Coming into his 27th season on the Tribe sidelines, Zbig Kepa brings the College one of the nation’s most experienced and accomplished offensive coordinators. Evidence of this can be found in the fact that the school’s career leaders in rushing yards, passing yards, total offense, receiving yards, touchdown passes and receptions, to name a few, have all played during Kepa’s tenure running the Tribe’s offense.
Kepa’s time with the College began in 1984, when he arrived as a part-time assistant and worked primarily with the defense. The following year he became a full-time assistant and moved to offense where he took charge of the receivers, a position he will have specific oversight of this season.
Kepa primarily recruits the Peninsula and Northern Neck areas in Virginia. He also recruits eastern Pennsylvania.
Since joining the offensive staff, Kepa has helped develop one of the most productive offenses in FCS football. The 1996 team led the conference in total offense, while the 1993 unit finished sixth in the nation in total yards with the second-highest total (5,504) in school history.
Overall, the Tribe is averaging nearly 400 yards of total offense per game during Kepa’s 18-year stint as the offensive coordinator. He oversaw the most prolific single-season receiving performance in school history by Dominique Thompson (1,585 yards; 79 receptions; 13 TDs) in 2004. Kepa also developed the school’s all-time leading receiver, Rich Musinski (‘04), who became just the third player in Championship Subdivision history to surpass the 4,000-yard career receiving mark.
Kepa’s receivers dominate the W&M record book, as nine of the top 10 all-time career receiving yardage leaders were developed under his mentorship. Prior to Musinski, the most prolific of the group was 2000 graduate Dave Conklin (1996-99), who left the College as the all-time leader in receiving yards (3,269), catches (190) and touchdown catches (27). Harry Mehre (1985-89) was the first to etch his name into the archives, as he set a then career receiving yardage mark (2,748) and earned AP All-America honors as a senior. Kepa has also groomed a pair of student-athletes to conference Rookie of the Year honors (Conklin, 1996; Musinski, 2000).
In his 27 seasons at W&M, Kepa has tutored 11 receivers to 14 all-conference citations, including four first-team honorees. Most recently, current wide out D.J. McAulay earned consecutive All-CAA honors in 2008 and 2009. Musinski, who graduated as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (4,168), receptions (223) and touchdown catches (31), was a three-time first-team all-league pick from 2001 to 2003.
Kepa grew up in northern Indiana and attended Bishop Noll Institute, where he lettered four years in football. After graduation in 1975, he accepted a football scholarship at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He led the Pumas at quarterback and defensive back before a knee injury ended his playing career. He continued at St. Joseph’s as a student assistant coach and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. Kepa stayed on the Pumas’ staff for the 1979 and 1980 seasons, while working on his master’s degree in health and physical education at Purdue.
Kepa earned his master’s in 1981 and went onto become an assistant with the offense and defense at Fenwick High School in Chicago. In 1983, he returned to his undergraduate alma mater for one year as a full-time offensive assistant before joining W&M in 1984.
He and his wife, the former Mary Cappuccilli from Indiana, have three children, Christina, Nathanial and Nicholas.