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Email Coach Capron at Jon_Capron@baylor.edu
Jon Capron is in his 11th season as an assistant coach, after completing an outstanding four-year career at Baylor. Capron serves as the assistant head coach for cross country, handling the men's team. In track, his primary duties include the distance runners and intermediate hurdlers.
During the 2013 cross country season, Capron guided the men's team to a seventh-place Big 12 finish, matching 2012's outcome. As a team, Capron's squad garnered five top-10 finishes during its six-meet schedule. Under his direction, senior Brad Miles won the North Texas Invitational meet.
Last season on the track, Capron coached Christina Holland to the 400-meter hurdles title at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The victory came in a school-record time of 56.81. Holland also claimed the event title at two other meets, while earning All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a ninth-place finish. Under Capron's guidance, Holland wrapped up her four-year Baylor career with six of the top-10 400-hurdle times in program history. Capron's distance crew picked up events wins at the TCU Invitational (Chris McElroy, 1,500-meters), the Baylor Quad Invitational (Taylor Jackson, 2,000-meter steeplechase & Matt Galvin, 3,000-meters) and the Michael Johnson Classic (Brad Miles, 5,000-meters). Academically, distance runners Jackson and Blake Niccum were selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field and Cross Country Team.
During the fall of 2012 in cross country, Capron guided the men's squad to its highest finish at the Big 12 Championship (seventh) since 2004. In all, the team totaled three top-five finishes during its six-meet schedule. Under his watch, Niccum garnered Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
In 2012 on the track, Capron directed Holland to outdoor All-Big 12 honors in the 400-meter hurdles with a third-place finish in 56.87. Holland went on to advance to the NCAA Championships were she just missed out on All-American status by taking ninth. On the men's side, Gabriel El Hanbli enjoyed a successful outdoor season under Capron's guidance with four top-five finishes in the 400-hurdles, including a season-best time of 51.12 to be third at the Drake Relays. Capron also helped distance runners Taylor Jackson take third at the Michael Johnson Classic in the steeplechase (9:32.39) and Robbie Knorr finished 14th at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in the 10,000-meters (30:30.52).
In 2011, Baylor's men highlighted the season with a second consecutive Big 12 Indoor distance medley relay title, claiming back-to-back wins in the event for the second time since 2003. Capron also guided newcomer Gabriel El Hanbli to All-Big 12 honors in the 400-meter hurdles, as well as two individual meet titles in the event.
In 2010, Capron helped form a school-record breaking men's distance medley relay team that was on the cusp on racing its way to the NCAA indoor meet. After setting the school record at the Tyson Invitational and winning the Big 12 title in consecutive weeks, the men's DMR turned in Baylor's fastest time ever of 9:34.90, more than eight seconds faster that the record entering the season. In addition, both Baylor's men and women earned aAl-Big 12 indoor honors in the Big 12, while Robbie Knorr was all-Big 12 in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters and Kristen Hanselka was All-Big 12 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Also during the 2010 season, Capron tutored Chance Casey helping him earn All-Big 12 honors outdoors. Casey placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 50.65 at the Big 12 meet, before finishing 15th at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in a time of 51.02.
From 2006-09, Baylor's women have also set new school records in the 4x1,600-meter relay, including the world's top time in 2008, and the outdoor 4x800-meter relay. During the span, Baylor's long relay teams earned All-America honors three consecutive seasons from 2006-08.
One of the key parts to Baylor's distance success in the relays as well as individually, has been the development of three-time track All-American Erin Bedell. Capron helped Bedell record a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. At that meet she broke the school-record in the event with a time of 9:56.19.
In 2005, Brittany Brockman was the only Baylor female athlete to earn individual All-America honors outdoors by finishing 11th at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters.
For the men, Bo Price became an indoor All-Big 12 performer in the men's 3,000 meters, while Mitch Sanders earned all-conference honors in the men's outdoor 1,500 meters. In 2006, Cody Wells earned all-Big 12 honors in the 10,000 meters.
Capron has also played an integral role in the recent success of Baylor's cross country teams. The women's teams made seven straight NCAA Championship appearances from 2003-09. The Bears have hosted the NCAA South Central Regional for eight of the last 10 seasons with the women finishing second in 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2003 and third in 2004, while the men finished seventh in 2006, 2004 and 2003 and fourth in 2010.
In 2003, the women recorded their highest finish in school history by placing second at the Big 12 Championships and Brockman led the Bears to a third-place finish in 2005 to earn her third straight all-conference honor. Brockman also won the 2005 NCAA South Central Regional title as a school-record six women earned all-region and three earned all-conference honors.
During his career, Capron earned All-Big 12 accolades two straight years (2001 & 2002) in the 1,000 meters and was a member of record-setting 4x1,500 and 4x800 relay teams.
Capron, who was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i, was a three-time all-state cross country runner at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, N.M. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Baylor in 2003 and his master's degree in exercise physiology two years later. He is married to the former Kelly Pace, who is also a Baylor graduate. The couple and their sons Caleb and Luke, and daughter Abby, live in Hewitt, Texas, just outside of Waco.