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Tim O’Toole Name to Watch for Pitt Assistant Job



Fairfield Head Coach Tim O'Toole is very expressive as the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Fairfield Stags at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. -- Thad Parsons/Icon SMI

Another name is starting to emerge in Jeff Capel’s search to fill out his first coaching staff at Pitt.

Tuesday night, Pittsburgh Sports Now reported that Jason Capel, former head coach at Appalachian State and younger brother of head coach Jeff Capel, is a name to watch to join the coaching staff.

This morning, PSN has learned of another person that has a real chance of becoming a Pitt assistant coach in California associate head coach Tim O’Toole.

O’Toole, 54, is currently the associate head coach at Cal under Wyking Jones, where he’s been since 2016. Prior to that, O’Toole was an assistant coach at Stanford for two years, but he has East Coast roots.

A native of White Plains, New York, O’Toole played at Fairfield and was also the head coach at his alma mater from 1998 to 2006 and won MAAC Coach of the Year in 2004. He had stops as an assistant at Fordham, Army, Iona, Seton Hall, two stints at Syracuse, and spent two seasons at Duke from 1995 to 1997, where he was as an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski while Capel was an upperclassman on the team.

O’Toole is known for developing big men during his time at Cal, specifically 7-foot-1 center Kinglsey Okoroh, who finished second in the Pac 12 in blocks in 2017-18.

Stay with PSN for more on this developing story.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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