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Pitt hires Duke's Jeff Capel to rebuild basketball program

28 March, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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"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". After missing the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons, Capel will likely shoot more for an NIT appearance I the next few years before making a leap-and-bounds type move towards the big dance. After leaving Oklahoma, Capel has been with the Blue Devils since and stepped in as an interim head coach when head coach Mike Krzyzewski underwent back surgery. He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes. The Blue Devils have landed the No. 1 class in the country in four of the past five seasons, with Capel the top recruiter on staff.

Pittsburgh is turning to Jeff Capel to turn around its struggling basketball program. Prior to that, he led VCU from 2003-2006, leading the Rams to 79 victories and a.694 winning percentage in conference play. He had a subpar first season before really kicking on the next two seasons led by future number one overall draft pick Blake Griffin. "My meetings with Director of Athletics Heather Lyke and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher made a huge impact in the decision process". I was thoroughly impressed with their vision for the University of Pittsburgh, the athletic department and our program. Last year, Wilson-Frame averaged 13 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his first Division I season after transferring from Northwest Florida State junior college.

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Capel starred at Duke in the mid-1990s and got into coaching in 2000, beginning his career as an assistant for his father Jeff Capel II at Old Dominion.

Capel went 175-110 in nine years at Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma before returning to his alma mater to become Krzyzewski's right-hand man. Now, Coach K will be challenged to continue that success without Capel.

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