Pitt To Hire Duke Assistant Basketball Coach Jeff Capel

Posted March 28, 2018

After seven years as the associate head coach at Duke, Jeff Capel agreed to a seven-year deal to take over the downtrodden Pittsburgh basketball program on Tuesday afternoon.

Athletic director Heather Lyke called Capel a "high-energy leader". He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes.

Acting coach Jeff Capel of the Duke Blue Devils.

It's risky to hire an assistant coach who has been associated with success, without clarity about their role in, or influence on, that success.

Capel, 43, has been the assistant to Mike Krzyzewski for the past seven years after previously coaching Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma Universities.

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Despite the loss of Griffin, the return of McDonald's All-American Willie Warren and two incoming McDonald's All-Americans gave hope to the Sooners who were ranked 13th in the preseason poll.

After coming up short of guys like Thad Matta, Sean Miller and Dan Hurley, the University of Pittsburgh have found their guy for the men's basketball team. "As a lifelong Steelers fan, I know Pittsburgh as the "City of Champions" and our goal from day one will be to recruit, coach and develop champions on the court, in the classroom and in the community". Prior to that, he was head coach at Oklahoma, where he compiled a 96-69 record in five seasons and led the Sooners to the Elite Eight in 2009. Capel went to one NCAA tournament with VCU in 2004. "He possesses championship-level experience as both a head and assistant coach, as well as distinct knowledge of the Atlantic Coast Conference that will benefit Pitt immediately".

This will be Capel's third shot at being a head coach. Krzyzewski has not indicated when that will be.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and asociate head coach Jeff Capel. And in 2016, Capel stepped in for one game after Krzyzewski fell ill. Capel also signed freshman forward and ACC Player of the Year Marvin Bagley III last year. Capel also played for Coach K at Duke, before starting his coaching career as an assistant at Old Dominion in 2000.

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