Mike Krzyzewski announced two staff changes on Friday as Jeff Capel was elevated to associate head coach and Jon Scheyer was promoted to assistant coach. Capel has been a member of the Blue Devil staff for the past three seasons, while Scheyer spent the 2013-14 season on the Blue Devil staff as a special assistant after spending the previous three years playing professionally.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach
“We are ecstatic about Jon joining the staff,” Krzyzewski said. “He was one of the great players to play at Duke; a national champion and a captain not that far removed so he adds a youthful exuberance to our staff. His knowledge of the game is incredible. I think he will be a terrific teacher and an outstanding recruiter.”
Krzyzewski’s staff consists of three former team captains in Capel (associate head coach), Nate James (assistant coach) and Scheyer (assistant coach).
Capel is entering his 15th season as a Division I coach, including nine seasons as a head coach at VCU and Oklahoma. He owns a 175-110 ledger as a head coach with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2008 with Oklahoma. Capel has helped Duke land top five recruiting classes in each of the last two season at Duke, including the top-rated class of in 2014 with Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow.
Scheyer, who lettered at Duke from 2007-10 and helped lead the Blue Devils to two ACC Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship, steps into the assistant coaching position that opened April 1 when Steve Wojciechowski was named head coach at Marquette. Scheyer’s duties last season as special assistant included assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.
“It is such an honor to be back at Duke as an assistant coach,” Scheyer said. “To think that I have not only had the opportunity to play here but also come back to be a coach and help the guys go through the same process I went through is an honor for me and I am excited. I am going to approach it the same way I did as a player and give it everything I have. The special assistant role I had last year really helped me learn everything from scouting to recruiting to on the court coaching and then really getting to know our guys. I feel so much more prepared to be an assistant coach after having that year as a special assistant here at Duke.”
A native of Northbrook, Ill., Scheyer concluded his career as the only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 made three-point field goals and 200 steals. He averaged 14.4 points per game while scoring in double figures 114 times (fifth-most in school history) and leading the Blue Devils to a 115-29 record, including a 45-19 mark in ACC play. Scheyer, a two-time team captain, scored 2,077 career points to rank 10th on Duke’s all-time scoring list.
Coming out of high school, Scheyer earned McDonald’s All-America and first team Parade All-America honors in 2006 after averaging 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for Glenbrook North. He finished his career as the fourth-leading scorer in Illinois High School basketball history with 3,034 points and was also the only player in Illinois history to rank in the top 10 all-time in points, steals and assists.
Following his graduation from Duke in 2010, Scheyer played professionally with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Developmental League and overseas with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Gran Canaria organizations. His professional career was jeopardized in 2010 when he suffered a serious eye injury in an NBA Summer League game with the Miami Heat.
- Duke Basketball Database