Famed Nantucket Football Coach Vito Capizzo Dies at 78

May 24, 2018 368

Legendary Nantucket football coach Vito Capizzo, who led the Whalers in decades of Island Cup rivalry games against the Vineyard, died May 17. He was 78. His death was announced on Facebook by his son Scott Capizzo. “He was a legend, a living legend,” former Vineyard football coach Don Herman said of his friend and longtime rival.

Mr. Capizzo coached the Nantucket high school team for 45 years and was one of the most successful football coaches in state history, retiring just seven wins shy of 300. Smoking his trademark pipe on the sidelines, he led Nantucket to nine appearances in the Super Bowl, including three championships. The team regularly defeated the Vineyard in the storied Island Cup rivalry game during the 1980s and 1990s.

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SOURCE: https://vineyardgazette.com

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