Capel to Keynote Iba Awards

Jeff Capel, University of Oklahoma men’s basketball coach, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards.
Oklahoma University caught most college basketball insiders — if not all of them — by surprise when it named then-31-year-old Jeff Capel as its 13th men’s basketball head coach in April 2006. In three short seasons, Capel has made the OU decision makers who selected him look genius.
After serving four years as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth, Capel arrived in Norman ready to launch the Oklahoma program back into the national limelight, and he has done just that. In fact, Capel’s swift rebuilding project has netted him the most wins (69) and best winning percentage (.676) of any coach in OU history after three
years at the helm.
The Sooners’ last two campaigns have been particularly impressive, with seven-win improvements occurring both seasons. Oklahoma posted a 23-12 record in 2007-08 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It followed with a 30-6 mark in ‘08-09 and made the program’s first Elite Eight showing since 2003.
This year’s black tie event will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention
Center on June 15, 2009. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, will be this
year’s male recipient. Melanie Roach, Olympic weightlifter, will be this year’s female
recipient. Sports broadcaster Ross Porter will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $175 per person.

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