Kappel hired as assistant coach

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 10, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball program took another step forward Monday with the hiring of Bill Kappel as assistant coach.

Kappel, known throughout the Pikes Peak region for his work as a meteorologist for KKTV, brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the Mountain Lions as well as deep roots in the community that will prove invaluable in recruiting.

Kappel, who has also served as an assistant coach for Liberty High School, was an assistant coach under Jim Heaps at Mesa State from 1996-98. His familiarity with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Colorado Springs high school scene will be important factors as the UCCS men's basketball program moves forward.

Kappel played at Mariner High School in Everett, Wash., where he was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. At Skagit Community College, Kappel became the all-time leading scorer for the Cardinals and also was named male scholar-athlete of the year for all junior and community colleges in the state of Washington and Oregon.

After transferring to Mesa State, where he played for RMAC legend and former UCCS interim coach Doug Schakel, Kappel was a two-time All-RMAC and a two-time All-North Central Region honoree. In 1993-94 , he was the Mesa State male scholar-athlete of the year and was named Division II All-American honorable mention.

An exceptional athlete, Kappel was recruited to play for the United States Team Handball squad and competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

But athletics is only a small part of the Kappel story. He has always considered himself a "weather nut" and remembers first becoming fascinated by weather in the first grade. He especially loves snow and cold weather, which is one reason he and is wife of 10 years, Veronica, chose to live up on the Palmer Divide.

Kappel earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree-Physical Science from Mesa State College and a Broadcast Meteorology Degree from Mississippi State University, earning a 4.0 GPA. He is also a full Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has received his American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for on-air broadcasting.

He has been an on-air meteorologist since 1997 starting with KREX in Grand Junction, then WOAW in Wausau, Wis., KNTV in San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland and finally KKTV here in Colorado Springs for the past 3 1/2 years. He is now working as a meteorologist with Applied Weather Associates conducting site-specific probable maximum precipitation studies (which helps hydrologists and engineers design/retrofit dams, reservoirs, and other water sensitive structures to withstand the most extreme precipitation events that could affect that structure) and other weather related research.

Kappel owns several thermometers, rain gauges, barometers, anemometers, and weather stations, which he uses to keep track of the weather conditions on a daily basis. He also heads up the Rain-Check, www.rain-check.org, a precipitation monitoring program for El Paso County, with a network of nearly 200 volunteer observers who report rain, snow, and hail data on a daily basis.

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