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Pitt HC Jeff Capel’s High School Jersey Retired in NC



On Friday night, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel and his family were down in North Carolina while Pitt has a few days off.

Capel was there to have his No. 32 high-school jersey retired by South View High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina, just outside of Fayetteville.


At the end of his high-school career, Capel had established himself as the best scorer, rebounder, and assist-man in the school’s history. According to The Fayetteville Observer, all three of those records stand today in 2024. Capel scored 2,066 points, grabbed 668 rebounds, and dished out 663 assists in his prep career there. In 1993, Capel led his high-school team to a state championship.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Capel went on to play four years at Duke after his high-school career. There, he started 106 games, scored over 1,600 points, and earned All-ACC honors in the 1995-96 season.

Capel has been the head coach at Pitt since 2018-19, and most recently earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in 2022-23. This year, Pitt stands at 15-8 overall and 6-6 in ACC play. Up next, the Panthers will take on Virginia in Charlottesville on Tuesday.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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