Montclair, NJ (9/22/10) – Senior Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ / St. Joseph’s (Montvale)) was chosen as the Division III Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) for the 2009-10 academic year. Capozzoli will be presented with his award at the organization’s luncheon on Thursday, October 7 in Somerset, NJ.
Capozzoli becomes the second straight and fifth Montclair State athlete in the last six years to be honored. Soccer standouts Stephanie Sabaliauskas and Bill Anthes were honor in 2005 and 2007, respectively with softball All-American Jackie Ferranti being named for the 2007-08 academic year. Taylor Bonner, who starred in both football and lacrosse was the recipient last year.
Capozzoli, the NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Region selection by D3Football.com, helped the Montclair State football team to one of its finest seasons in the last three decades in 2009 as the Red Hawks captured their 18th New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. MSU finished the season at 10-2, tying the school record for victories. After opening the season with a loss at Wilkes, Montclair ran off 10 consecutive wins, including all nine NJAC contests before adding one more in a 38-22 win against Maine Maritime in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.
Capozzoli led the conference in PAT percentage (.972), while ranking third in kick scoring per game (5.7 points). He connected on 10-of-15 field goal attempts, and a league-best 35-of-36 PATs. Included in his 10 field goals was a three-field goal performance in MSU's 16-13 win over The College of New Jersey on October 24. In that game Capozzoli - one of only three kickers in Montclair history to make 30 career field goals - became the first Montclair State placekicker to connect on three 40-yard attempts in a game as he hit from 42,44 and career-best 47 yards in the rain.
The left-footed Capozzoli was 31-of-49 in field goals for his career and successfully converted 92-of-99 point-after chances for a total of 185 points. He ranks third on the all-time field goal list at Montclair State and he is second in career extra points and ninth in points scored.
Off the field, Capozzoli was even more successful. A six-time Dean’s List member at Montclair State, he graduated magna cum laude from the University in January 2010 with his degree in Political Science while also earning a minor in Psychology and Public Administration. He was a First-Team NJAC All-Academic Team selection and was named the Male Scholar Athlete Award winner at Montclair State in May. Capozzoli was a member of the National Student-Athlete Honor Society and was named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society.
Capozzoli also organized the Red Hawk football team’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” drive last October and was a part of the many community service projects done by Montclair State’s TALON (Teaching Athletes Leadership Opportunities Now).
In June, Capozzoli signed on with the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football League helping his team to the AFL semifinals.