Mount Union to Honor Alum Dom Capers September 1

Dom Capers
Dom Capers

The University of Mount Union will honor alum and former NFL coach Dom Capers on the opening day of the 2018 football season Saturday, September 1 on campus in Alliance.

Fans are encouraged to take part in events througout the day.

  • 11 a.m. -- Meet and Greet in Dom Capers Press Box at Mount Union Stadium.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Celebration of Dom Capers at Brush Performance Hall (friends and family from high school, Mount Union and the NFL talk about Coach Capers and his impact)
  • 7 p.m. -- Kickoff -- Mount Union vs. Rose-Hulman (Capers to be honored during pregame)

Capers spent 45 years as a football coach with a 32-year stint in the NFL as an assistant and the first-ever head coach of both the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. He was the 1996 NFL Coach of the Year, 1999 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year, coached four NFL Defensive Players of the Year and was the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Capers played safety and linebacker for Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, from 1968-71, and graduated with a degree in physical education and a minor in psychology. He also earned his master's degree in administration from Kent State. In May 2012, Capers delivered the commencement address at Mount Union and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Capers grew up in Buffalo, Ohio, where he was a star athlete at Meadowbrook High School. He hosted an annual charity golf tournament for 13 years (1995-2007) in the area to raise money for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center's cardiac rehab unit, and for a college scholarship in the name of Dale Dickson, Capers' former high school football coach who died of a heart attack.

The game will be broadcast on television and on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN 1310 AM.