Jon Capron is in his ninth season on the Bears' staff, his seventh as full-time assistant coach, after completing an outstanding four-year career at Baylor. Capron serves as the assistant head coach for cross country, primarily handling the men's team. In track, his primary duties include the distance runners and hurdlers.
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 all-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.
From 2006-09, Baylor's women combined to run the top seven fastest outdoor distance medley relay times, and in the past two seasons, have run six of the top eight indoor distance medley relays, in program history. 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.
Individually in 2007, Baylor saw the five-year-old women's 800 meter record fall in three consecutive meets. Nichole Jones broke the record to win the Big 12 title in 2:05.89. Lauren Hagans then edged Jones by .01 seconds to lower the record to 2:05.69 at the Midwest Regional. Jones reclaimed the record at the NCAA Championships clocking 2:04.69 to finish ninth and earn All-America honors. 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.
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 have made seven straight NCAA Championship appearances. The Bears have hosted the NCAA South Central Regional for six of the last seven 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. 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 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.