SE: Meet the Assistants | Jacie Hoyt-Capra

By Kelly McHugh

Looking forward to the 2015-16 athletics season, K-State Sports Extra will take the next six Wednesdays to introduce its readers to K-State’s new assistant coaches. With new faces in the volleyball, tennis, soccer and baseball programs and familiar faces stepping up in the women’s basketball and rowing programs, we are excited to introduce you to a few of the newest members of the K-State family.

Jacie Hoyt-Capra: Assistant Coach for Women’s Basketball
Hometown: Hoxie, Kansas
Previous position: Coordinator of recruiting operations (K-State, 2014-15)

Jacie Hoyt-Capra is passionate about basketball and passionate about K-State, a good mix as she begins her new position as one of Wildcat women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie’s three assistant coaches.

She came to Manhattan prior to last season and has since enjoyed representing her home state through the game of basketball.

Whether it’s through recruiting or working with the Wildcats on the court, Hoyt-Capra is eager to make an impact with the program in her new role.

“When I found out officially, I was just so overwhelmed and thankful to Coach Mittie. I’m really strong in my faith, so I felt extremely blessed and excited to see God’s plan work out,” said Hoyt-Capra about getting the job as an assistant. “But, I’m very competitive, I’m very driven and I think I have a really strong work ethic, so to be honest, I didn’t really ever think that much into it. I just went into coaching mode and with all the new things I could do. I went right into it, I didn’t really celebrate it that long because I wanted to get to work and get going with it.”

A Hoxie, Kansas, native with long-time basketball roots in her home state, Hoyt-Capra couldn’t wait to get back in the state she loves. She was a stellar athlete at Hoxie High, competing in basketball, track and field and volleyball, but basketball was her love. She had one of the most prolific careers in the state, scoring 2,016 points in just three years (she sat out her freshman season because of injury).

Following her exciting high school career, Hoyt-Capra was recruited to play basketball for Jane Albright at Wichita State where she started every game her freshman and sophomore seasons. She led the Shockers in assists as a freshman and earned the position of team captain by her sophomore season. However, her collegiate playing career came to an end after just two seasons due to injuries.

Despite the setback, Hoyt-Capra didn’t give up on basketball, and, after graduating from Wichita State, she went on to serve as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State in 2011 before heading to Nevada with Albright where she began her professional path in collegiate coaching.

Prior to her time at K-State, Hoyt-Capra spent three years with the Nevada Wolfpack. She spent one season (2011) as the team’s director of basketball operations before taking over as an assistant coach for her former coach from 2012-14.

K-State Sports Extra recently caught up with Hoyt-Capra:

Sports Extra: What has been the biggest difference between your position as coordinator of recruiting operations and now an assistant coach?

Jacie Hoyt-Capra: The biggest thing is that I can be out on the road recruiting. That’s really fun for me because I am very relatable and I can talk to the recruits on the phone, develop relationships with them on the phone and now I can go out and evaluate. The other big thing is that I am allowed to work on the court with the players. Even though I was at all the practices last year, I wasn’t able to give instruction or any player development.

SE: What do you think you bring to this coaching staff?

JHC: I think I bring a competitive spirit and I bring a lot of passion. I’m very passionate about coaching and making an impact on players’ lives. I’m very, very passionate about K-State and helping this program get to a level they’ve been at before, get to the highest level possible. I’m the youngest one on the staff, so I like to think I can relate to the recruits on that level and I think I bring a fun spirit because of my age.

SE: Do you think being a Kansas native gives you an edge as an assistant coach?

JCH: I think that there is a certain type of kid with a certain type of character that fits in at K-State, and I’ve known that since I was little. When I’m out recruiting and people ask me where I’m from, when I tell them I’m from Kansas they think it’s neat that I get to represent my home state. It means so much to me. I take a lot of pride in it, and I know what a good fit would and wouldn’t be for K-State. I take a lot of pride in representing our state.

SE: Your mom, Shelly Hoyt, coached you all through high school, and is having tremendous success at Hoxie High. Is it nice to have her close by?

JCH: It’s been great! I’ve been to some of her games and she comes to mine. Coach Mittie has been so welcoming; she’s been able to come to practices. We talk constantly on the phone about basketball and the state of our teams. We’ve both had a blast with it. My mom has had a lot of success at the high school level. Her team got voted USA Today’s top high school program in the country, and that’s really cool for Kansas to have that. So it’s kind of, in a sense, a carry-the-torch type of thing. I’m proud that I get to represent Kansas and where I come from on this collegiate level.

SE: Looking forward to the season, what, to you, is the best part about this year’s Wildcat basketball team?

JHC: They work so hard and give you so much. They work so hard that it makes you want to work hard for them. They’re just such great kids. I want to help them to be their best. I truly love our kids – it sounds corny, but I do. They’re awesome kids. To get to work with kids who you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble, who do everything the right way, to be able to coach basketball and not have to worry about any of that other stuff is really enjoyable.


The K-State women’s basketball season tips off on Monday, Nov. 2, with an exhibition game against Washburn in Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats’ first regular season game will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as they face Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 13. Times for both games are yet to be announced.

K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2015-16 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 19-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

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