Matt Caponi

Matt Caponi

Assistant Coach (Safeties)

Birthday August 13
Hometown Pittsburgh, Pa.
College Mount Union, 2005 (Bachelor's)
Family Wife, Kathleen
Coaching History
2016-present West Virginia -
2013-15 Arizona -
2012 Arizona -
Graduate Assistant
2011 Pitt -
Graduate Assistant
2008-10 Washington & Jefferson -
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2006-07 Washington & Jefferson -
Defensive Backs
2005 Mount Union -
2004 Mount Union -
Student Assistant

Bowl Games Coached: (6)
2016: Russell Athletic (West Virginia)
2015: New Mexico (Arizona)
2014: Fiesta (Arizona)
2013: AdvoCare V100 (Arizona)
2012: New Mexico (Arizona)
2011: BBVA Compass (Pitt)
Playing Career
  • Played for national powerhouse Mount Union, helping the Raiders to a 55-1 record and three NCAA Division III national championships
  • Was a team captain, a starting safety and earned second team all-conference honors as a senior
Coaching Highlights
  • Has 13 years of collegiate coaching experience with six bowl appearances
West Virginia
  • In 2016, WVU's defense was ranked No. 24 nationally in fumbles recovered (11) and turnovers gained (25) and No. 35 in pass interceptions (14) and scoring defense (24.0)
  • In Big 12 games, WVU's defense was No. 1 in scoring defense, total defense and opponent first dows, No. 2 in rushing defense and No. 3 in third down defense
  • Kyzir White was named All-Big 12 Second Team by ESPN.com
  • In 2014, he coached All-Pac 12 honoree, Jared Tevis, who finished second on the team in tackles and fourth in the conference with 120. He also had nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles 
  • In 2013, Arizona safeties accounted for almost a third of the Wildcats total tackles and had five interception returns for touchdowns, tied for most among FBS schools
  • The UA defense had 18 interceptions, the most since totaling 16 in 2008
Washington & Jefferson
  • Worked with the linebackers in 2010 and oversaw the secondary for three years (2006-09)
  • While he was on staff in 2008, the Presidents advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA National Tournament.
Mount Union
  • Started as a student assistant at Mount Union in 2004
  • JV Coordinator and linebackers coach in 2005.
All-Conference Players (14)
West Virginia: Kyzir White (2016)
Arizona: Jared Tevis (2014)
Washington & Jefferson: Nick Cherish (2006), Mitch Erdely (2009), Matthew Gal (2010), Nathan Harmotto (2008-09), Chris Kessler (2007), Ryan Mullen (2007), Craig Sedunov (2008-09-10), Cory Walsh (2006)
Mount Union: Mike Gibbons (2005)
All-American Players (3)
Washington & Jefferson: Nick Cherish (2006), Craig Sedunov (2010)
Mount Union: Mike Gibbons (2005)
Professional Players (1)
Arizona: Will Parks (S)