After more than two decades, John Capriotti is stepping down as leader of Nike’s track and field sports marketing group.
“John is going into the consulting business,” said Steve Miller, a former Nike executive and the man who hired Capriotti at the company.
The fiery former track coach still worked for the sneaker giant as of Friday. But he is leaning toward a consulting deal that would make Nike one of his clients, according to a second source close to Capriotti.
News of the change had the track and field world buzzing on Friday.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” said a third source, a prominent sports agent. “He’s been in that position for the entire 21 years I’ve been around track and field. He’s been the single most influential person in the sport.”
Neither Capriotti nor Nike could immediately be reached for comment.
Capriotti’s decision comes as Nike is cutting costs