Bobcats Name Jeff Capel Assistant Coach
“I am very pleased to add Jeff Capel to our staff. Jeff is well-known and respected in basketball circles and he will be a perfect fit with our staff and players,” Bickerstaff said. “He has achieved success wherever he has been as a coach, but more impressive is how he imparts his knowledge and relates to the players.”
Among Capel’s duties will be on-the-floor coaching and serving as an advance scout.
“I want to thank the Charlotte Bobcats and Bernie Bickerstaff for this wonderful opportunity. I’m thrilled to join a great coaching staff and to help build this team from the beginning. I will do whatever I can to help the team progress and succeed,” Capel said. “My time in the NBDL was a very enjoyable experience and allowed me to realize my dream of coaching in the NBA.”
Capel joins the Bobcats after serving two-plus seasons as head coach of the Fayetteville Patriots in the National Basketball Development League, with a 69-61 (.531) record in that time. He took over the head coaching job midway through the Patriots inaugural season in 2001-02 and the following season, in his first full season, he guided the team to the NBDL Finals and a 32-18 record, tops in the NBDL regular season. Last season, Capel coached four players who earned a call-up to the NBA and still led the Patriots into the postseason.
Prior to the NBDL, Capel spent 12 years as a head coach at the collegiate level at Old Dominion, North Carolina A&T and Fayetteville State, with a combined record of 201-162 (.554).
In a seven-year run at Old Dominion, Capel compiled a 122-98 (.555) record, three 20-win seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT postseason berth. In 1998-99, the Monarchs finished 25-9 and the win total was the highest for a season in school history. Old Dominion also recorded a triple-overtime upset win over fourth-seeded Villanova in the opening round of the 1995 NCAA tournament.
Capel spent the 1993-94 season at North Carolina A&T and led the Aggies to the MEAC championship, an NCAA tournament berth and a 15-13 record. His first head coaching job on the college level came at his alma mater, Fayetteville State, a Division II program he coached from 1989-93. While there he posted a 64-51(.557) record and coached current New Orleans guard Darrell Armstrong.
Capel and his wife Jerry are the parents of a pair of former ACC collegiate basketball players. Jeff Capel III played at Duke from 1993-97 and Jason Capel attended University of North Carolina from 1998-2002, before playing for the Fayetteville Patriots for two seasons with his father as the coach. Jeff Capel III is currently entering his third season as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the youngest Division I men’s basketball head coach at 29 years old.
The Charlotte Bobcats are the NBA’s 30th franchise and tip-off their inaugural season in 2004-05 at the Charlotte Coliseum before moving to the new Uptown Arena beginning with the 2005-06 NBA season.