Capitani named Women's Swimming head coach
April 20, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Carol Capitani, who has served as associate head coach at the University of Georgia's men's and women's program, has been named women’s swimming and diving head coach at The University of Texas. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by UT Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky.
"I would like to thank Chris Plonsky and the administration at The University of Texas for providing the opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level of college athletics,” said Capitani. “I am very excited to lead a program with such great tradition and history, and Texas is a great institution that takes pride in excelling in athletics and academics. I have seen the commitment Texas has for helping its swimming and diving program be one of the best, and I am really looking forward to helping this program and the student-athletes reach and exceed their full potential."
Prior to her time at Georgia, Capitani had a three-year stint from 1993-1996 as Associate Coach for the men's and women's programs at Villanova University. She helped lead the Lady Wildcats to three consecutive Big East Championship team titles, and several men and women at Villanova scored at the NCAA Championships in each of those three seasons.
Along with her experience with the Singapore National Team, Capitani has served on several national team staffs. She was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team during the 2011 World University Games in China. Capitani was the Singapore head coach for the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos and the 2009 Asian Youth Games in Singapore. She also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at the 2007 Japan International Grand Prix in Tokyo and the 2005 World University Games in Turkey.
Capitani spent her collegiate swimming career at the University of California, where she accumulated eight All-America honors in the individual medley and breaststroke events. She graduated from the University of California in 1991 with a B.A. in English and completed her Master's degree in English at Villanova University in 1999.
She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters, Carmen Jane (born November 1, 2002) and Tatum Louise (born December 16, 2004).