New Director of Athletics
Director of Athletics Mitch Capelle joined the staff at Colby-Sawyer in the midst of a pandemic. Dealing with the unknown has been the most challenging aspect for him as he tries to navigate his new position.
“You need solid information to make sound decisions and throughout this pandemic, things moved so quickly it has been difficult to get and give concrete answers,” Capelle said. “In turn, we have not had many answers for our coaches and student-athletes. Fortunately, everyone has been very understanding and patient.”
Recently, the NCAA made the decision to cancel all Division III fall sports. Capelle said the college will use this time as an opportunity to focus on making strong student relationships and to continue to provide a meaningful athletic experience.
“We are going to get creative and work on how we can safely hold team practices and meetings so our student-athletes can continue with the sports they love,” Capelle said. “We will find alternative opportunities for growth for our teams and, when it is safe again, return to the fields, courts and lanes to compete.”
Although Capelle just began his new role here at Colby-Sawyer, he is no stranger to campus. He first arrived at Colby-Sawyer in 2006 where he served as the Sports Information Director for two years. It is during this time that Capelle first fell in love with the college.
“I am excited to return to this beautiful area of the state and to work with the student-athletes, coaches and staff here at Colby-Sawyer,” Capelle said. “Everyone has been so welcoming. There is a real sense of pride and caring for athletics and the student-athletes and so many people are engaged in helping our student athletes succeed.”
Capelle said he looks forward to students arriving on campus so he can meet the student-athletes and get to know them. He said he especially looks forward to hearing their goals and aspirations and to hear their stories.
“I want to work with our coaches to make these four years as a Chargers student-athlete as meaningful as they can be and help them find their full potential,” Capelle said. “I am excited for the day when we can return to competition and cheer for the Chargers.”
Capelle lives with his wife Danielle, and their two daughters, Evelyn (7) and Eleanor (5) in Manchester, N.H. They are also proud parents of two boxers, Oliver and Amaya. In their free time they enjoy exploring New England, spending time outside working in the yard and spending as much time as possible as a family riding bikes, going on walks and swimming at the pool.