Jeff Capel III

Jeff Capel III (born February 12, 1975)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Current conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
VCU record: 79-41 (.658)
Oklahoma record: 83-69 (.546) **
Pittsburgh record: 97-92 (.513)
Overall record: 259-202 (.562) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-present Pittsburgh
2014-2018 Duke (assoc. HC)
2011-2014 Duke (asst)
2006-2011 Oklahoma
2002-2006 VCU
2001-2002 VCU (asst)
2000-2001 Old Dominion (asst)

Jeff Capel III Facts

  • Felton Jeffrey Capel III
  • Born February 12, 1975
  • Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (BA, 1997)
  • Father was the late Jeff Capel II, a long-time high school, college and professional coach; younger brother Jason Capel played at rival UNC and served as the head coach at Appalachian State
  • After a stellar prep career at South View HS, including a last-second lay-up to win the 1993 state title, Capel started at guard for four seasons under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke
    • Was a two-year captain (1996 & 1997) and earned All-ACC third team honors as a junior
  • After a short pro career, Capel joined his father‘s staff at Old Dominion as an assistant coach in 2000
  • Spent one year as an assistant to Mack McCarthy at VCU and in 2002 took over as the Rams’ head coach
  • Spent five years as head coach at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the NCAA Tournament twice, reached the 2009 Elite Eight
    • The Sooners were led in 2008 and 2009 by eventual National POY and 1st overall pick Blake Griffin
    • Though Capel was not directly implicated, all 13 of OU’s wins from in 2009-10 were later vacated by the NCAA when it was found that assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro had helped provide Sooner star Tiny Gallon with monetary benefits
    • Gallon left for the NBA in 2010 and several underclassmen transferred out, leaving OU’s roster decimated; Capel’s squad won just 14 games and he was fired after the season
  • Capel returned to his alma mater Duke as an assistant to his former head coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2011; elevated to associate head coach before the the 2014-15 season
    • Served as interim head coach at Duke on two occasions, though the outcomes of those games (5-3 overall) are still attributed to Krzyzewski
  • Hired in March 2018 to be the new head coach at Pittsburgh; is 75-81 through his first five seasons
    • In year five, Capel was named ACC COY after the Panthers finished T-3rd, got an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Round of 32

Jeff Capel III Coaching Tree

  • Rod Barnes (Cal State Bakersfield, Georgia State)
  • Ben Betts (South Carolina State)


** Listed records and accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA