Jeff Caple, the acting head coach for the Duke Blue Devils while Coach K recovers from back surgery, comes from a basketball pedigree. His father, Jeff Caple Jr. coached the Old Dominion Monarchs for seven seasons in the 90’s and no doubt served as inspiration for his son’s coaching aspirations.
Today, with a heavy heart, Caple published a first person story in the Players Tribune that disclosed his fathers diagnosis.
Caple Jr. was diagnosed with ALS, known colloquially as “Lou Gerigh’s Disease,” is a progressive muscle disease that causes nerves to break down and muscles to become weak.
While medication and treatment can help ease discomfort, there is no cure.
Caple III says that the disease continues to progress in his father, but that they are “always fighting.”
Caple Jr. is 64 years old and coached his way to three tournament appearances in his career. His final season as a head coach was with Old Dominion in 2000-2001. He spent time as an assistant in the NBA with 2004-2011 and with the 76ers from 2011-2013.