Feb. 15, 2018 -- 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 Tigers’ previous home court, replaced during the recent Heights High renovation project, was named in honor of Cappelletti, who spent 45 years in the CH-UH District and won 539 games in his coaching career.
Cappelletti was on hand for the ceremony, and a number of his former players came back to honor their coach.
Cappelletti is a true Heights legend, leading the Tigers to the State Final Four six times (1975, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003). In 1975 and 1995, Cappelletti’s team finished as the 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.
The Heights High gymnasium now has a “Cappelletti Court” insignia on each of the baselines.