James Cappon

James Cappon, Hall of Fame Athlete

James Cappon, Hall of Fame Athlete

James Cappon, a triple-threat athlete at San Marcos High School and standout quarterback at both Santa Barbara City College and the University of New Mexico, maintains that being a part of high-quality playoff teams at San Marcos and SBCC taught rich life lesson s regarding the nature of teamwork and competition.

Cappon excelled in football , basketball and baseball at San Marcos from 1973-76. He saw Channel League championships and ClF playoffs in all three sports. In his senior year, Cappon was named both an All-Channel League quarterback and defensive back and set the CIF record for the most interceptions in a single game with 4.

An All-League pitcher, Cappon notched San Marcos’ first no-hitter in 1976. Cappon earned the San Marcos Male Athlete of the Year as well as the Outstanding Male Student awards in 1976, and the Santa Barbara News-Press tapped him as the Outstanding Santa Barbara Scholar Athlete in 1975.

As a quarterback at SBCC, Cappon led the Vaqueros to the Citrus Bowl in 1976 and a Western State Conference Championship in 1977. An all-league quarterback in 1978, Cappon was nationally ranked as a top-ten signal caller. Playing for the University of New Mexico from 1979-80, Cappon cites the UNM victory over Brigham Young in J 980 as one of his proudest moments. BYU had All-American quarterback Jim McMahon and ended with an 11-1 record and a top-ten national ranking that year.

Cappon is now a pediatric critical care physician at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and a professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. He resides in La Habra Heights , Calif., with his wife Beth and children Alexandra (14), Austin (12), Kevin (11) and Tyler (4). His presenter this evening will be Bob Dinaberg.