Fayetteville, NC — Fayetteville State University and the Department of Athletics have received confirmation via the Capel family that legendary Coach Felton Jeffrey Capel, Jr. has passed away.

“The Fayetteville State University family is saddened by the passing of one of its most respected alumni and former coaches,” said Chancellor James Anderson. “Coach Capel and his family are held in high regard by FSU, its alumni, and supporters and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, wife, children, and family members during this difficult time.”


Capel, a native of Southern Pines, NC was diagnosed in March of 2016 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Capel played basketball at Fayetteville State University for one year before joining the Army for four years. He later returned to earn a health and physical education degree.

Coach Capel started his career at Fayetteville State University from 1989 until 1992-93. FSU finished his augural season 7-20 and improved to a 14-13 in his second. The Broncos finished 22-8 in his third year at the helm and 20-9 in his final. FSU qualified for postseason play in 1993 and loss a close 79-62 NCAA Division II Regional Round to Alabama A&M.

Capel continued his career at North Carolina A&T State University for a season and seven seasons at Old Dominion University. He spent a total of 12 years on the collegiate level and compiled a career record of 201-162 before joining the NBA as an assistant coach in 2004 with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Courtesy: FSU Athletics

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