"Frank did a tremendous amount for me," Calabrese said. "My dad worked with him for 30 years. He was my high school golf coach. We have been really close and watching all that was very painful to deal with."
Calabrese indicated he is where he is today in the coaching ranks because of Scagnelli.
"When I got to Catholic, I coached seventh through ninth graders my first year," Calabrese said. "At the end of the year, Frank told me he wanted to come up and help him.
"I had doubts and reservations. I didn't think I was ready but he had all the confidence in the world in me. Frank meant to much to me and helped me so much."
Calabrese is doing wonders for the Capital program and will be looking to guide the Cougars to another strong season, especially off a year in which Capital reached the State Tournament.
Capital stunned undefeated and No. 1 seed Greenbrier East in the regional co-final last year in Fairlea, sending shockwaves throughout the state.
"That was the one great thing that happened in 2013," Calabrese said. "From that point forward, it went all downhill. Getting back to the State Tournament was a great experience.
"We really felt we could win that game. It surprised everyone throughout the state but not us. I can't tell you the number of messages from Morgantown to Huntington to Parkersburg before I even got back on the bus."
Calabrese knows he has a long way to go to repeat that feat with only two players back with much varsity experience in India Hairston and Dashia Foster.
However, Calabrese is just happy to be back on the court guiding his team.
""It's been a challenging week and year but I'm so happy to be with the team," Calabrese said. "When you step on the court, you try and put everything aside and focus on the team."
The players have Calabrese's back, just has he has theirs.
"I love coach to death," Hairston said. "He has been through a lot. He was there for me when I lost my mom in sixth grade and I will always be there for him with what he is going through."