- Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Sport(s) Basketball Current position Title Head coach Team Duke Conference ACC Record 827–225 (.786) Biographical details Born February 13, 1947 Place of birth Chicago, Illinois Playing career 1966–1969 Army Position(s) Point guard, shooting guard Coaching career (HC unless noted) 1974–1975
Head coaching record Overall 900–284 (.760) Tournaments 79–23 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors Championships 4 NCAA Tournament Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
11 Regional Championships – Final Four (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010)
13 ACC Tournament Championships (1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011)
12 ACC Regular Season Championships (1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010)
Gold medal – Men's Basketball (2008 Summer Olympics)
Gold medal – FIBA World Championship (2010)
8 NCAA Championship Games: (1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2010)
12 Elite Eights: (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010)
Awards 2x Basketball Times National Coach of the Year (1986, 1997)
3x Naismith College Coach of the Year (1989, 1992, 1999)
NABC Coach of the Year (1991)
5x ACC Coach of the Year (1984, 1986, 1997, 1999, 2000)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2001 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Michael William "Mike" Krzyzewski ( // shə-shev-ski; Polish: Krzyżewski [kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)ski]; nicknamed "Coach K"; born February 13, 1947) is the men's college basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils. He is also the coach of the United States men's national basketball team, whom he led to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours (tied for second most in history), 12 ACC regular season titles, and 13 ACC championships over 30 seasons at Duke. Krzyzewski has amassed an NCAA-record 79 NCAA tournament victories, while averaging more than 25 wins per season. On March 1, 2008, Krzyzewski became the sixth men's basketball coach in NCAA history to reach the 800-win plateau. Krzyzewski has totaled 900 career victories (as of March 20, 2011), making him the most winning active coach, and putting him three wins away from being the most winning men's basketball coach in NCAA Division I history. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following the 2001 season.
Krzyzewski was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Polish-American parents Emily M. (née Pituch) and William Krzyzewski. He has roots in the Pittsburgh area, as his maternal grandparents emigrated from Poland to Keisterville, Pennsylvania. Up until he was 10 or 12, he visited there every summer; Krzyzewski had stated that he suspects the purpose of such trips was to "teach you to know where you came from and to be proud of it."
Krzyzewski attended (Archbishop) Weber High School in Chicago. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1969, and played basketball under Bob Knight while training to become an officer in the Army. In 2005 he was presented West Point's Distinguished Graduate Award. He was captain of the Army basketball team in his senior season, 1968–69, leading his team to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. From 1969 to 1974, Krzyzewski served in the Army and directed service teams for three years, and then followed that up with two years as head coach of the U.S. Military Academy Prep School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Tenure at Duke
On March 18, 1980, Krzyzewski was named the head coach at Duke University after five seasons at Army. After a few rebuilding seasons, he and the Blue Devils became a fixture on the national basketball scene with 27 NCAA Tournament berths in the past 28 years and 16 consecutive from 1996 to 2011, which is the second-longest current streak of tournament appearances behind Kansas, which has appeared in the tournament in 22 consecutive seasons. Overall, he has taken his program to postseason play in 28 of his 31 years at Duke and is the most winning active coach in men's NCAA Tournament play with a 79–23 record for a .775 winning percentage. His Duke teams have won 13 ACC Championships, been to 11 Final Fours, and won four NCAA tournament National Championships. On February 13, 2010, Krzyzewski coached in his 1000th game as the Duke head coach. On March 20, 2011, Krzyzewski won his 900th game, becoming only the second head coach with at least 900 wins, the other being his head coach at Army, Bobby Knight.
- 1986, Basketball Times, CBS/Chevrolet, UPI National COY awards
- 1989, Naismith National COY
- 1991, United States Sports Academy awarded Kryzewski the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.
- 2001, Victor Award
- 1984, ACC COY
- 1986, ACC COY
- 1997, ACC COY
- 1999, ACC COY
- 2000, ACC COY
- 2010, Chris Phillips Award
- 2001, Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame.
- 2001, Time magazine and CNN named Krzyzewski "America's Best Coach"; the award was not limited to any particular sport.
- 2008, United States Sports Academy awarded Krzyzewski the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.
- 2011, 900 career wins (2nd Coach in Division 1 Basketball to win 900 plus games)
Krzyzewski has totaled 900 career victories (as of March 20, 2011 against the Michigan Wolverines), making him the most winning active coach and the second most winning all time coach in the Men's NCAA Division I ranks. Only Krzyzewski's mentor, Bob Knight, has more NCAA Division I wins (902). Other coaches with 800 or more wins include Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun and Eddie Sutton. His Duke Basketball team won more games (291) in a decade, beginning in the year 2000, than any other team in any one decade in men's NCAA Basketball history.
During his long tenure at Duke, Krzyzewski has been given the opportunity to coach in the NBA four times. The first time came after the 1990 season when he led the Blue Devils to their third straight Final Four appearance. The Boston Celtics offered a coaching position to Krzyzewski, but he soon declined their offer. The next season, Krzyzewski proceeded to lead the Blue Devils to the first of two straight national championships. In 1994, he was pursued by the Portland Trail Blazers, but again he chose to stay with Duke. In 2004, Krzyzewski was also interviewed by the Los Angeles Lakers following the departure of high-profile coach Phil Jackson. He was given a formal offer from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, reportedly for five years, $40 million and part ownership, but again turned down the NBA. In 2010, the New Jersey Nets were reportedly willing to pay Krzyzewski between $12 million and $15 million per season to coach the Nets. Krzyzewski again declined the offer and stayed at Duke.
Duke has named the floor at its basketball venue, Cameron Indoor Stadium, "Coach "K" Court" in his honor. Similarly, the grassy area outside of Cameron has been named Krzyzewskiville or "K-Ville." On February 28, 2007, Duke named its new basketball practice facility the "Michael W. Krzyzewski Center" — Dedicated to Academic & Athletic Excellence. The 56,000-square-foot (5,200 m2) building was dedicated on February 8, 2008, and also houses the Academic Support Center for all of Duke's 600 student-athletes and an expanded Sports Hall of Fame and event center.
His alma mater inducted him into its sports hall of fame on September 11, 2009, the night before the Army vs. Duke football game. Additionally, West Point annually awards the "Coach K Teaching Character Through Sports" award each spring to cadets and coaches who display superior ethics and character through sport.
Krzyzewski has been the head coach of several USA men's national teams, winning a silver medal at the 1987 World University Games, a bronze medal at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, a silver medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and gold medals at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and 2008 Summer Olympics.
In 2005, he was appointed coach of the national team through the Beijing Olympics. In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the USA won the bronze medal after losing in the semifinals to Greece and then beating defending Olympic gold medalist Argentina for third place.
On August 24, 2008, Krzyzewski's U.S. team won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. "The Redeem Team" finished the tournament with a perfect 8–0 record.
Despite initially only being appointed for four years, Krzyzewski agreed to lead the U.S. through another Olympic cycle. He coached the U.S. team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and led Team USA to a perfect 8-0 record, defeating host Turkey in the gold medal game, 81-64.
Krzyzewski has amassed a total record of 35-1 (.972) as head coach of the USA National Team through the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team has captured three golds (FIBA Americas Championship 2007, 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship) and one bronze (2006 FIBA World Championship). His teams have yet to lose in pool play.
Many of Krzyzewski's assistants or players have become head coaches at other schools:
- Tommy Amaker (Seton Hall (1997-2001), Michigan (2001-2007), Harvard (2007-present))
- Bob Bender (Washington (1993-2002))
- Mike Brey (Delaware (1995-2000), Notre Dame (2000-present))
- Jeff Capel (VCU (2002-2006), Oklahoma (2006-2011))
- Johnny Dawkins (Stanford (2008-present))
- Mike Dement (UNC Greensboro (1991-1995, 2005-present), SMU (1995-2004))
- David Henderson (Delaware (2000-2006))
- Tim O'Toole (Fairfield (1998-2006))
- Quin Snyder (Missouri (1999-2006), NBDL Austin Toros (2007-2010))
Three former players (Steve Wojciechowski, Chris Collins and Jeff Capel) currently work under him as assistants at Duke. Another former player and assistant, Nate James, works under him as a special assistant. Former player Chris Carrawell, has been on staff since the 2007-08 season and is currently employed as assistant video coordinator and strength & conditioning coach.
No team coached by one of Krzyzewski's former players has beaten the Blue Devils. However, during the 2007 NCAA tournament (1st round) the Blue Devils fell to Virginia Commonwealth University, whose core players had been recruited by former VCU coach Jeff Capel before he left for the head coaching position at Oklahoma.
Notable players coached
Head coaching record
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Army Cadets (NCAA Division I Independent) (1975–1980) 1975–76 Army 11–14 1976–77 Army 20–8 1977–78 Army 19–9 NIT 1st Round 1978–79 Army 14–11 1979–80 Army 9–17 Army: 73–59 Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1980–present) 1980–81 Duke 17–13 6–8 T–5th NIT Quarterfinals 1981–82 Duke 10–17 4–10 T–6th 1982–83 Duke 11–17 3–11 7th 1983–84 Duke 24–10 7–7 T–3rd NCAA 2nd Round 1984–85 Duke 23–8 8–6 T–4th NCAA 2nd Round 1985–86 Duke 37–3 12–2 1st NCAA Runner-up 1986–87 Duke 24–9 9–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 1987–88 Duke 28–7 9–5 3rd NCAA Final Four 1988–89 Duke 28–8 9–5 T–2nd NCAA Final Four 1989–90 Duke 29–9 9–5 2nd NCAA Runner-up 1990–91 Duke 32–7 11–3 1st NCAA Champions 1991–92 Duke 34–2 14–2 1st NCAA Champions 1992–93 Duke 24–8 10–6 T–3rd NCAA 2nd Round 1993–94 Duke 28–6 12–4 1st NCAA Runner-up 1994–95 Duke 9–3[n 1] 0–1 [n 1] [n 1] 1995–96 Duke 18–13 8–8 T–4th NCAA 1st Round 1996–97 Duke 24–9 12–4 1st NCAA 2nd Round 1997–98 Duke 32–4 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight 1998–99 Duke 37–2 16–0 1st NCAA Runner-up 1999–00 Duke 29–5 15–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2000–01 Duke 35–4 13–3 T–1st NCAA Champions 2001–02 Duke 31–4 13–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2002–03 Duke 26–7 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2003–04 Duke 31–6 13–3 1st NCAA Final Four 2004–05 Duke 27–6 11–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2005–06 Duke 32–4 14–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2006–07 Duke 22–11 8–8 6th NCAA 1st Round 2007–08 Duke 28–6 13–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round 2008–09 Duke 30–7 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2009–10 Duke 35–5 13–3 T–1st NCAA Champions 2010–11 Duke 32–5 13–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen Duke: 827–225 323–137 Total: 900–284
National Champion Conference Regular Season Champion Conference Tournament Champion
Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion Conference Division Champion
- List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins
- NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by coaches
- NCAA Men's Division I Elite Eight appearances by coaches
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Consecutive Appearances
- ^ a b c Krzyzewski coached only the first 12 games of season before leaving the team for back surgery and exhaustion. Pete Gaudet took over as interim head coach and compiled a record of 4–15 with a mark of 2–13 in conference play. Duke finished the season with a record of 13–18 overall and in ninth place in the ACC at 2–14.
- ^ a b Coach K: Duke Basketball. Accessed on February 18, 2008.
- ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4343445.html
- ^ http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=867025
- ^ Coach K practices what he preaches
- ^ "2005 Distinguished Graduate Award". West Point Association of Graduates. http://www.westpointaog.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=586. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- ^ Associated Press story from March 19, 1980. Star-News http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=m9ROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PRMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6496,3897290&hl=en
- ^ Duke-Michigan Rivalry Renewed With Same Result, NY Times, March 20, 2011. New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/sports/ncaabasketball/21duke.html?_r=1&src=se
- ^ a b http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/04/alabama_football_coach_nick_sa.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
- ^ http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/65777/20100405/even_at_$12m_per_season_coach_k_claims_no_interest_in_nets_job/
- ^ ""Coach K" Headlines Army Hall Of Fame Class Of 2009". GoArmySports.om. http://www.goarmysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=11100&ATCLID=204791641. Retrieved 16 Sep 2009.
- ^ "Six receive Krzyzewski Character through sports award" (PDF). http://www.westpoint.edu/Dcomm/PV/yr2009/09APR23.pdf. Retrieved 16 Sep 2009.
- ^ http://www.nba.com/spurs/news/engelland_050718.html
- ^ "2006-07 ACC Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF) (Press release). theACC.com. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/acc/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/07mbk077103.pdf. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
Sporting positions Preceded by
FIBA World Championship
Army Cadets / Black Knights men's basketball head coaches
Joseph Stilwell (1902–1904) • No coach (1904–1906) • Harry Fisher (1906–1907) • B. H. Koehler (1907–1908) • Joseph Stilwell (1908–1911) • Harvey Higley (1911–1913) • Joseph Stilwell (1913–1914) • Jacob L. Devers (1914–1916) • Arthur Conard (1916–1917) • Ivens Jones (1917–1919) • Joseph O'Shea (1919–1921) • Harry Fisher (1921–1923) • John Van Vliet (1923–1924) • Harry Fisher (1924–1925) • Ernest Blood (1925–1926) • Leo Novak (1926–1939) • Valentine Lentz (1939–1943) • Edward Kelleher (1943–1945) • Stu Holcomb (1945–1947) • John Mauer (1947–1951) • Elmer Ripley (1951–1953) • Bob Vanatta (1953–1954) • Orvis Sigler (1954–1958) • George Hunter (1958–1963) • Tates Locke (1963–1965) • Bob Knight (1965–1971) • Dan Dougherty (1971–1975) • Mike Krzyzewski (1975–1980) • Pete Gaudet (1980–1982) • Les Wothke (1982–1990) • Tom Miller (1990–1993) • Dino Gaudio (1993–1997) • Pat Harris (1997–2002) • Jim Crews (2002–2009) • Zach Spiker (2009– )
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball head coaches
Wilbur Wade Card (1905–1912) • Joseph Brinn (1912–1913) • Noble Clay (1913–1915) • Bob Doak (1915–1916) • Charles Doak (1916–1918) • Henry Cole (1918–1919) • Walter Rothensies (1919–1920) • Floyd J. Egan (1920–1921) • James A. Baldwin (1921–1922) • Jessie Burbage (1922–1924) • George Buchheit (1924–1928) • Eddie Cameron (1928–1942) • Gerry Gerard (1942–1950) • Harold Bradley (1950–1959) • Vic Bubas (1959–1969) • Bucky Waters (1969–1973) • Neill McGeachy (1973–1974) • Bill Foster (1974–1980) • Mike Krzyzewski (1980–1995) • Pete Gaudet # (1995) • Mike Krzyzewski (1995– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
Current men's basketball head coaches of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Steve Donahue (Boston College) • Brad Brownell (Clemson) • Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) • Leonard Hamilton (Florida State) • Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech) • Mark Turgeon (Maryland) • Jim Larranaga (Miami) • Mark Gottfried (NC State) • Roy Williams (North Carolina) • Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech) • Tony Bennett (Virginia) • Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest)
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