A Dream Comes True For Blue Devils Coach
By DANIEL PARKER
Mar 9, 2017, 10:31
Adam Capps Hopewell native is the baseball coach this year.
Adam Capps, Blue Devils Baseball Coach, sees himself as a Hopewell guy through and through, marrying his high school girlfriend, playing for the Blue Devils baseball team, being Blue Devils baseball assistant coach for five years, and this year taking up the helm as head coach for the Blue Devils Baseball Team.
Capps is a native of Hopewell growing up in a single family home at the age of 4 after his father passed away from cancer. But his mother always provided for him when he needed equipment and rides to games. Even when his mother couldn’t take him, the baseball coach’s grandparents and other relatives would help him.
“There were no real serious challenges that I went through. She’s like a typical baseball mom,” said Capps. “She always made sure I was at every game, every baseball practice. I’ve always remembered that, and that’s how I want to be with my son.”
When Adam Capps reached High School, he was coached by Ricky Irby, currently the Blue Devils football coach. He was coached by Irby for five years. He took up the role as team captain his junior year and was MVP player for the Blue Devils two years in a row.
Following high school, Capps played baseball at Chowan University with a partial scholarship. He later got his degree from Virginia State University. Afterwards, he was off to Florida for baseball tryouts. And, when he realized he wouldn’t be playing at the next level, the transition to coaching wasn’t difficult. After five years as assistant coach, Capps says that becoming head coach was a dream come true.
To this day Irby mentors Capps in his role as baseball coach. Capps hopes to mirror Irby’s success with the football program to the baseball program, but for the Blue Devils Coach instilling character is more important than success on the diamond, a philosophy he picked up from Coach Irby.
“I want to develop good people first and foremost. The challenges that we face at Hopewell are growing more and more each year,” said Capps. “I really want to focus on life lessons with the kids.”