RELEASE COURTESY OF THE RMAC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 26, 2017) - Dr. Dan Caprioglio has been selected as the 2016-17 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Faculty Mentor of the Year award recipient.
Dr. Caprioglio was heavily involved on the CSU-Pueblo campus and around the Pueblo community. He was a tenured biology professor, Director of the Biology Graduate Program, the faculty athletic representative (FAR), and a pre-med advisor. As a passionate mentor to many former and current student-athletes at CSU-Pueblo, Dr. Dan dedicated himself to helping them reach their goals and aspirations, beyond athletics.
"Dr. Dan was a true champion of the Pack student-athletes," said RMAC Commissioner Chris Graham. "As an athlete himself, he understood their opportunities, experiences and challenges. He initiated discussions at league meetings centered around best practices to enhance the academic and athletic interests of all student-athletes. Dr. Dan is an exceptional choice for this award."
He genuinely cared for the wellbeing of each student-athlete he encountered and would demonstrate his support by attending many athletic events. Several of his mentees mentioned he was an outstanding professor and always provided the best education for his students. He was an engaging and challenging person who was spirited and a joy to be around.
Aside from his endless contribution to student-athletes, Dr. Dan always found time to remain physically fit and active. The former professional marathoner would often be seen going on runs or riding his bike around the community. Nevertheless, his students always came first. He made sure they were on the best path towards success, putting their schedule before his, even if it meant waking up at 6 a.m. to answer questions or proctor an exam.
On June 9, 2017, Dr. Dan passed away after being stuck by a car while bicycling. His legacy, stories and words of wisdom will continue to influence in the Pueblo community. In an effort to continue Dr. Caprioglio's focus on student-athletes' academic success, the CSU-Pueblo's Athletic Department's student-athlete honor roll was named in his honor.
"Dan Caprioglio was an outstanding professor, mentor and friend to all the students at CSU-Pueblo that he came into contact with," stated CSU-Pueblo Athletic Director Joe Folda. "He truly had a passion for our student athletes, he understood their time commitments to athletics and academics and always had their best interests in mind. Dan will be missed by all in athletics and his legacy will live on through the "Dr. Dan" Student Athlete Honor Roll. Thank you Dr. Dan Caprioglio for your service and caring about our Pack Student Athletes!"
As the 2016-17 RMAC award recipient, Dan will also be nominated for the NCAA Division II Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award.
Two members of CSU-Pueblo's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will accept Dr. Dan's award on his behalf at the RMAC meetings next week.
About the RMAC:
The RMAC is a premier NCAA Division II conference with 15-member schools, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2018-19 Dixie State University will join the RMAC as the 16th member institution. The RMAC sponsors 23 varsity NCAA sports and has produced 59 NCAA Division II national champions and 48 national runners-up since 1992.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.