Heights High re-dedicates Cappelletti Court

Hall of Fame coach Jim Cappelletti with current Heights High basketball players. Photo by Carl Jenks

Cleveland Heights High School dedicated its new basketball court in honor of legendary former coach Jim Cappelletti during a pre-game ceremony on Feb. 9. The Heights High gymnasium now has a “Cappelletti Court” insignia on each of the baselines.

The Tigers’ previous home court, replaced during the high school renovation, was also named in honor of Cappelletti, who spent 45 years in the CH-UH district, and won 539 games in his coaching career.

Cappelletti attended the ceremony, and a number of his former players came back to honor their coach.

A true Heights legend, Cappelletti led the Tigers to the State Final Four six times (1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003). In 1975 and 1995, Cappelletti’s team finished as State Runner-Up. In 1997, his team won the Division I State Championship, and he was named Ohio Coach of the Year. Coach Cap’s teams also won the Lake Erie League title 11 times.

Cappelletti was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Scott Wortman

Scott Wortman is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:51 PM, 03.01.2018