Jeff Capel to be Named Pittsburgh Head Coach

BREAKING: Pitt Hires Duke Assistant Jeff Capel As Head Basketball Coach

"We are excited to announce Jeff Capel as our head men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh", said university Athletic Director Heather Lyke.

- Duke Associate Head Coach Jeff Capel will leave Durham to take over the men's basketball program at Pittsburgh, a Duke source told WRAL News Tuesday.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coach Jeff Capel.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and asociate head coach Jeff Capel. His relentless work ethic, passion for the game and clear vision of how to build a program capable of competing at the highest levels in the ACC and on the national stage are impressive. Capel will need that strong recruiting acumen at Pitt, who has struggled to bring in highly regarded prospects since leaving the Big East and a lot of players intend to leave the program now. From Duke's perspective, the Blue Devils lose one of their most important coaches, but they also can find one huge positive in Capel accepting the Pitt job. At VCU, he led the Rams back to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time in almost a decade.

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Capel, a former Blue Devil player and Fayetteville native, is in his seventh season on Duke's staff. Capel led the Sooners to a 30-6 record in the 2008-09 season but was sacked after OU went just 14-18 two years later. He even filled in as head coach when Krzyzewski underwent back surgery during the 2016-17 season, posting a 4-3 record.

It's been almost three weeks since Pitt fired coach Kevin Stallings, after a winless campaign in the ACC made it inevitable. The 43-year-old Capel has a 162-110 career record.

The Panthers were the only team in Division I to go winless in conference play and at times, Pitt and its freshmen-laden roster lost eight ACC games by more than 20 points. "The values I have learned from Coach K, his family and his teams will continue to have a significant impact on my career as I look to build on a great tradition here at Pitt".

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