appointment as an assistant coach, Capra served as the team’s director of basketball operations during the 2011-12 season.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here and to be back in the state of Kansas,” Capra said in the release. “The people are just unbelievable. They are warm. They are welcoming. They all take so much pride in this university. To get to be a part of this special group of people, especially here in Manhattan, is something I am really excited about and looking forward to.

“I am also really excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Mittie and learn from him. He is somebody I have always respected in the game of basketball. He is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country in terms of Xs and Os. I am really excited to learn a new philosophy and a new system from him.”

As the head coach at Wichita State, Albright recruited Capra out of high school in Hoxie, where she played basketball for her mother and coach Shelly Hoyt. Capra was a three-time all-state performer in volleyball and basketball, as well as a state champion in multiple track events.

As a senior for Hoxie, the first-team all-class selection averaged 28.4 points per game, 7.4 assists per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 6.1 steals per game. Capra had one of the most prolific scoring careers in state history, scoring 2,016 points in just three years after missing her entire freshman season with an injury. Her career average of 26.6 points per game is sixth in career scoring average for the state of Kansas.

Capra’s college career was haunted by injuries, allowing her to play only two of seasons for the Shockers. As a freshman, Capra led the team in assists, was second in free-throw attempts and fourth in scoring. As a sophomore, she was named team captain, while also earning the Iron Shocker Award. Capra continued to distribute the ball to her teammates, as she ranked fourth in the Missouri Valley in assists, while averaging a positive assist/turnover ratio.

In addition to her success on the court, Capra was also a standout in the classroom, landing on the Missouri Valley, Athletic Director, and Dean’s honor rolls from 2006-08 with the Shockers. Capra graduated Cum Laude with a degree in general studies from Wichita State in 2009.

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