HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Tech athletics department and football program are mourning the loss of Hall of Fame coach Jim Kapp, who passed away on Wednesday (March 13) in Wooster, Ohio.
Kapp coached football at Michigan Tech for 12 seasons from 1969-80, serving as the head coach from 1973-80. He compiled a 41-34-2 record as head coach with his most successful season coming in 1974. Tech went 9-0 (one of two undefeated seasons in modern school history) that year and captured the Northern Intercollegiate Conference title. During his tenure as head coach, he also led the Huskies to a pair of second place finishes in the NIC standings. Kapp was an assistant coach for his first four seasons Tech under Head Coach Ted Kearly, where his was a part of three NIC titles.
Kapp, who was inducted into the Michigan Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, graduated from the College of Wooster in 1962 and began his coaching career at Willard (Ohio) High School. Kapp earned his Master's Degree in School Administration in 1965 from Eastern Michigan and coached at Rochester (Mich.) High School before arriving at Tech in 1969. Kapp finished his collegiate coaching career as the head football coach at the College of Wooster from 1981 until 1984.
Kapp was also a past president of the Houghton (Mich.) Rotary Club and volunteer and lay leader at First United Methodist Church (Hancock, Mich.). A celebration of Jim's life will be held at Wooster United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 13th with a service at 11:00 am.