The Capel Family has been named as the recipient of the 12th annual Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award presented by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jeff Capel III penned an article for The Players Tribune in January of this past year in which he revealed that his father, Jeff Capel II – a former Wake Forest assistant coach – had been diagnosed with ALS in 2014.
Two of the senior Capel’s sons have ACC ties. Jeff Capel III played at Duke and is currently the associate head coach for the Blue Devils. Jason Capel played at North Carolina and now works as a broadcaster for ESPN and the ACC Network.
Jeff Capel II began his coaching career at the high school level in North Carolina before moving up to the college ranks as an assistant at Wake Forest. He served as a collegiate head coach for 12 years at Fayetteville State, North Carolina A&T and Old Dominion, compiling a 201-163 record in 12 seasons, which were highlighted by four NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT berth. He also logged a coaching stint in the NBDL before closing out his career in the NBA as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-11) and Philadelphia 76ers (2011-13).
Jeff Capel III starred at Duke, scoring more than 1,000 points for the Blue Devils from 1993-97. He played two professional seasons in France before joining his father’s staff at Old Dominion for the 2000-01 season. From there, he went to Virginia Commonwealth, where he took over as head coach in 2002. Capel’s 2004 VCU team captured both the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships. He became head coach at Oklahoma in 2006 and coached there for five seasons before returning to Duke as an assistant in 2011.
Jason Capel is one of only four players in North Carolina program history to start each of his four seasons. He led the team in scoring as a senior in 2002 and was part of the Tar Heels’ Final Four team in 2000. After playing professionally in the NBDL and Europe, he spent two seasons as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and Raycom Sports. He then spent one season as an assistant coach at Appalachian State before taking over as the Mountaineers’ head coach in April of 2010. Capel, who was the youngest coach in NCAA Division I basketball at the time he took the job, spent four seasons as head coach at Appalachian State before returning to his current position as a television basketball analyst.
The Bob Bradley Award, named in honor of the late Clemson University sports information director who passed away in 2000 after a three-year battle with bone cancer, was established by ACSMA in conjunction with the ACC in 2006. It is awarded annually to a male or female basketball player, coach or team administrator who has overcome significant injury, illness or adversity in life to become a valuable contributor to his/her program and university.