Jason Capel

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Jason Capel
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
Biographical details
Born (1980-01-15) January 15, 1980 (age 39)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Playing career
1998–2002North Carolina
Position(s)Small forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2009–2010Appalachian State (assistant)
2010–2014Appalachian State
2018–presentPittsburgh (assistant)
Head coaching record

Jason Maurice Capel (born January 15, 1980) is an American college basketball coach, currently an assistant at Pittsburgh. He was previously the 15th head coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers men's basketball team.[1][2] He is a former basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and is the brother of Jeff Capel, former Duke University basketball player and current University of Pittsburgh head coach.[3] Capel provided color commentary for ACC basketball games on Raycom Sports during the 2007–2008 college basketball season. As of January 2018, he was a commentator for Bein Sports. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He is married to his college sweetheart Ashley Heath, also a graduate of UNC.

Playing career[edit]

At a height of 6 feet and 8 inches and a weight of 220 pounds, Capel played the small forward position. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Capel is only one of nine players to ever start for UNC's basketball team in all four years of his eligibility. He led the Tar Heels in scoring in his senior year with 15.6 points per game. He also played in the NCAA Final Four in 2000.

Capel went undrafted in the National Basketball Association's NBA Draft in 2002. Though he briefly made the Charlotte Bobcats' roster, he never played in an NBA game. He then turned down more lucrative offers in Europe to play basketball in the NBA D-League for the Fayetteville Patriots, a team coached by his father Jeff Capel II. After two years in the D-League (2002–04) he played professionally in Japan for the Aisin Seahorses (2004–05).

He played for BT Roseto of the Italian Serie A league in 2005–2006, and from July to December 2006 he played with Air Avellino in the same league. Capel wrapped up his professional career in Serbia playing for KK Crvena zvezda of the Naša Sinalko Liga in 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

Capel joined the staff of Buzz Peterson at Appalachian in 2009 as an assistant coach.[4] Following the departure of Buzz Peterson for the head coach job at UNCW, on April 19, 2010 rumors surfaced that Capel had been offered the top spot on the Appalachian basketball coaching staff.[5] On April 21 it was confirmed in a press conference that Capel was the new head coach of the Mountaineers, the 15th in program history.[6] Capel's contract was not renewed after the 2013–14 season when the Mountaineers finished with a 9–21 record, the third straight year the Mountaineers had a losing record under Capel's leadership.[7]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Appalachian State Mountaineers (Southern Conference) (2010–2014)
2010–11 Appalachian State 16-15 10-8 3rd (North)
2011–12 Appalachian State 13-18 7-11 5th (North)
2012–13 Appalachian State 15–16 10–8 T-2nd (North)
2013–14 Appalachian State 9–21 5–11 9th
Appalachian State: 53–70 32–35
Total: 53-70

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Tommy Bowman (2010-04-19). "ASU hires coach". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  2. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2010-04-21). "Capel Named ASU Men's Basketball Head Coach". GoASU. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  3. ^ "Krzyzewski Announces Staff Changes". Duke Sports Information. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  4. ^ Appalachian Sports Information (2009-06-23). "Peterson Completes Men's Basketball Staff". GoASU. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  5. ^ Tommy Bowman (2010-04-20). "ASU expected to hire Jason Capel". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  6. ^ Associated Press (2010-04-21). "Capel becomes Appalachian State coach". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  7. ^ Tommy Bowman (2014-03-10). "Capel out as Appalachian State coach". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-10.

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