DAVIDSON – Paul Capodanno has been named athletic director at Woodlawn School.
Known as “Coach Cap,” Capodanno takes over the Trailblazers program that finished third in the NCISAA 1A Wells Fargo Cup in 2018-19 and second the year before. He fills the position left by Victoria Arrington, who served the role for five years.
A former Division III college basketball player, he has coached boys and girls basketball and tennis at independent schools Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington and The John Carroll School in Maryland. His AAU basketball teams have competed successfully at the national level. Over the years, 20 of his players have progressed to play at the Division I level, and dozens more have participated at D-II and D-III schools, according to a press release from Woodawn.
Capodanno also has extensive leadership experience in program development and management at YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and physical education departments in public and private schools.
Capodanno is “a coach’s coach,” Woodlawn Head of School Paul Zanowski said in a statement. “Someone who works in ways that help coaches and players reach their full potential. He has a vision of academic, athletic and moral excellence that aligns with Woodlawn’s values on and off the playing fields, along with the leadership experience and planning know-how to help us take our program to the next level.”
Capodanno believes athletics are a place where life lessons are taught.
“Healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand in hand and are essential ingredients to producing lifelong learners,” he said. “So many of life’s best lessons are learned through sports, and I want all of our students to be challenged in ways that bring out their best. Every coach, every teacher and every parent are partners in building and improving the Woodlawn Way of athletic excellence.”
Woodlawn fields 13 varsity teams and eight middle school teams that compete in the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association.