Michael William Krzyzewski (/ʃɪˈʒɛfski/ shih-ZHEF-skee; nicknamed "Coach K"; born February 13, 1947) is an American college basketball coach and former player. Since 1980, he has served as the head men's basketball coach at Duke University, where he has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA Championships, 12 Final Fours, 12 ACC regular season titles, and 15 ACC Tournament championships. Among men's college basketball coaches, only UCLA's John Wooden has won more NCAA Championships with a total of 10. Krzyzewski has the most wins of any coach in college basketball history.
Krzyzewski has also coached the United States men's national basketball team, which he has led to three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics, and 2016 Summer Olympics. He served as the head coach of the American team that won gold medals at the 2010 and the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He was also an assistant coach for the 1992 "Dream Team".
Krzyzewski was a point guard at Army from 1966 to 1969 under coach Bob Knight. From 1975 to 1980, he was the head basketball coach for his alma mater. He is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2001 for his individual coaching career and in 2010 as part of the collective induction of the "Dream Team". He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009 (with the "Dream Team").
On November 15, 2011, Krzyzewski led Duke to a 74–69 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden to become the coach with the most wins in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. Krzyzewski's 903rd victory set a new record, breaking that held by his former coach, Bob Knight. On January 25, 2015, Duke defeated St. John's, 77–68, again at Madison Square Garden, as Krzyzewski became the first Division I men's basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins.
Krzyzewski Speaking at West Point in 2011
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Annual salary||$7.04 million|
|Born||February 13, 1947|
|Position(s)||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||97–30 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2001 (profile)
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Raised as a Catholic, Krzyzewski attended St. Helen Catholic School in Ukrainian Village, Chicago and, later, Archbishop Weber High School in Chicago, a Catholic prep school for boys. 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 United States Army. 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, where West Point finished fourth in the tournament.
He was discharged from active duty in 1974 with the rank of captain, and started his coaching career as an assistant on Knight's staff with the Indiana Hoosiers during their historic 1974–75 season. After one year with Indiana, Krzyzewski returned to West Point as head coach of the Army Cadets. He led the Cadets to a 73–59 record and one NIT berth in five seasons.
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 35 NCAA Tournament berths in the past 36 years and 24 consecutive from 1996 to 2019, which is the second-longest current streak of tournament appearances behind Kansas, which has appeared in the tournament in 30 consecutive seasons. Overall, he has taken his program to postseason play in 36 of his 39 years at Duke and is the most winning active coach in men's NCAA Tournament play with a 94–29 record for a .764 winning percentage. His Duke teams have won 15 ACC Championships, been to 12 Final Fours, and won five NCAA tournament National Championships.
On February 13, 2010, Krzyzewski coached in his 1,000th game as the Duke head coach. On March 20, 2011, Krzyzewski won his 900th game, becoming the second of three Division I men's basketball coaches to reach 900 basketball wins, the other two being Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and his head coach at Army, Bob Knight. On November 15, 2011, Krzyzewski got his 903rd win passing Knight's record for most Division I wins. In an interview of both men on ESPN the previous night, Krzyzewski discussed the leadership skills he learned from Knight and the United States Military Academy. Knight credited Krzyzewski's understanding of himself and his players as keys to his success over the years.
On March 20, 2011, Krzyzewski won his 900th game with the Duke Blue Devils, making him the second head coach to win 900 games with one NCAA Division I men's basketball program.
On April 6, 2015, Krzyzewski won his 5th NCAA championship, when Duke defeated Wisconsin in the title game.
Winning against Yale in the 2016 NCAA tournament on March 19, Krzyzewski became the all-time winningest coach in the NCAA Division I tournament with 90 total wins.
On November 11, 2017, Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game with the Duke Blue Devils, making him the first head coach to win 1,000 games with one NCAA Division I men's basketball program.[n 1]
On February 16, 2019, Krzyzewski won his 1,123rd game to become the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history at any level (men's or women's), passing Harry Statham of Division II McKendree University.
Krzyzewski has won three consecutive gold medals in the Olympics among several appearances as head coach of the USA men's national team. His other results include 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 the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
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. He coached the U.S. team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and led Team USA to a perfect 9–0 record, defeating host Turkey in the gold medal game, 81–64. His team won a second Olympic gold in London, defeating runners-up Spain, 107–100. Krzyzewski has amassed a total record of 75–1 (.987) as head coach of the USA National Team.
During his long tenure at Duke, Krzyzewski has been given the opportunity to coach in the NBA at least five 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. In 2011, Krzyzewski was offered the vacant coaching position for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he again declined the offer and chose to stay at Duke.
Krzyzewski married his wife, Carol "Mickie" Marsh, in the Catholic chapel at West Point on the day of his graduation in 1969. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
Krzyzewski and his family founded the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a non-profit organization in Durham, which was established in 2006 and named in honor of Krzyzewski's mother. The mission is to inspire students from kindergarten to high school to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in their community. The Center's K to College Model serves academically focused students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college, and break the cycle of poverty in their families. Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, have also been active for years in fundraising and support for the Duke Children's Hospital, Children's Miracle Network, the V Foundation for Cancer Research. In all of those entities they have both served as chairs and/or led major fundraising efforts. In addition, the Krzyzewskis have been major donors to Duke University in supporting a number of areas, including establishing scholarship endowments for students in North and South Carolina as well as a Duke student-athlete every year. He also serves on the board of advisors of the Code of Support Foundation, a nonprofit military services organization.
In 2012, Krzyzewski received the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award honoring his civic service and charitable efforts in making a significant positive impact on society.
|Army Cadets (NCAA Division I independent) (1975–1980)|
|1977–78||Army||19–9||NIT First Round|
|Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1980–present)|
|1983–84||Duke||24–10||7–7||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|1984–85||Duke||23–8||8–6||T–4th||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|1985–86||Duke||37–3||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I Runner-up|
|1986–87||Duke||24–9||9–5||3rd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1987–88||Duke||28–7||9–5||3rd||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|1988–89||Duke||28–8||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|1989–90||Duke||29–9||9–5||2nd||NCAA Division I Runner-up|
|1990–91||Duke||32–7||11–3||1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|1991–92||Duke||34–2||14–2||1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|1992–93||Duke||24–8||10–6||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|1993–94||Duke||28–6||12–4||1st||NCAA Division I Runner-up|
|1994–95||Duke||9–3[n 2]||0–1[n 2]||[n 2]|
|1995–96||Duke||18–13||8–8||T–4th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1996–97||Duke||24–9||12–4||1st||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|1997–98||Duke||32–4||15–1||1st||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|1998–99||Duke||37–2||16–0||1st||NCAA Division I Runner-up|
|1999–2000||Duke||29–5||15–1||1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2000–01||Duke||35–4||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2001–02||Duke||31–4||13–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2002–03||Duke||26–7||11–5||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2003–04||Duke||31–6||13–3||1st||NCAA Division I Final Four|
|2004–05||Duke||27–6||11–5||3rd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2005–06||Duke||32–4||14–2||1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2006–07||Duke||22–11||8–8||6th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2007–08||Duke||28–6||13–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2008–09||Duke||30–7||11–5||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2009–10||Duke||35–5||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2010–11||Duke||32–5||13–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2011–12||Duke||27–7||13–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2012–13||Duke||30–6||14–4||2nd||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|2013–14||Duke||26–9||13–5||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2014–15||Duke||35–4||15–3||2nd||NCAA Division I Champion|
|2015–16||Duke||25–11||11–7||T–5th||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2016–17||Duke||28–9||11–7||T–5th||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2017–18||Duke||29–8||13–5||2nd||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|2018–19||Duke||32–6||14–4||3rd||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|Duke:||1,059–285 (.788)||426–175 (.709)|
Postseason invitational champion
The 1981–82 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The team's head coach was Mike Krzyzewski and the team finished the season with an overall record of 10–17 and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.1982–83 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1982-83 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski and the team finished the season with an overall record of 11-17 and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.1983–84 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1983-84 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski and the team finished the season with an overall record of 24-10.1986–87 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1986–87 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski and the team finished the season with an overall record of 24–9.1988–89 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1988–89 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.1989–90 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1989–90 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.1994–95 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1994–95 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University in the 1994-95 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The season lives in Duke Blue Devil infamy, as head coach Mike Krzyzewski, was forced to leave the team after twelve games while seeking treatment for an injured back and exhaustion.
Assistant Pete Gaudet would finish the rest of the Blue Devils' disappointing season with an overall record of 13–18, marking the first time since the 1982–83 season that they failed to finish above .500, won fewer than twenty games, and missed the NCAA tournament. The eighteen losses still stand as the most ever in a single season by a Duke team. This is also the last time Duke has failed to make a tournament of any kind as of 2019.1996–97 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1996–97 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.1997–98 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1997–98 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.1999–2000 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 1999–2000 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.2001–02 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 2001–02 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski. The team played its home games in the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.2002–03 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 2002–03 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University in the 2002–03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski and the team finished the season with an overall record of 26–7.2003–04 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 2003–04 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The head coach was Mike Krzyzewski, who served for his 24th year at Duke. The team played its home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.2019–20 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
The 2019–20 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are coached by 40th-year head coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils play their home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year
The Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year is a basketball award given to head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The award is granted to the head coach voted to be the most successful that season by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, and since the 2012–13 season has also been awarded in separate voting by the league's coaches. The award was first given following the 1953–54 season, the first year of the conference's existence, to Everett Case of NC State. The first winner of the coaches' award was Jim Larrañaga of Miami (FL)a in 2013.Dean Smith of North Carolina has won the most awards with eight. Thirteen other coaches have won the award more than once. Five former ACC Coaches of the Year have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches; Mike Krzyzewski (inducted 2001) of Duke and Roy Williams (inducted 2007) of North Carolina are the only two active coaches who are already members.
Fourteen coaches have won the award in the same season that they have also won a National Coach of the Year award; of those, only Krzyzewski and Smith have achieved the feat three times. Four coaches have won during the same season that they have coached a team that won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship: Frank McGuire, Norm Sloan, Dean Smith, and Gary Williams. North Carolina has the most ACC Coach of the Year awards with 12, while its in-state rival, Duke, is second with 10. Frank McGuire is the only head coach to win the award at two different schools (North Carolina and South Carolina). Each of the original 1953 ACC members have had at least one of their coaches win the award. Among schools that joined the ACC before 2013, Boston College is the only one that has never had a winning coach. Thirty-one different coaches from twelve schools have received the award.Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program, and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all-time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980.List of Duke Blue Devils men's basketball head coaches
The following is a list of Duke Blue Devils men's basketball head coaches. The Blue Devils have had 20 coaches in their 110-season history. The team is currently coached by Mike Krzyzewski.
*Denotes interim head coachList of Duke Blue Devils men's basketball seasons
This is a list of the seasons completed by the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball.Pete Gaudet
Pete Gaudet is an American college basketball coach. He played varsity basketball for Iona Prep in 1959 and 1960 before going to Boston University, where he graduated in 1966.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski at Army. When Krzyzewski left for Duke in 1980, Gaudet was named his successor as head coach.
Men's basketball head coaches of the Atlantic Coast Conference