Capel takes over at Oklahoma
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Jeff Capel has accepted the men’s basketball
head coaching position at the University of Oklahoma.
The school will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce the new
coach, who resigned his position at Virginia Commonwealth to take over for
Kelvin Sampson. Sampson left Oklahoma to take the vacancy at Indiana.
Capel led Virginia Commonwealth to a 19-10 record this past season and his
overall mark in four years with the Rams was 79-41. In 2004, he led VCU to the
Colonial Athletic Association title and the NCAA Tournament.
Now 31 years old, Capel became the youngest Division I men’s basketball coach
at age 27 when he was promoted from assistant in 2002. During his tenure at
the school, VCU recorded the most wins and highest winning percentage of any
Division I program in Virginia.
“We are both sad and happy with Jeff’s announcement that he is going to
Oklahoma,” said VCU athletic director Richard L. Sander in a release by the
school. “He did a great job here and we know he will do a great job there.”
Capel, who played at Duke in the mid-1990s, was also an assistant for the
2000-01 season at Old Dominion before moving on to VCU.
Sampson left Oklahoma after 12 highly successful seasons. The Sooners compiled
a 279-109 record during his tenure, which was highlighted by a run to the
Final Four in 2002.