Vito Capizzo, the legendary former head football coach and athletic director at Nantucket, died peacefully at age 79 Thursday, according to social media posts from his son Scott and Nantucket High athletics.

Beginning in 1964, Capizzo coached the Whalers to 293 wins through 45 seasons before retiring in 2008. He ranks fifth all-time in the state for wins.

Nantucket, which re-named its football field to Vito Capizzo Stadium in 2009, won three state championships (1980, 1995, 1996) and appeared in nine during Capizzo's tenure. The team also went undefeated in 1966 and 1980 and had a 17-13 advantage under Capizzo in the Island Cup series against Martha's Vineyard.

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