Miami Basketball Associate Head Coach Chris Caputo was acknowledged on ESPN’s list of the best coaches under 40 in a piece from its collection of basketball writers.
Miami Basketball Associate Head Coach Chris Caputo has nine years under his belt at The U and has been Head Coach Jim Larrañaga’s right-hand man for 18 seasons. Caputo was recently named by ESPN as one of the 40 best college basketball coaches under 40 years old. This isn’t Caputo’s first time gaining attention nationally.
Within the past year, the associate head coach was named one of Silver Waves Media’s 50 most impactful high major coaches in D1 men’s basketball, as well as Yardbarker’s 10 college hoops assistants on the rise. Caputo interviewed for the head coaching position at Buffalo this past offseason.
So why has Caputo gained national recognition? The Westfield State grad has played a large role in the recruitment and development of some of the Canes’ top players in recent memory. The associate head coach has been on staff for three of Miami’s four five-star recruits in Miami Basketball history.
Bruce Brown and Dewan Hernandez in 2016 and Lonnie Walker in 2017 all signed with the Hurricanes with Caputo on the Miami staff, Miami obtained NCAA tournament bids in both of Brown’s seasons playing for the Hurricanes, the one season under Walker and two of the three with Hernandez on the roster.
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Caputo has also helped the Hurricanes take strides defensively. The 2012-13 Miami team was arguably the best in Hurricanes history winning the ACC regular season and tournament championships for the first time in school history. Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2013 and 2016.
Caputo’s elite ability to scout teams helped the Canes to top 40 marks in turnovers per game, scoring margin, and scoring defense. His scouting and recruitment abilities have played a big role in getting Miami to four NCAA tournaments. Caputo has been an interim coach for Miami when Larranaga has been out because of illness.