The USC basketball program lost assistant coach Kevin Norris last month when he decided to return home to the East Coast. His replacement will be coming home as well as the Trojans have announced the hiring of Chris Capko as an assistant coach.
Capko spent two seasons with the Trojans as the program’s Director of Basketball Operations from 2013-2015 before taking an assistant coaching position at Florida International last season. The Panthers began the season 11-9, but finished 13-19 with a 7-11 record in Conference USA play.
“Both the staff and players are excited to have Chris [Capko] rejoin the USC men’s basketball program,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said in a statement. “He is a hard-worker who has gained experience in all facets of the business and he has a bright future in front of him.
"He was here at the beginning when we formed the plan for the future of the USC basketball program and we look forward to great things from Chris.”
A Florida native, Capko has strong ties to the Sunshine State that continued during his playing days. He spent a season at Florida under Billy Donovan before transferring and playing his final three seasons at South Florida. He spent two years as a shooting coach at Stetson in DeLand, Fla. before a pair of seasons not far from the Southeast’s panhandle state, coaching at Georgia Southern.
Capko originally gave up his assistant coaching position at Georgia Southern to come across the country to join Enfield’s original staff at USC in the director of basketball operations position in 2013.
Like the rest of the Trojans’ staff, Capko is a young coach that relates well with players. He is known for his recruiting ability and has already been hard at work during the April recruiting period.
Since the beginning of Elite Youth Basketball League action in Brooklyn last weekend, the Trojans have offered at least six players in the 2017 or 2018 classes. All six are from the East Coast with four of the players being from Georgia or Florida.