Katie Capps enters her fifth year on the Notre Dame women’s basketball staff for the 2019-20 season (second as the team administrator), having joined the Fighting Irish program as its Director of Basketball Operations in May 2015. In August of 2019, Capps was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director, Administration, thus exiting her ops role, but will remain as the team’s administrator.
In her new role she will report to Jody Sadler, Deputy Athletics Director for Competitive Excellence. Capps will be responsible for implementing, overseeing and managing best practices, communication, and training and development for the following department personnel: Director of Operations, Student Managers and Interns. She will also manage recruiting efforts (in conjunction with various partners within the department) relative to streamlining process, centralizing resources and communication. Capps will also assist Jody with the sport administrator program.
In her first four years as ops, Capps was responsible for the team’s business operations, management of the support staff and student managers, and coordination of team travel. She also assisted with on-campus recruiting and served as the program’s liaison to various departments in the athletic department and on campus. In addition, Capps coordinated the popular Notre Dame women’s basketball summer camps, and helped organize the program’s numerous community engagement and student-athlete development projects.
“Katie is exceptionally talented and has been a valuable addition to our staff,” McGraw said. “She has a great deal of experience with the operational side of women’s basketball, and she brings energy, passion and fresh ideas to our program. I’m excited to have her and I think our fans will see a renewed connection with our program.”
Capps came to Notre Dame following 11 seasons (2004-15) at the University of Kansas, working on the staff of then-head coach Bonnie Henrickson (now the head coach at UC Santa Barbara). Capps served four seasons as the Jayhawks’ Director of Basketball Operations following seven years as KU’s Assistant Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator.
During her tenure at Kansas, Capps was charged with coordinating team travel, business operations, community relations and directing summer camps. She also supervised the Jayhawks’ annual coaches’ golf tournament, served as the program’s liaison with its Hardwood Booster Club and assisted with on-campus recruiting, fundraising, game day management and student-athlete development.
Capps began her career at her alma mater, Western Kentucky University, where she spent the 2003-04 season as a graduate assistant. In that role, she filled a number of administrative duties, including community liaison and booster club coordinator, while also assisting with scheduling, academic affairs, team travel and the marketing and promotion of the program’s summer camps.
A native of Bloomington, Ill., Capps graduated from WKU in 2002 with her bachelor’s degree in corporate and organizational communications. She also was a four-year letterwinner on the Lady Topper basketball team and helped WKU to a berth in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Championship, as well as two trips to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Capps also earned her master’s degree in physical education (sports studies) from Kansas in 2007. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA).
Formerly Katie Wulf, she is married to Eric Capps, and the couple have three sons — Charlie, and twins Harrison and Winston.