The Duke men’s basketball program is losing one of its best assistant coaches, but if coach Mike Krzyzewski is at all disappointed, he didn’t act like it Tuesday.
Upon hearing that Blue Devils assistant coach Jeff Capel was becoming the next head coach at Pitt, Krzyzewski was extremely gracious, releasing a statement thanking Capel for everything he contributed to Duke basketball.
“Pittsburgh just made an amazing hire to lead its men’s basketball program,” Coach K said in a statement. “Having come from a proud basketball family, Jeff Capel is one of the most dynamic coaches in the country. He possesses championship-level experience as both a head and assistant coach, as well as distinct knowledge of the Atlantic Coast Conference that will benefit Pitt immediately.”
Check out Krzyzewski’s full statement below:
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— NCAA Approved Communion Cup (@joeovies) March 27, 2018
Capel played at Duke for Krzyzewski from 1993-97. He began his coaching career at Old Dominion as an assistant and then became head coach at VCU in 2002. After leading the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament in eight years, he took his first Power 5 job at Oklahoma. In 2009, Capel led the Sooners to the Elite Eight.
After Oklahoma fired him in 2011, Capel immediately joined the Duke coaching staff, where he has stayed for the last seven years. He served as interim head coach twice last season when Krzyzewski was out with an illness and recovering from knee surgery.