Matthew Capuano (born 2 September 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who spent his AFL career with the North Melbourne Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club. Post playing career Capuano was a development coach at the Carlton Football Club.
|Date of birth||2 September 1975|
|Original team(s)||Creswick / Geelong U18|
Round 13, 18 June 1994, North Melbourne|
vs. Richmond, at the MCG
|Height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (218 lb)|
|1994–2000||North Melbourne||82 (24)|
|2001–2003||St Kilda||25 (13)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
St Kilda career
Capuano's career with the Saints was plagued by shoulder and knee injuries. He played 25 games in his three seasons for the Saints. Although making his 100th AFL appearance in Round 8, 2002, he underwent a knee surgery after Round 9 and missed all remaining AFL games that season.
After making six appearances in the first nine rounds of the 2003 season, Capuano was sacked by the Saints. The coach, Grant Thomas, explained that Capuano's poor form lead to his sacking. While it is suggested that the young and rising Saints did not need Capuano's service anymore, the Saints were also criticised for axing Capuano at the wrong time as Trent Knobel and Barry Brooks, their other two ruckmen, were both injured at the time.
Although a number of VFL clubs sought Capuano's services after he was sacked, he did not accept any offers and spent the latter half of 2003 travelling Europe. He also did not nominate for the 2003 AFL Draft and spent 2004 playing for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League.
Capuano signed with the Carlton Football Club in 2009 to coach their ruckmen on a part-time basis. The following season, the Blues made Capuano a full-time development coach and a direct ruck coach. He remained with Carlton in the development role until the end of the 2017 AFL season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "2015 Coaching Panel". carltonfc.com.au. Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Saints sack Capuano, The Age, 26 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Walls, R., "Thomas does the hard thing but the right thing", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Connolly, R., "Thrills and spills in 2003", The Age, 30 September 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006
- Lyon, K. & Niall, J., "Capuano now a wanted man", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Quayle, E., "No draft for Capuano", The Age, 22 October 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- WAFL Online playing statistics
- "Matthew Capuano". AFL Tables.