Position: Assistant Coach
Years with Y-D: 2
Alma Mater: West Texas A&M University
Caples is returning to YD for his 2nd season (1st in 2019) and is currently an Assistant at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. At SAU, Caples works with the Mulerider offense. In his first year, the Muleriders have clinched the regular season Great American Conference title and climbed as high as #4 in the country in the national polls.
Caples spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for Little Rock working with the catchers, serving as an on-field base coach during games, and handling all operational responsibilities within the program. In his time at Little Rock, he saw Kale Emshoff become one of the nation’s top catchers before being signed by the Kansas City Royals as a free agent in the summer of 2020.
Prior to Little Rock, Caples served as an assistant at the University of Arkansas-Monticello where he worked with the offense and catchers. In 2018 at UAM, he helped lead one of the country’s best offenses which ranked 8th nationally in home runs, 8th nationally in slugging percentage, and 16th nationally in batting average.
In 2016, Caples also coached Corey Wood who won the Josh Willingham Award, given to NCAA Division II’s most valuable player. Caples also spent the fall of 2018 as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Tarleton State University before transferring to Little Rock.
As a player, Caples spent two years at Western Texas Community College before transferring to West Texas A&M University for his final two years.
Caples earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from West Texas A&M and a Masters in Education from Arkansas-Monticello. He is married to Victoria Caples.