Pittsburgh hiring Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel

"Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh", Lyke said in the school's release.

Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel has agreed to be the next head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, according to ESPN.

Capel spent four seasons as head coach at VCU from 2002 to 2006 and five seasons as head coach at Oklahoma from 2006 to 2011, leading the Sooners to a No. 2 national ranking and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2008-09 season. I was thoroughly impressed with their vision for the University of Pittsburgh, the athletic department and our program. "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".

Kryzyzewski was highly praising of his former assistant head coach after the news was leaked today.

Pitt's search included interviews with Thad Matta and Tom Crean and overtures to Danny Hurley, who opted instead to become the head coach at CT. At VCU, he led the Rams back to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time in almost a decade. Krzyzewski has not indicated when that will be. "And we have a lot of people, including the guys who are on the staff now, where they would understand Duke". 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. In four seasons at VCU, Capel led the Rams to 79 wins with a.694 winning percentage in conference play. Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski is 71 years old and, while he has not talked of retirement, he can't coach forever, either. Capel also signed freshman forward and ACC Player of the Year Marvin Bagley III last year. "He possesses championship-level experience as both a head and assistant coach, as well as distinct knowledge of the (ACC) that will benefit Pitt immediately". As great as Jamie Dixon was at Pitt, he landed just two 5-star recruits in his 13 seasons with the Panthers.


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