Jack Capuano was named the interim head coach of the New York Islanders on November 15, 2010. The Islanders removed the “interim” label from Capuano’s title on April 12, 2011. He enters his third season as Head Coach of the Islanders.
Capuano first joined the Islanders in 2005-06 as an Assistant Coach. The native of Cranston, RI, was named Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on April 30, 2007, where he finished with a 133-100-8-14 record in four seasons. From 1997-2005 he served as the General Manager of the Pee Dee Pride of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Capuano also served as the Head Coach of the 2005 U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the Five Nations Cup in Slovakia. Capuano began his coaching career in 1995 as an Assistant with the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the ECHL after ending a playing career that included stints with Boston, Vancouver and Toronto of the NHL and Springfield and Maine of the AHL.
The former First Team All-American captained the University of Maine to a Hockey East Championship and NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 1988.