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 held a press conference Tuesday 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.
“We are fully confident that Jeff Capel will successfully usher in another
exciting era of Sooner basketball and instill the same confidence and passion
in his current and future players, as well as Oklahoma fans everywhere,” said
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.
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.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head coach of one of the
best programs in all of college basketball,” said Capel. “I’m honored that Joe
Castiglione and President [David] Boren have entrusted me to be the leader of
the OU men’s basketball program and I’m eager to start working with our
“I’m a young head coach who feels his age is a benefit, not a detriment. I
have an energy and a passion for what I do, and I’m prepared for this job.
I’ve always felt honored to be called a coach. I cherish the opportunity I
have to impact young men.”
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.
“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.”
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.