Dr. Gerald Caple
Class of 2018
Head Coach: Northern Arizona University (1971-1981)
Dr. Caple was responsible for the creation of the Northern Arizona hockey program in 1971. For the next decade he helped organize, advice, manage and coach the Lumberjacks building a respected program in the area and the nation.
The success led to NAU moving the program to NCAA Division 1 status in the 1981-82 season. In 1991, Northern Arizona club hockey program was resurrected and soon became a member of the recently formed ACHA. As a distinguished faculty member of the NAU’s Chemistry department, Dr. Caple was provided advice and guidance for the new program and helped support and grow the Lumberjacks ACHA team.
He continues to support the programs that he helped to build with involvement in alumni events and fundraisers, and can be found in the rink anytime NAU plays in Tucson vs. University of Arizona.