Legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is retiring after the upcoming college season 2021-22 college, the school announced Wednesday. Krzyzewski, who turned 74 in February and is famously known as “Coach K”, led the Blue Devils to five NCAA Tournament Championships, 12 Final Four appearances and 27 combined ACC titles in tournament and regular season competition since taking over the program ahead of the 1980 season. -81.
In his 46-year coaching career, Krzyzewski has won 1,170 games, the most in men’s college basketball history.
“My family and I consider today a party,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released by Duke. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been exceptionally fantastic, and we are grateful and honored to have led two university programs at world-class institutions for more than four decades. That combined with 11 unforgettable years as the United States national team coach, has resulted in a Certainly, I have been blessed to coach some of the finest young men and greatest players in basketball history as a direct result of these unique opportunities. For us, there is no greater joy than being a part of our players’ respective endeavors through basketball and more importantly their life off the field. Our family is eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed to our careers over the past 46 years. So to the countless members of our extended family, many thanks. “
A three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year and five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Krzyzewski has amassed a 1,097-302 (.784) career record in 41 years at Duke with 25 plus wins in 22 of the last 24 seasons dating back to 1997-98. His five national championships are awarded only by UCLA’s John Wooden (10), while his 1,097 victories at Duke are mostly for a coach on a single program.
He led the Blue Devils to 24 straight NCAA tournaments from 1996 to 2019 before missing the Big Dance this season as the Duke battled for a 13-11 (9-9 ACC) record. Duke won his first two matches of the 2020 ACC Tournament, but was forced to withdraw from the event following a positive COVID-19 test within the program’s Tier 1 staff.
Duke Assistant and former player Jon Scheyer succeeds Coach K as the Duke’s 20th head coach starting in the 2022-23 season. He played for the Blue Devils from 2006-10 and served as the curtain for the 2010 championship. Scheyer joined Krzyzewski’s staff eight years ago and has been the program’s associate head coach since 2018.
Krzyzewski also coached the U.S. men’s national team to three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016) and two FIBA World Championships (2010, 2014). He went 24-0 in the Olympics and 88-1 overall as the coach of the national team. Prior to that, he was the assistant coach on the gold medal-winning Dream Team in 1992.
Before joining Duke, Krzyzewski played point guard for the Army under coach Bob Knight from 1966-69 and served as curtain in his final season. He graduated from West Point and served as an officer in the U.S. Army for six years before starting his coaching career. Krzyzewski worked as an assistant under the Knight in Indiana for one season before taking over as head coach of the Army in 1975. He led the then cadets to a record 73-59 (.553) over five seasons with a NIT birth and first-round finish. in 1978.
After Bill Foster left Duke for South Carolina after three straight NCAA tournaments, Krzyzewski was hired to lead the Blue Devils. It started roughly with a 28-47 record, a NIT berth and two campaigns without post-season competition in the first three years. Many Duke boosters demanded his expulsion, but Krzyzewski’s job was saved by then-athletic instructor Tom Butters.
Coach K soon turned Duke around and reached his first Final Four within three years of this decision as part of the stretch of 11 straight NCAA tournaments, including two national titles (1991-92), three second places and seven overall Final Four quays.
Coach K was forced to leave the bench in the 1994-95 season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken disc in his back, with Duke eventually failing to reach the NCAA Tournament after assistant Pete Gaudet took over the rest of season. However, the Blue Devils were back in Big Dance the following year, set off their series of 24 straight pearances, which included three more national titles (2001, 2010, 2015).
Duke’s had 71 players drawn out under Krzyzewski, including three No. 1 overall picks in Zion Williamson (2019), Kyrie Irving (2011) and Elton Brand (1999). A total of 23 Duke players have been top 10 picks in the NBA Draft during Krzyzewski’s Duke period, and his 28 NBA lottery picks are the most in history. Only Kentucky began the 2020-21 NBA season with more former players in NBA positions (32) than Duke (29). The Wildcats and Blue Devils were the only college programs with more than 20 former players on opening day lists this season.
The news of his impending retirement comes two months after legendary North Carolina coach Roy Williams, 70, announced he was stepping down after 48 years in coaching. Williams and Krzyzewski’s departure from college basketball leaves the sport without two of its pillars over the past half century.
Krzyzewski’s pending retirement will be discussed at a press conference on Thursday at 10.30 ET.
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