Bruce Capers has been named the head coach of the Gordon State College basketball team.
Capers most recently coached basketball at Aiken Technical College in Aiken S.C. There, under his direction, the program became nationally recognized and ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. by Basketball Times, recorded 145 wins, won three Region 10 NJCAA Div. 1 Conference championships, won two Region 10 NJCAA Division 1 Tournament championships and appeared in one NJCAA Division 1 National tournament.
But most importantly, he created an academic success plan for all student athletes. The plan resulted in 70 percent of the players he coached earning a degree.
“Being a success on the court and on the field is important, we want to have a winning season, but we also want students who are a success in the classroom,” Capers said. “After all, the team members are student athletes and we must emphasize the student aspect of their athletic experience.”
At Gordon, Capers will coach basketball and also teach physical education.
As president of Capers Enterprises – a special events company for former sports legends who conduct “edutainment” events for youth – Capers continues a relationship he established years ago. Capers was once known as “Sugar Bear” and renowned for his ball handling tricks, as a defender and a long-range shooter for the Harlem Globetrotters. He was also affiliated with Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All-Stars as a player/general manager.
But what is important to him now is coaching and seeing his players succeed in the classroom, on the court and in their life.
“I have high expectations for the players,” he said. “What it takes to win on the court is the same thing it takes to be a good student – hard work, dedication and perseverance. I will demand all three things from the student athletes on the team.”
Gordon State College Athletic Director Todd Davis says he is excited to have someone with Capers’ dedication to court and classroom success as a member of his coaching staff.