Dr. Dan Caprioglio's Memorial Scholarship 5K set for Oct. 14

Dr. Dan Caprioglio's Memorial Scholarship 5K set for Oct. 14


PUEBLO, Colo. (Oct. 3, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo cross country and track & field programs have organized the Dr. Dan's Memorial Scholarship 5K, set for Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The race will honor former CSU-Pueblo professor Dr. Dan Caprioglio, who tragically passed in a bicycle accident June 9.

Dr. Dan made an enormous impact on the CSU-Pueblo campus and on the success of the student-athlete's as the Faculty Athletic Representative. Dr. Dan was a talented runner, a true advocate for all of the CSU-Pueblo athletes, and also had a passion for undergraduate research. Therefore, all of the proceeds raised are being donated to Dr. Dan's Scholarship fund for undergraduate research.

For any questions, contact Bailey Hughes at bailey.hughes@csupueblo.edu - Assistant Coach for CSU-Pueblo Cross Country and Track and Field.


The Caprioglios joined the CSU-Pueblo family in 1993. Dr. Caprioglio was named the 1998 outstanding faculty member in the College of Sciences and Math, the 2011 PHEF College Educational of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the award for Faculty Excellence in Advising/Mentoring.

In addition to serving as a professor, he served as an assistant coach for track and cross country programs for a small stint and was the current Faculty Athletic Representative, a position that allowed him to use his advising and mentoring expertise to ensure the success of CSU-Pueblo student-athletes both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom.

He also mentored students in undergraduate research, accompanying Tri-Beta students to winning presentations at their regional conferences. He was graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Biology as well as a member of the Graduate Program Natural Sciences Graduate Program advisory board with oversight of the master's programs in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.  

Outside of his academic pursuits, Caprioglio was a dedicated runner since his days as a cross country standout at UCLA in the early 1980s. Starting out as a runner on the UC-Santa Barbara cross country team, he helped UCSB take first in the Pacific Coast Athletics Association (now the Big West Conference) and won the PCAA championship in the 10,000-meter. During that same year, he made the US Junior Cross Country team that went on to win a silver medal at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Paris 1980. 

Due to family needs, he transferred to UCLA and ran cross country and track for the Bruins.  He was a member of the 1982 UCLA cross country team that placed 9th at the Division I NCAA nationals. He is still top five on the Bruin all-time list in the marathon.

After completion of the BA in Microbiology at UCLA, Caprioglio continued onto graduate school at Oregon State University and North Carolina State University. During that time, he qualified and competed in two US Olympic Trials Marathons (1984 and 1988) as well as being selected as a marathoner for the U.S. in the World University Games in Zagreb, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) in 1987. 

Over his competitive career, he competed in 24 states and four foreign countries, representing the U.S. as a national team member twice.

Caprioglio received his BA in Microbiology at University of California Los Angeles in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from North Carolina State University in 1989.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.