Episode 28

Published on:

7th Jan 2021

Sal Capaccio - Buffalo Bills Beat & Sideline Reporter

Sal Capaccio is the Buffalo Bills Beat & Sideline Reporter. He is also a Host and podcaster for @WGR550

Growing up in the heart of Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres country, Sal Capaccio ’95 knew first-hand the significant role professional sports plays in the everyday lives of Western New Yorkers. 

Capaccio’s path to a career in sports broadcasting started as many do; he studied broadcast journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He was active at campus radio station Z-89 WJPZ-FM, eventually serving as the station’s sports director. 

Capaccio moved to Englewood, Fl., working in sales for a small radio station, WENG, while also handling high school football and Little League baseball play-by-play duties. 

A standout athlete in high school, Capaccio started coaching Little League baseball and Pop Warner football and landed a position as head junior varsity football coach and head varsity girls track coach at Lemon Bay High School. While Capaccio had a passion for education — he also taught high school social studies and special education — his heart remained in sports broadcasting, and he longed to return home to Western New York. 

Capaccio hustled his way into the Bills’ sideline reporter role in 2014 and the beat reporter job in 2015. On game days, Capaccio and John Murphy ’78 are responsible for bringing the action into the homes of fans everywhere on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.   

Having Sal on was such a huge experience for us! As avid Bills and Sabres fans, Sal is part of our lifeline to the team and was gracious enough to share a little insight into his journey and how sports helped shape his career path and ultimately his life. If you don't know his story you will really enjoy it, if you do, it is worth a listen as he shares some fun anecdotes from his coaching days. We are truly blessed to have Sal join us, thanks Sal! Go Bills!!!


@SalSports  @WGR550


Bio paraphrased by By John Boccacino ’03 


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About the Podcast

Beyond the Ball
“Fueling your Faith and Family through Sport”
Welcome to the “Beyond the Ball” podcast with Coach Eric Klumpp and Coach Justin Gerstung, two basketball coaches here to celebrate the game of basketball, and all sport, with real discussions, with real coaches from all levels, that use their platform to serve others while finding balance off the court in their faith, with their families, and in their communities. Join us in celebrating the way YOU serve, love, and care.

About your hosts

Eric Klumpp

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Eric Klumpp is a high school basketball coach in the Western New York area at Newfane HS. He has coached at the JV level for 9 years and at the varsity level for 9 years. He grew up on a dairy farm in northern Niagara County and has been teaching health and physical education at Newfane HS for the past 17 years. He is co-owner of Tents Unlimited; a party tent rental company that supplies large tents to customers for all occasions. He is an active member of Ridgewood Bible Church community and also has participated in men’s physique bodybuilding competitions.
Some thoughts from Coach Klumpp, “The journey of life is a difficult one, life will give you tests; and through those tests you learn valuable lessons. Through basketball and all sport, we get to learn valuable lessons to be used to serve ourselves and allow us to grow. I am very excited to share my experiences and knowledge in hopes to serve others on the same coaching journey that I have been on”. Through this pod I pray to bring light on important issues that surround the importance of mental, social and physical wellness and how it creates a better environment for us to thrive as a coach and build lasting relationships with those that we serve. One of my favorite verses in scripture is Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Justin Gerstung

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Justin Gerstung is a high school basketball coach in the Western New York area at Akron HS. He has coached at the JV level for four years and at the varsity level for fifteen years. He has been married to his beautiful wife Rochelle since 2003 and has four children, Emma, Benjamin, Abby, and Noelle. Coach G teaches MS Social Studies at Akron MS, helps run the youth basketball program in the community, coaches AAU with the Buffalo Titans, and most importantly to him, is a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church vestry. In addition, he runs the Wall of Fame Committee at Akron, coaches youth soccer, and loves the Buffalo Bills. Some thoughts from Coach Gerstung “I believe that basketball is a microcosm for the game of life, those with the best spirit, approach, and perseverance are the ones that find true happiness. The game of basketball, and all sport, have created so many positive experiences in my life that the desire to share is overwhelming. This pod is a way to show gratitude for what I have, while trying to serve others. Taking initiative and being fearless is something I try to model for my kids and students and it is ultimately my goal to serve that helps define my priorities and in turn helps me create balance. I could not do any of this without the support of my wife and kids, family, and friends. Our family words… hungry, humble, fearless embody the approach I try to take everyday and pass on to my kids. I am learning as I grow as a Christ follower and husband, the value of the process and the importance of celebrating others and celebrating their successes! My hope is that this podcast can spread some of the love that I have for this game!” Coach Gerstung hopes that those that listen enjoy all the extra stuff that sport has to offer and encourages feedback and the creation of dialogue.