Former Old Dominion coach Jeff Capel Jr. dies of ALS

Jeff Capel Jr. (AP photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Former Old Dominion and Fayetteville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. has died, less than two years after being diagnosed with ALS.

Fayetteville State Chancellor James A. Anderson said family members told him of Capel's death Monday. He was 64.

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Anderson called Capel one of the school's "most respected alumni and former coaches" in a statement. Capel was diagnosed with ALS in the spring of 2016 by doctors at Duke University. His son - Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel III - revealed the diagnosis in a first-person story written in January for The Players Tribune. The elder Capel coached seven seasons at Old Dominion from 1994-2001, taking the Monarchs to two NCAA Tournaments.

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