Jeff Capel named Pittsburgh basketball's new head coach

Report: Pitt To Hire Duke Assistant Basketball Coach Jeff Capel

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. Around 12 p.m. Maria Taylor, ESPN college basketball reporter, tweeted: "It's a done deal".

Capel has been associate head coach at Duke since 2011, and he was easy to see a candidate to eventually succeed Mike Krzyzewski. "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". But Capel has been a successful head coach, with at least 18 wins in six of his first seven seasons (overlapping VCU and Oklahoma) and a.614 overall winning percentage if you give back the vacated wins from 2009-10. That came in 2009, when he led Oklahoma to the Elite Eight. Stallings went 24-41 and finished this season winless in conference play. He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes.

Capel has been instrumental in luring talent away from Kentucky and other top schools in recent years, most notably the 2018 recruiting class that includes R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cam Reddish. The Rams qualified for the NCAA tournament in his second season.

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He has already been recruiting in the ACC for the past seven years and will likely be just smooth sailing into his new head coaching opportunity. "Pitt has a great tradition of success and I look forward to putting together a staff and team that will enable us to build on that tradition". The 43-year-old Capel has a 162-110 career record.

"Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", said Capel. "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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