Jeff Capel Officially Introduced As Pitt Men's Basketball Coach

"I will give you everything I have, everyday."

Eric Hagman
March 28, 2018 - 1:28 pm
Jeff Capel

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Jeff Capel is on the job and ready to go as Pitt men’s basketball coach.  As the son of a coach, Capel said he knows it’s a big opportunity for him.

“I’ve always understood the impact that a coach can have on a young person and when I got into coaching, that’s the thing I wanted to do,” said Capel

The 43 year old says Pitt approached him last Thursday, they met on Monday and he accepted the job Tuesday morning. Capel says he knew after the meeting he wanted the job but also wanted some time to think about it. “My dad taught me [with> any big decision, sleep on it, don’t go off [on> just emotion, make sure when you wake up it’s the same feeling.” 

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke, introduced Capel as a “difference maker," and is "insightful, genuine and intensely competitive."

Capel said he coaches with a chip on his shoulder because people questioned his hiring as VCU head coach at 27 years old in 2002.

Capel who played at Duke and spent seven years there as an assistant coach says he's honored to be aligned with a great academic institution in Pitt.

He plans to meet individually with the players, many of whom received their releases to explore transfers. Capel said he understands their feeling uncertainty when one coach leaves and another arrives but wants to have them back.

Former coach Kevin Stallings was fired on March 8 after two seasons and a winless 2017-18 season in the ACC.

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