Jeff Capel II

Jeff Capel II (1953-2017)

Teams coached: Fayetteville State Broncos, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Old Dominion Monarchs, Fayetteville Patriots
Fayetteville State record^: 63-51 (.553)
North Carolina A&T record: 16-14 (.533)
Old Dominion record: 122-98 (.555)
Overall record: 201-163 (.552)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011-2013 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
2004-2011 Charlotte Bobcats (asst)
2001-2004 Fayetteville Patriots
1994-2001 Old Dominion
1993-1994 North Carolina A&T
1989-1989 Fayetteville State
1986-1989 Wake Forest (asst)

Jeff Capel II Facts

  • Felton Jeffery Capel II
  • Born January 6, 1953
  • Died November 13, 2017
  • Hometown: Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Fayetteville State University (BA, 1977)
  • After graduating from Pinecrest HS (NC), Capel attended nearby Fayetteville State and played D-II basketball
    • Left school in 1971 and spent the next four years serving in the United States Army
    • Returned to Fayetteville to finish his degree and spend more year playing basketball
  • Became a volunteer basketball coach at Pinecrest HS in 1978, then became varsity head coach in 1980
    • Also coached wrestling, baseball and JV football and served as the school’s assistant principal
  • Hired by Bob Staak at Wake Forest in 1986, spending the next three seasons as one of his assistants
  • Became the head coach at his other alma mater, D-II Fayetteville State in 1989
    • Went 63-51 in four seasons there, improving from 7 wins in his first year to back-to-back 20 win seasons and a D-II NCAA Tournament appearance in 1993
  • Left FSU for North Carolina A&T in 1993, going 16-14 and winning the MEAC Tournament for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in his sole season with the Aggies
  • Hired as the head coach of Old Dominion in 1994, going 122-98 in seven seasons at the helm
    • Won the CAA title in 1995 and 1997 and claimed CAA Tournament crowns the same two seasons
      • The 1995 team is remembered for a thrilling 3OT upset of 3-seed Villanova in the NCAA First Round
    • In addition to those two NCAA Tournament berths, his Monarchs went to NIT in 1999
    • Resigned in 2001 following back-to-back losing seasons
  • That same year, Capel became the head coach of the Fayetteville Patriots, a new NBA Development League team
    • Was 66-60 in three seasons with the team, reaching the NBDL Finals in 2003 and semifinals in 2004
  • Spent the rest of career in the NBA, spending seven years with the Charlotte Bobcats and two with the Philadelphia 76ers
    • Coached under Bernie Bickerstaff, Sam Vincent, Larry Brown and Paul Silas in Charlotte and Doug Collins in Philadelphia
  • Diagnosed with Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2014 and later passed away in 2017 at the age of 64
  • His sons are also college coaches: Jeff Capel III is the head coach at Pittsburgh and Jason Capel, one of his brother’s assistants, previously the head coach at Appalachian State

Jeff Capel II Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels only