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The Madison Capitols are proud to announce, Head Coach and General Manager Tom Upton has accepted the position of Assistant Coach with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen. Upton was hired in May of 2020 and led the Capitols to their first Clark Cup Championship appearance in franchise history. “I want to thank the entire Caps organization for their support and the opportunity to lead this program the past 2 years,” Upton said. “When I arrived in Madison, my goal was to leave this program in a better place, and I am proud of everyone’s work, during my time here, to accomplish that goal. To leave Madison as part of the most successful team and staff in Caps history is truly an honor. My family and I will forever be grateful for the relationships and memories we made as a part of this organization, and we are excited for our next adventure.”

Upton coached a Capitols team that finished the regular season with the third-best power play (22.5%) in the league, the seventh-most goals (233), and the seventh-most home wins (19). The Capitols also led the Clark Cup Playoffs with the most road victories (6), best penalty kill (100%) and fourth-best power play (25%). 

“On behalf of the Capitols organization, we want to thank Tom, Sarah and their family for their dedication and leadership of our team. The USHL is a developmental league and Tom’s departure is a testament to his coaching acumen and we believe he will continue to succeed under Greg Carvel. Our players enjoyed playing for him and we wish him the best at UMass-Amherst”, said Capitols president Andrew Joudrey.

With Coach Upton moving on, Associate Head Coach Corey Leivermann has been promoted to Head Coach and General Manager of the Capitols. Leivermann was hired by Upton in July of 2020 and has proven to be a tremendous asset to the organization. Prior to joining the Capitols, Leivermann served as Head Coach of the Janesville Jets from 2018-2020. “Corey has proven to be a great coach and leader with our players. His attention to detail, commitment to our players and work ethic are contagious. He has shown a great connection with our players and deserves this opportunity. We believe Corey is the right choice to lead our organization moving forward.”

A native of Mankato, Minnesota, Leivermann spent two years as a player in the USHL with the Fargo Force where he tallied 77 points (28G + 49A =77P), being named Captain in his second season. He then went on to play for three seasons at Minnesota State – Mankato, finishing his college career as the Captain of Gustavas Adolphus College.

“I am extremely excited to be named Head Coach and General Manager of the Madison Capitols. I can’t wait to build off the success of last season. I am grateful for this opportunity, and want to thank our ownership, led by Ryan Suter and our team president, Andrew Joudrey,” stated Leivermann.

“As an organization, we are excited to build off our 2021-2022 campaign and make another push to hoist the Clark Cup for the first time with Corey leading the way.”

The Capitols kick off their 2021-22 season on Thursday, September 22 vs the Tri-City Storm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USHL Fall Classic. The Caps first home game is slated for Friday, September 30th when they host the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05pm.