Menu

August 25, 2019  |  

×
Contact
Your Neighbors. Your News.

My Account

To make updates to your Zip06 account or requets changes to your newspaper delivery, please choose an option below.

Welcome to Zip06.com!

If you have an account, please login! If you don't have an account, you can create one.

Login

Sign-Up!

A Zip06 account will allow you to post to the online calendar, contribute to News From You, and interact with the Zip06 community. It's free to sign-up!

Click here to get started!

Register for Zip06

We're happy you've decided to join the Zip06 community. Please fill out this short registration form to begin sharing content with your neighbors.

You must enter your first name.
You must enter your last name.
You must enter a username
You must enter a valid email address
Show password
You must enter a valid zip code

Submit to Zip06

Forget Your Password?

We can help! Enter the email address registered to your account below to have your password emailed to you.

Submit an Announcement

1

Volunteer assistant coach Liz Caplan was proud to see the North Branford girls’ tennis team win 11 matches this season. Photo courtesy of Liz Caplan

Volunteer assistant coach Liz Caplan was proud to see the North Branford girls’ tennis team win 11 matches this season. (Photo courtesy of Liz Caplan )

Caplan Loves Helping the T-Birds Succeed

Published Jun 07, 2019 • Last Updated 02:20 am, June 07, 2019

Email This Story

Fill out the form below to email this story to a friend

×

Liz Caplan is an art teacher at North Branford High School who’s also volunteered as an assistant coach with the girls’ tennis team for the past nine years. A former tennis player at Amity, Liz felt that joining the Thunderbirds would be a great way to stay involved in a sport that she loves.

“Having played sports for a long time and teaching, I have a love to teach. Whether it’s sports or art, you use a similar mindset,” says Liz, a North Branford resident. “When I started teaching in North Branford, with my love of tennis, I thought I could be a help for this tennis team.”

Liz learned a lot from then-head coach Mary Phillips when she first started coaching for North Branford. Now, Liz is part of a coaching trio that includes Head Coach Matt Tortora and fellow volunteer assistant Joe Capetta. Tortora says that Liz brings a plenty of experience and tons of wisdom to the T-Birds.

“I am constantly bouncing thoughts, ideas, or just about anything that I am processing off of Liz, and her feedback is always well thought out and with the best intentions. Not too many head coaches have the opportunity or luxury of having such a trustworthy and knowing assistant,” says Tortora. “Having someone like Liz on the courts allows me the unique opportunity to split players into groups and attack practices from many different angles.”

Liz has enjoyed working with Tortora since he became the team’s head coach three years ago. Liz believes that she and Tortora bring a nice balance to the North Branford court.

“I’m more old school. What Matt has brought to the table is his level of knowledge, how to work with people. He’s inspired these kids so much and inspired me as a coach and player,” Liz says. “He’s very talented and has a good sense of what they need to know. I try to be like a sponge with the things he brings onto the court.”

Liz has formed relationships with many players, but says she’s most proud to have had the chance to coach her daughter, senior captain Jordan Caplan, these past few seasons.

“It’s been a gift quite honestly. She is an incredible human being. She wants to learn, desires to get better, is a great leader, and I’ve learned a lot from her,” says Liz. “Really, just the relationships with the kids and teaching them how to get the best out of themselves is incredible.”

North Branford enjoyed a nice campaign that saw that squad go 11-6 and qualify for the Class S State Tournament this spring. It was a dream season for Liz, who’s worked hard alongside her colleagues to help the T-Birds succeed.

“I’ve seen their rise because of the hard work they’ve put into this. They see our hard work as coaches planning practices and clinics,” Liz says. “We have made it clear if you do this, you’ll see success, and that’s exactly what has happened.”

While she loves coaching, Liz still enjoys getting out to play the game. Liz competes in the United States Tennis Association’s adult program at the Madison Racquet & Swim Club.

“I play doubles and singles for their team. It’s a lot of fun,” says Liz. “It’s tremendous. I’ve met great people. The people are very passionate, and that’s what makes it fun.”

Love Local News?

Get it Delivered Right to Your Inbox!

Sign-Up for Weekly Newsletters!

Reader Comments