By: David Nugent
The opportunity to coach at one’s alma mater is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most coaches. Such is the case for Daniel Capp, as last month he returned to his alma mater, Hannibal LaGrange University, to take the reins of the wrestling program.
Capp replaces longtime head coach, Scott Hawes, who made the decision to step down as head coach after guiding the Trojans over the past 12 seasons. The decision to relinquish his post was not one that Hawes took lightly, but that he felt necessary to advance the HLG program in a forward direction.
“I will be 45 years old this year, with no assistant coaches. Because I have managed this situation for a few years, I did not see the administration giving me any additional help,” Hawes said. “ I love HLGU. I want to see it succeed. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to help it succeed by continuing to be the only coach. I believe it is time for a younger coach to come in and take their passion to build this program up.”