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Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

Panthers to push the pace under new coach Capel

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Capel and his new coaching staff stressed strength and stamina. He wants his Pitt teams to play in the same mold of his teams at Oklahoma — force turnovers, get out in transition and play fast.

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

During her first year as athletic director, Heather Lyke hired seven coaches. Because of these additions, Pitt fans can optimistically look forward to the next season.

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Pitt is competing in one of the toughest conferences in men's college basketball, and new head coach Jeff Capel is doing everything to ensure the team is prepared.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Welcome Back 2018

Jeff Capel's impact on the men's basketball program is notable — but the Pitt community shouldn't expect his first team to take the college basketball world by storm.

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed pic.twitter.com/U08k1gsDaF — A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018 The Fayetteville, North Carolina nat...

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

As Pitt’s highly anticipated McCarl Hall of Champions is under construction, Panther fans can expect the changes to continue — Pitt’s athletic innovation will extend up “cardiac hill” to all athletic facilities. In a question and answer roundtable discussion between Pitt athletic direct...

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

By Tessa Sayers | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The first things Trey McGowens noticed were the bridges. He had never been to Pittsburgh before — but everyone in Pittsburgh already knew who he was. Just 28 days after Jeff Capel was named the head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team in late March, he was about to officially sign McGowens, Pitt...

Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

In her first year as Pitt’s athletic director, Heather Lyke quickly received a six-year extension to her contract at the end of April. Jumping right into a hectic season, Lyke hired six new head coaches to begin leading in the 2018-19 season, each one building their own unique coaching staffs. The whol...

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The best way to build a strong athletic program involves consistency and a direction. It’s very difficult for schools to form their own identity with constantly changing leadership as Pitt has experienced over the past decade with seven different head football coaches. But Pitt now officially has...

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has officially rounded out his immediate coaching staff with the hiring of a third full-time assistant, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Capel hired College of Charleston assistant coach Milan Brown to join associate head coaches Tim O’Toole and Jason Capel, both of whom Pitt hired as assistant coaches last we...

Q&A: Jeff Capel looks to rebuild Pitt basketball

Q&A: Jeff Capel looks to rebuild Pitt basketball

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After arguably one of the worst seasons in Pitt men’s basketball history, and facing the potential exodus of nearly half of last year’s roster, the program needed to make a change — so Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired Jeff Capel in March as head coach to bring the program back to prominence. The Pitt News sat down with Capel to discuss his transition from the Blue Devils to the Panthers, his ...

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel hired his brother, Jason Capel, and Tim O’Toole to be assistants on his staff, according to reports Wednesday.   https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/984087393371328513   O’Toole joins Pitt after spending the last two seasons as an a...

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year Pitt guard Parker Stewart announced via Twitter on Friday that he will be transferring from the Pitt basketball program. Stewart — who was also the first Pitt player to request his release from the program after the firing of former head coach Kevin Stallings — is the only player of the nine that requested their releases to ...

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

Column: College sports deserve diverse leadership

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

Not only is Pitt’s new men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel a star recruiter and successful tournament coach, he brings something to Pitt that the program has never seen before. Diversity. Specifically, Capel — a black man — is the first-ever head coach of any minority status to oversee ...

Capel is more than capable

Capel is more than capable

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Just when it looked like Pitt would be left out in the late March cold without a head coach, Athletic Director Heather Lyke, unlike her predecessor, made a bold decision. Lyke hired Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel Tuesday — 17 days after firing Kevin Stallings. Capel’s hiring comes as a pleasant...

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke introduced Jeff Capel as the next men’s basketball coach during a ceremony at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday. The gym floor was packed with University students and staff, including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, women’s head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Ser...

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Two Pitt men’s basketball players who requested release from the program upon the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings are staying with program after Pitt hired Duke’s Jeff Capel Tuesday. According to a post on Instagram, first-year guard Shamiel Stevenson has no plans to leave the program, s...

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