Jeff Capel II
|Born||January 6, 1953|
Southern Pines, North Carolina
|Died||November 13, 2017(aged 64)|
|High school||Pinecrest (Southern Pines, North Carolina)|
|College||Fayetteville State (1970–1971, 1976–1977)|
|1986–1989||Wake Forest (assistant)|
|1993–1994||North Carolina A&T|
|2004–2011||Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)|
|2011–2013||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
Felton Jeffrey Capel II (January 6, 1953 – November 13, 2017) was an American National Basketball Association assistant coach, and, prior to that, a college basketball head coach. He was head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs team from 1994 to 2001, of the North Carolina A&T Aggies from 1993 to 1994 and of the Fayetteville State Broncos from 1989 to 1993. He was the father of Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jeff Capel III and former Appalachian State Mountaineers head coach Jason Capel. He was also an assistant coach with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. On November 15, 2011, it was announced that Capel was hired as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Born in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Capel graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1970. He went to Fayetteville State University and played on the basketball team as a freshman, then served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1975. Capel says that serving in the Army provided discipline and structure in his life. Capel returned to Fayetteville State and played another season on the basketball team as a senior before graduating in 1977 with a degree in health and physical education.
In 1978, Capel returned to his alma mater Pinecrest High School to be a volunteer basketball coach. He also coached wrestling, baseball, and junior varsity football at Pinecrest. He then was the head varsity basketball coach from 1980 to 1986. Capel also was an assistant principal at Pinecrest.
Fayetteville State hired Capel as head coach in 1989. In four seasons (1989–1993), Capel had a 63–51 record at Fayetteville State, with berths in the 1991 CIAA basketball tournament semi-finals and 1992 NCAA Tournament. Future NBA player Darrell Armstrong was among players Capel coached.
In the 1993–94 season, Capel was head coach at North Carolina A&T, who finished 16–14 with the MEAC Tournament championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Capel then was head coach at Old Dominion from 1994 to 2001. Under Capel, Old Dominion won two CAA Tournament championships (1995 and 1997). Old Dominion made the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament and first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, as well as the second round of the 1999 National Invitation Tournament. At Old Dominion, Capel had a 122–98 record.
In 2001, the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBA's startup minor league National Basketball Development League (NBDL) hired Capel as head coach. Capel was head coach from 2001 to 2004; the Patriots finished first in the NBDL for the 2002–03 season and were runners-up in the 2003 NBDL Finals.
From 2004 to 2011, Capel was an assistant coach for the NBA expansion team Charlotte Bobcats. He was then an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013. On January 25, 2017, writing in The Players' Tribune, his son Jeff Capel III disclosed that Capel had been diagnosed in 2014 with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He died on November 13, 2017 from the disease.
Head coaching record
|Fayetteville State Broncos (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1989–1993)|
|1992–93||Fayetteville State||20–9||14–6||3rd||NCAA Division II First Round|
|North Carolina A&T Aggies (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1993–1994)|
|1993–94||North Carolina A&T||16–14||10–6||T–2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|North Carolina A&T:||16–14||10–6|
|Old Dominion Monarchs (Colonial Athletic Association) (1994–2001)|
|1994–95||Old Dominion||21–12||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1996–97||Old Dominion||22–11||10–6||T–1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1998–99||Old Dominion||25–9||11–5||2nd||NIT Second Round|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Fayetteville Patriots||2001–02||34||16||18||.471||7th||–||–||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|Fayetteville Patriots||2002–03||46||29||17||.630||1st||5||3||2||.600||Lost in NBDL Finals|
|Fayetteville Patriots||2003–04||46||21||25||.457||4th||1||0||1||.000||Lost in Semifinals|
- "Jeff Capel". NBA Development League. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Meet Head Coach Jeff Capel". Old Dominion Sports. Archived from the original on October 6, 2000. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- Wilkie, Jim (April 28, 1989). "FSU chooses Capel for dual positions". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Capel, Jeff. "The Tree". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved 26 January 2017.