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Men’s tennis adds standout transfer Caputo

Six-time reigning champions reel in elite player from Michigan State

July 17, 2013


Men’s tennis adds standout transfer Caputo

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis has bolstered a talent-rich roster with the addition of Thomas Caputo for the 2013-14 year. Caputo (Livingston, N.J./Livingston HS) comes directly from Michigan State and will likely have four years of eligibility for the Bearcats.

An accomplished junior player, Caputo was ranked as high as No. 25 in the nation and No. 1 in the East for Boys 18s. He is expected to be a key contributor to a strong BU lineup that returns all six singles starters. The Bearcats have had a stranglehold on the America East title (six straight) and have advanced to the NCAA Championship nine times in the last 11 years. 

“I’m excited that Thomas will be joining our team this fall semester,” head coach Adam Cohen said. “Thomas has had a tremendous junior career and I fully expect him to give the same energy and dedication he gave throughout his junior playing days to us here at Binghamton University.”

Caputo went 1-1 in an abbreviated spring season at Michigan State, with an injury limiting his contributions.

As a senior at Livingston High, Caputo was one of 32 players across the country to earn All-America honors. He finished his scholastic career with a 120-10 mark - one of just 11 players in New Jersey state history to surpass the 100-win singles plateau. He was a three-year captain, two-time first team all-state selection and twice reached the state championship semifinals. The Newark Star Ledger categorized Caputo’s career as “one of the finest tennis careers in state history.”

He led two teams to state titles - the first as a freshman at Newark Academy and then as a junior at Livingston when he captained the team to a 36-0 record. Caputo is the only player in state history to have won a state championship at both a public and private school.

In junior play, Caputo was ranked among the top-3 in the Eastern section in all age groups and won seven singles and 10 doubles sectional crowns. He’s been ranked in the top-40 nationally throughout his teenage years and notable tournament titles include the Yale National Boys 18s Tournament and the Nike Junior Sectional in Mendham.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander began playing tennis at age 2.

Binghamton opens its fall season on September 7 at BU’s newly-refurbished complex.

 

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