Jeff Capel Jr. diagnosed with ALS, son says

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. -- Former Old Dominioncoach Jeff Capel Jr. has been diagnosed with ALS.

His son, acting Duke Blue Devilscoach Jeff Capel III, disclosed his father's diagnosis Wednesday in a first-person story written for The Players' Tribune.

The younger Capel says doctors at Duke University this spring diagnosed his father with the disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He says in the story that the disease, "I am sad to report, continues to progress," but that "we are fighting -- always fighting."

The elder Capel, 64, coached seven seasons at Old Dominion from 1994 to 2001, taking the Monarchs to two NCAA tournaments. He also spent one year at North Carolina A&T and four seasons at Division II Fayetteville State and assisted with theCharlotte Bobcats (2004-11) and Philadelphia 76ers(2011-13).

He's the patriarch of a family that includes two sons who were Atlantic Coast Conference players who went into coaching.

Jeff Capel III played at Duke in the 1990s before starting a coaching career that included stops at Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma before returning to his alma mater and is temporarily in charge of the Duke program while Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski recovers from back surgery earlier this month.

Jason Capel played at rival North Carolina from 1998 to 2002 and coached four seasons at Appalachian State.