Capitos came to Purdue in 2005 as sports turf and maintenance superintendent. In that role, he was responsible for the daily operation of all outdoor sporting venues, overseeing routine and specialized facility maintenance, turf care and custodial services.
Previously, Capitos served as campus grounds manager at Johns Hopkins University (2003-05), head groundskeeper of the Baltimore Orioles (1999-2003), head groundskeeper of the Bowie (Maryland) Baysox (1998-99) and assistant field maintenance manager of the Richmond (Virginia) Braves (1998).
A native of State College, Pennsylvania, Capitos earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy/turfgrass science from Penn State in 1998. He served with distinction in the United States Air Force as a flight technician from 1991 to 1996, earning the Air Force Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze service star (for duty during the Persian Gulf War) and Combat Readiness Medal. Capitos is assistant boys' soccer coach at West Lafayette High School. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children: Joey, Alex and Elise.