Jason Capel

Member at Fayetteville Patriots

Company:
Fayetteville Patriots
Wrong Jason Capel?

Last Updated 9/29/2004

General Information

Employment History

Head Coach  - Fayetteville Patriots

Assistant  - Wake Forest

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Winston-Salem Journal | Going Big Time

But that's how things have magically played out for Capel, a former Wake Forest assistant and the father of ex-ACC stars Jeff Jr. and Jason Capel.Capel helped out the Charlotte Bobcats at a free-agent camp in June, and by the end of the summer he had landed a spot as an assistant coach on Bernie Bickerstaff's coaching staff."Coaching in the NBA is the thrill of a lifetime," Capel said yesterday."It's something I've worked all my life to get to this point.And to get the opportunity to do it in your home state, it's just truly, truly a blessing.It couldn't have come out any better for me."Capel, 50, started the summer as the head coach of the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBDL.He'd been there for two and a half years, after previously spending his entire coaching career in the high-school and college ranks.He was an assistant at Wake Forest (1986-89) under Coach Bob Staak, then went to Fayetteville State as head coach and athletics director (1989-93).He got his first Division I head-coaching job at N.C. A&T in '93, and moved on to Old Dominion the next year.In seven seasons at Old Dominion, his teams went 122-98 with a NIT and two NCAA Tournament appearances.Capel said he was perfectly happy in Fayetteville, coaching in the NBDL, when he sent out his resume this spring.The hope, truly, was to latch on with somebody at one of the various summer leagues around the country - then return to Fayetteville."I just told everybody I had six months off and nothing to do, and if I could help in any way, I would love to," Capel said."I would drive to Toronto, I would drive to L.A., anywhere, it didn't matter, if I could help somebody."He got a call from Bickerstaff to come to Charlotte and help out at the team's first free-agent camp.The stunning part was, Bickerstaff and Capel had no history, no connections through the coaching ranks."Probably 10, 12 years ago Bernie and I sat in a gym in Las Vegas together and watched our sons play," Capel said.Once Capel got to the Bobcats' camp, however, Lady Luck began smiling on him.After the free-agent camp ended, Bickerstaff asked Capel to stick around and help prepare for summer-league trips to Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.Even then, he never envisioned being Mitchell's replacement.But the day before the team left for Minneapolis, Bickerstaff called Capel into his office."I thought I was getting cut," Capel said.In fact, Jeff and Jason Capel are still bigger household names around here than Gerald Wallace, Brandon Hunter, Tamar Slay, Jason Hart and some of the other guys who will be in training camp starting next Tuesday.Capel won't concede anything, though."Bernie's said from Day One, we're not going to accept easily the fact that we're an expansion team and we're supposed to lose," Capel said.

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Fayetteville Online

Tuesday, look for a story about the Capel brothers, Jeff and Jason.Both grew up in Fayetteville and made a name for themselves in basketball, Jeff at Duke and Jason at North Carolina. Jason Capel is a member of the Fayetteville Patriots and starts his pro career playing for his father, Jeff Capel Jr. Staff writer Khary McGhee interviewed both men and their father for the story.

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Rivals.com

Jason Capel to play for father with Patriots - Fayetteville Observer"Former North Carolina star Jason Capel is about to be reunited with his father, Jeff, by becoming a member of the Fayetteville Patriots." Men's Basketball Preview: Part I - Tar Heel Blue"The first of a two-part look at the 2002-03 Carolina's men's basketball team." Men's Basketball Preview: Part 2 - Tar Heel Blue"....Doherty welcomes six freshmen - point guard Raymond Felton, swing men Rashad McCants and David Noel and frontcourt players Damion Grant, Sean May and Byron Sanders."

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