Brook Capello joined the Sharks prior to the 2016 campaign and in five seasons has already made an impact on the program, being named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year following the 2019 campaign.
She has seen the Sharks improve dramatically since her first year with the program, taking the team from a ninth-place conference finish to the third-best league record lin 2018 and the second-best in 2019. The squad looked destined to even greater heights with an 8-2 start to the 2020 season for the program's best record after the first 10 games of any season in school history, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak that shortened the season. The team has posted a 28-12 (.700) record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play over the last two conference seasons and has won at least one playoff game in each of the last three GNAC Tournaments. The Simmons mentor has overseen 20-plus-win seasons in each of the last two full campaigns for the first time at the school since 2013-14 and has won 80 games in her five seasons at the helm for the Sharks to add to 76 victories from a five-year stint with Newbury College. Including the team's 8-2 mark to begin the 2020 season, Capello has seen Simmons post a 20-5 record over its last 25 games for an impressive .800 winning percentage. In addition, the former Stonehill College standout has coached a dozen all-conference selections and three all-region honorees during her tenure at Simmons.
Capello guided the Sharks back to the GNAC Championship game in 2019 for the first time since 2014 and led the squad to the highest conference winning percentage in school history at .813 with a 13-3 league mark. The Simmons mentor presided over one of the most complete teams in the conference in 2019, bolstered by an explosive offense that led the league in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, runs batted in, total bases and walks, while being shut out just twice -- 39 games apart. The Sharks pitching matched their offensive prowess, posting the lowest earned run average and opponents' batting average in conference-only games. Simmons put together its longest win streak (nine games) in eight years and swept six conference opponents, while losing to just two league foes during the regular season. Capello's squad was extremely talented with a school-record seven all-conference selections, including the GNAC Rookie of the Year, in addition to four players combining for five Player of the Week honors, three different players being tabbed Rookie of the Week and one player earning Pitcher of the Week accolades. The team also produced an All-Region honoree and ranked 15th in the nation in triples per game.
Capello's 2019 edition showed her progression as a recruiter, building off the previous season that saw the Sharks post their highest win total since 2014 at 22-19, including 15-9 in league play and advance to the GNAC Tournament semifinals. Simmons boasted four All-Conference players, including a pair of All-Region performers and strung together and eight-game win streak. The Sharks also ranked 17th in the nation in triples, while leading the conference and won a playoff game for the second straight season.
In her first year with Simmons, Capello saw two Sharks named All-Conference, while the team's defense ranked fourth in the nation in double plays per game.
The Massachusetts native came to Boston following a nine-year stint at Newbury, where she served as the Nighthawks’ Head Coach for five years and as an Assistant Coach in her first four seasons in Brookline. Under Capello, Newbury reached new heights. She directed the Nighthawks to a pair of 20-win seasons, including a school record 21 victories in 2013. The 2013 campaign saw Newbury record a 12-6 mark in New England Collegiate Conference play to earn the number three seed, before finishing as the league runner-up following an appearance in the NECC Championship contest. Capello was rewarded by being named the NECC Coach of the Year as well as Newbury College’s Coach of the Year.
In her five years as the Head Coach with the Nighthawks, Capello became the program’s all-time leader in coaching victories and turned in a 57-52 mark in her last three years. The field general coached Newbury to four winning campaigns in conference play, racking up a 51-37 mark against NECC opponents, including a 35-19 (.648) record over the last three years.
Capello proved to be an excellent recruiter at Newbury as evidenced by 22 All-Conference honorees, including 10 First Teamers and the school’s first-ever All-Region recipient. Her players rewrote the Nighthawks’ record book with improving offensive and defensive numbers since her promotion to Head Coach. The squad broke 72 school records, including hitting, pitching and fielding standards. Her players were also exceptional student-athletes performing well off the field as well, with 22 individuals earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete accolades. Her team turned in the ninth-highest grade point average among NCAA Division III squads in 2014 and ranked second in the nation in 2015 to earn the NFCA Top 10 Award for the second straight year.
In her first season at the helm in 2011, the Nighthawks improved in all facets of the game, besting their previous season totals in eight categories, which helped them to their first-ever appearance in the NECC semifinals with a 9-7 conference record.
In addition to coaching at Newbury, Capello has also coached with the highly respected Polar Crush organization. She was the Head Coach of the program’s Elite Team and more recently has served as the Head Coach for the Polar Crush Gold National Team, which travels all across the country.
Prior to the 2011 season, Capello spent four years as an assistant coach with Newbury. As an assistant coach with the Nighthawks, she helped the program earn double-digit wins for the first time in school history, while making a pair of trips to the Association of Division III Independents Championship Tournament.
In addition to her coaching duties, Capello also served as Assistant Director of Athletics and the Senior Woman Administrator at Newbury and was previously a Staff Assistant in the Registrars office on campus.
A native of Hanover, Mass., she graduated from Stonehill College in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology before earning her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2010.