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Peterson Completes Menís Basketball Staff
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 06/23/2009 (ET)
Courtesy: TBD
Jamie Kachmarik (top) and Jason Capel joined the ASU men's basketball staff in June.

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BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University head coach Buzz Peterson announced the hiring of assistant coaches Jamie Kachmarik and Jason Capel on Tuesday. Kachmarik joins the Mountaineer men’s basketball staff following six seasons at the Big South’s Coastal Carolina, including two under Peterson, while Capel embarks on his first coaching job after starring at North Carolina and enjoying a successful professional playing career.

“Both of these men, along with Matt McMahon, bring different areas of expertise to our program and will help put us back on top of the Southern Conference,” said Peterson. “Each of them has the ultimate goal of becoming a head coach, and it is my job to prepare them for that.”

As the Chanticleers’ primary recruiter, Kachmarik brought one Big South Player of the Year, two Big South Freshmen of the Year and four Big South all-freshman selections to CCU. The Chanticleers won 83 games during his tenure and posted a 20-win season in 2005-06, Peterson’s first at the helm. The 20-win season was the team’s first since 1992-93.

The 1997 Bowling Green graduate has a history of attracting players that can be successful both on and off the court. Kachmarik recruited CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-American and 2007-08 Big South Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Jack Leasure.

Prior to his tenure at Coastal Carolina, the 34-year-old spent three seasons at William and Mary, where he helped the Tribe compile 33 wins under head coach Rick Boyages.

Kachmarik began his coaching career as the video coordinator at Ohio State. During his time with the Buckeyes, Jim O’Brien’s squad earned a Big Ten title and a trip to the 1999 Final Four. At OSU, Kachmarik played a vital role in scouting opponents and organization of summer team camps.

Kachmarik and his wife, Cori, have two children: two-year-old son, Drew, and infant daughter, Ava.

“I was impressed by Jamie at Coastal Carolina, both with his recruiting and on-floor coaching. Dating back to his time at Ohio State, he has quite a bit of coaching experience. I look forward to putting his recruiting ability to use.”

Capel starred for four years at North Carolina under head coaches Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty from 1998-2002 and twice earned all-ACC honors (2001 and ‘02). The 6-8 forward led UNC to a Final Four appearance in 2000 and paced the Tar Heels in scoring (15.6 points per game), rebounding (8.6 per game) and steals (29) in 2001-02.

Following his graduation with a degree in communications, Capel played basketball professionally in Serbia, Japan and Italy, as well as for the NBA Development League. Most recently, Capel has spent time in front of the camera as a college basketball analyst for Raycom Sports.

Basketball runs in the Capel family, as his father, Jeff Capel, Jr., is an assistant coach for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and served as head coach at Old Dominion from 1994-2001. Capel’s brother, Jeff just completed his third season at the helm of Oklahoma and led the Sooners to the NCAA Elite Eight this past spring.

The 29-year old is single and enjoys spending time with his two-year old boxer, Brooklyn.

“I’m excited about working with Jason. He has an extensive background in college basketball. With his dad being a coach and his brother currently at Oklahoma, he has been around college athletics all his life. He has some strong recruiting ties and I can’t say enough about how excited I am to get to work with him.”

The new assistant coaches join Matt McMahon, who enters his 10th season on the Mountaineer bench. The former ASU guard played for Coach Peterson during his first tenure as head coach. The two led the Mountaineers to three-straight Southern Conference North Division titles and a berth in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

“Matt has done a great job keeping the team together over the past few months and is to be commended for his efforts,” Peterson said. “The players respect him and his hard work has shown in that none of our players decided to transfer elsewhere. He and the other two assistants will make fine head coaches someday.”

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