MCLA waves goodbye after 29 years
Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009 00:04
I first came across Caprari when I was assigned to him via the work study program. I was coming back from a leave of absence and informed him of my situation. Caprari hardly knew me at the time and he immediately spouted some of his words of wisdom.
"Nick, I'm glad to have you working for me, there is always a reason why people don't give up and I like that." That was immediately followed by an infamous Caprari joke; "What do politicians and golfers have in common? They both love preferred lies."
If you have had the pleasure to have truly known William "Bill" Caprari at any point over his 29 years at MCLA, you would most likely know the definition of the word seriocomical. If you have not had the pleasure of knowing Caprari, seriocomical means to be partly serious and partly comic. He has grown his developmental techniques living by this word.
The list of what he has done for this school is varied and long. He has been an assistant coach for the baseball team (co-managing them once), assistant director and worked his way to director of the campus center at a time when it was an all-encompassing position. As a student, he was the first sports information director the school had, as well as the first athletic trainer. He took great pride in his involvement with the on-campus pub as both the assistant manager and later, manager. He was also the cross country coach at one point and the adviser to the Stock Club. More recently, he was in charge of the pool, fitness center, and the handling of the athletic equipment. With much pride, Caprari is also the longest serving member on the alumni board of directors, going on 27 years.The one thing Caprari said he was never glad he did was teach.