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Posted on: January 20, 2017

LONGTIME EDCOUCH-ELSA BASKETBALL COACH HONORED FOR 1,000TH CAREER WIN

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Coach Robert Capello has achieved statewide and national recognition during his long and distinguished career as a high school basketball coach, the longtime coach of the Edcouch-Elsa High School reached a milestone on January 6, when his Yellow Jackets beat Brownsville Pace 88-83, handing Coach Capello his 1,000th career win.

Capello was honored at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting for his exemplary record of athletic achievement and the positive influence he has had on generations of student athletes.

“This achievement and milestone didn’t come from just one person, but from thousands of people involved, including students and administration over the years,” said Capello.

According to the National Federation of High School record books, Coach Capello is the fourth high school coach in Texas to reach 1,000 wins. He is now among the top 15 winningest high school coaches and the only Hispanic in the nation to achieve that record.

Capello began coaching at Mission High School in 1965 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas College of Arts and Industries. He also holds graduate degrees from Sam Houston State University and Sul Ross State University. 

Capello has spent over 50 years coaching high school sports and his accomplishments are measured not only in the sports arena, but also by teaching countless young athletes the value of teamwork, dedication and of giving back to their communities.

“Thank you for all the students you’ve inspired," said Commissioner David Fuentes. “Not only do you have a long roster of wins, but you are also winning in life for all your success and personal accomplishments in reaching the hearts and minds of generations of students.”
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