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Dave Caputi
Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
Caputi is now in his second season at his alma mater as the team’s offensive coordinator. 
A 1981 graduate of Middlebury College, Caputi earned his undergraduate degree in American history. On the gridiron, he was the starting quarterback for a Panther squad that finished the 1980 season with a 6-1-1 record. In 1994, Caputi earned his master’s degree in education from North Adams State College in Massachusetts.
Caputi stepped down as the head coach at Bowdoin in the fall of 2014 following 15 seasons at the helm. In his time in Brunswick, he accumulated the fourth most wins of any coach in program history (35) and led the Polar Bears to four CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) championships. Caputi directed a Bowdoin offense that rewrote the school record books, setting single-season and single-game records in passing yards, touchdowns, and total offense during certain points of his tenure.
Caputi joined the Bowdoin staff after serving as the offensive coordinator for Williams College. In his 13 years at Williams, the Ephs compiled an 88-13-3 record with four undefeated seasons. Before joining Williams, Caputi served as both the quarterback and secondary coach for Tufts University from 1985 to 1986. Prior to that, he also spent a pair of years coaching the offensive backfield and receivers at Amherst.
Caputi is married to Elizabeth Connolly Caputi, and they have four children: Mac (Bowdoin ’15), Maggie (Middlebury ’16), Lydia (Bowdoin ’18), and Claire (Colby ’19).

Doug Mandigo
Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator
Now in his sixth season at Middlebury, Mandigo returns as the team’s defensive coordinator as well as the defensive back coach. A 1996 graduate of Middlebury, Mandigo served as an assistant coach in football, baseball, and women’s ice hockey at his alma mater the year following his graduation.
He moved on to St. Anselm College to serve as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach in football for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. While earning his MEd degree, he served as a graduate assistant in football at Boston College during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He received his degree in 2001, and subsequently returned to Middlebury to work as an assistant professor in physical education. Mandigo also was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach in football as well as an assistant baseball coach through the spring of 2004.
In 2005, Mandigo moved to California, where he served as assistant baseball coach at Ohlone College and head football coach at Piedmont High School, receiving conference Coach of the Year honors. He returned East to Wesleyan in the fall of 2006, and stayed as the team’s defensive coordinator for four seasons.
He spent the 2010 season in the professional ranks with UFL’s Hartford Colonials, where he coached future NFL players Emanuel Cook and Quintin Demps.
As an undergraduate at Middlebury, he was a rare three-sport athlete, lettering in football, ice hockey, and baseball. He served as a team captain in the last activity his senior year.

Ryan Paquette
Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning
Paquette joined the football coaching staff at Middlebury in the summer of 2014. He also serves as the department’s strength and conditioning coach. Paquette comes to Middlebury from Maine Maritime Academy, where he served as the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach for two seasons.
During his two years in Castine, Paquette coached two All-New England Football Conference selections and guided a defense that ranked in the top three in fumble recoveries and defensive touchdowns in the New England Football Conference (NEFC). In his position as the Mariners’ strength and conditioning coach, Paquette provided sport-specific workout plans for each of the school’s athletic teams.
Prior to Maine Maritime, he served for six seasons at Salve Regina University. Paquette coached all areas of the defense, including the defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs, as well as special teams. He also served as the team’s video coordinator.
Before entering collegiate coaching, Paquette served as the linebacker and running back coach for a year at the Pingree School.
Paquette is a certified member of the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) program as well as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
A 2007 graduate of Endicott College with a degree in sport management, Paquette was a three-year letter winner for the Gulls football team and also a two-time Academic All-Conference selection.

Gus Brakeley
Assistant Coach
Brakeley returns for his eighth season with the Panther football team, working with the defensive line for the sixth straight year. He previously worked with the running backs and tight ends during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.
In the spring, Brakeley will begin his eighth season as assistant coach of the three-time NCAA Champion men’s lacrosse team.
A Middlebury native, Brakeley earned his degree in political science in 2003 from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He later earned his master’s degree at the school.
Brakeley, a member of the Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar all-star team in 1998, spent three seasons assisting with the Middlebury Union High School football team. (His father, former Panther player Peter Brakeley ’75, served as the long-time coach at MUHS.) He also assisted with the lacrosse team at Middlebury Union High School.

Mike Phelps
Assistant Coach

Phelps is now in his 10th season on the football coaching staff. He graduated from nearby Castleton University with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business. The Middlebury native will again coach the wide receivers in 2016. Phelps has also spent the last 11 springs as an assistant coach for the Middlebury baseball team.
Phelps has also worked as an assistant coach with the Middlebury Union High School football team. During his time as a student at the high school, Phelps was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. His team won a state title with an undefeated season during his senior year, with Phelps taking part in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl for senior all-stars from Vermont and New Hampshire.

Michael MacDonald
Assistant Coach

MacDonald joined the staff in the fall of 2016. A 2013 graduate of Hamilton, he comes to Middlebury from Dickinson, where he coached the linebackers in his first season of collegiate coaching. 
MacDonald was a four-year starter at middle linebacker for the Continentals, serving as a team captain in 2011 and 2012. He earned second-team All-NESCAC honors as a junior, moving up to the first team during his senior season. He finished his career second all-time in tackles at Hamilton with 301.
During his senior year, MacDonald ranked third in the NESCAC with 82 tackles, and tied for second with 50 solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. As a junior, MacDonald was third in the conference with 88 tackles, tied for sixth with 9.5 tackles-for-loss, and tied for ninth with four sacks. The two-time team captain led the Continentals in tackles as a sophomore with 73 stops.
MacDonald was named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team as a senior and was presented the Jack B. Riffle Scholarship Award as the college’s outstanding male senior athlete. He received his BA in economics.
A graduate of Seton Hall Prep, MacDonald earned first-team all-conference honors in football and received all-county and all-state recognition as a senior. He also played lacrosse, serving as a team captain during his senior year.