Mike Krzyzewski is the head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team and the winningest head coach in Division I men's basketball history. He has guided the Blue Devils to four NCAA national championships (in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010) and 11 trips to the NCAA Final Four. Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001, he has been named as the Naismith College Coach of the Year three times while leading Duke to 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular-season championships and 13 ACC tournament titles. In 2011, he passed his mentor Bob Knight to become the all-time wins leader among Division I men's basketball coaches. As head coach of the United States senior national basketball team from 2006 to 2011, Krzyzewski led the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1947, Mike Krzyzewski was a multi-sport athlete at Archbishop Weber High School in Chicago who earned acceptance into the United States Military Academy at West Point. He played basketball for coach Bob Knight while training to become an officer in the U.S. Army, and captained the team his senior season at West Point, when Army reached the 1969 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). During his service time in the U.S. Army following graduation from West Point, Krzyzewski directed a number of service teams and then served as head basketball coach at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Virginia. Resigning from the Army (at the rank of Captain) in 1974, he joined former coach Knight as a graduate assistant at Indiana University.
One year later, Krzyzewski was offered the head coaching position at his alma mater, and coached the Army basketball team for five seasons. The Cadets went 73-59 during his stint from 1975 to 1980, earning a berth in the post-season NIT in 1978. In 1980, he moved on to Duke University to become the head coach for the Durham, N.C. school. The Blue Devils reached the NIT quarterfinals in Krzyzewski's first season in Durham, but then endured losing records the following two years.
Kryzyzewski's 1983-84 team began Duke's resurgence as a power in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), one of the NCAA's strongest leagues. The Blue Devils finished third in the ACC, won 24 games overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The young nucleus of players from that year's team led Duke to an impressive 37-3 record two years later, when Duke advanced all the way to the 1986 NCAA title game before losing to Louisville. The Blue Devils returned to the Final Four in 1988, beginning a stretch of five straight seasons that Duke would advance that far in the postseason -- making Krzyzewski just the second coach (after UCLA's legendary John Wooden) to lead his team to the Final Four in five straight years. The 1988 and 1989 seasons ended with losses in the national semifinals, before Duke reached the title game in 1990 before a lopsided loss to UNLV. Krzyzewski and Duke gained revenge on UNLV the following year by defeating the Runnin' Rebels in the 1991 Final Four. Two nights later, Krzyzewski and Duke captured their first NCAA championship by defeating Kansas, 72-65, in Indianapolis.
Team leaders Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley returned for the 1991-92 season, when the Blue Devils won a second consecutive NCAA championship, becoming the first school to repeat since the UCLA dynasty in the early 1970s. Following that season, Krzyzewski was tipped as the Naismith College Coach of the Year for a second time and then served as an assistant coach for the United States' men's basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He was also named as the Sporting News' Sportsman of the Year for 1992.
With Duke firmly established as a national power in college basketball in the early 1990s, Krzyzewski began being courted by NBA teams in search of a new coach. The Chicago native chose to turn down interest from the Portland Trail Blazers in 1994, when Duke reached the Final Four for a seventh time under Krzyzewski but lost in the championship game to Arkansas. He underwent back surgery that caused him to miss most of the 1994-95 season, when Duke failed to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Krzyzewski returned to the helm for the following season, as Duke would begin another long run of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and ACC accomplishments. His 1998-99 team went undefeated in the ACC regular season, claimed the first of five straight ACC tournament titles and reached another Final Four, falling to the University of Connecticut in the national championship game. Krzyzewski was honored as the ACC Coach of the Year for a fourth time and the Naismith College Coach of the Year for the third time.
The 2000-01 season proved even more historic for Krzyzewski, beginning with an early victory over Villanova that marked his 500th win at Duke. The Blue Devils' home court at Cameron Indoor Stadium was renamed "Coach K Court" that night. Led by Shane Battier and Jason Williams, Duke went on to win another ACC tourney title -- with Krzyzewski's 600th overall win as a coach -- and the school's third NCAA crown by topping Arizona, 82-72, in the championship game. Later that year, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2001.
Duke reached a tenth NCAA Final Four during the Krzyzewski era in 2004, when the Blue Devils went 31-6 but lost by one point in the national semifinals to eventual champion UConn. Krzyzewski turned down another offer to become an NBA head coach that year, spurning the L.A. Lakers to return to Durham.
The decision led to more college coaching milestones for Krzyzewski, who claimed his 700th career coaching with a regular-season victory in December of 2004. Coach K's 10th ACC Tournament championship came in the 1,000th game of his coaching career, a 78-76 win over Boston College in March 2006, after which the Blue Devils would reach a second straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAAs.
That year, Krzyzewski was selected to begin a multi-year stint as head coach of the United States senior national basketball team. During his period at the program's helm, Krzyzewski has led the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
In 2008-09, Krzyzewski led Duke to the school's 10th 30-win season; the Blue Devils went 30-7, won the ACC tournament and again reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Returning a number of starters for the following season, Duke improved to 35-5 and captured the ACC regular-season and tournament championships on the way to the Final Four for an 11th time under Coach K. The Blue Devils capped the memorable season with wins over West Virginia and Butler for the school's fourth NCAA basketball championship, with Krzyzewski joining just two other coaches -- John Wooden and Adolph Rupp -- who have won four or more NCAA titles.
Duke won more than 30 games for a third straight season in 2010-11, when the Blue Devils reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Krzyzewski became the second coach in NCAA history to post 900 career wins (joining his mentor, Bob Knight) with a 73-71 win over Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The following season, Duke opened the season 3-0. The third win, on Nov. 15, 2011 against Michigan State, gave Krzyzewski 903 for his career, surpassing Knight as the winningest coach in Division I men's basketball history. He finished the regular season with 927 wins, and Duke entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed. However, they were upset by Lehigh in their first game, marking just the third time in his career that Krzyzewski had lost in the Round of 64.
Mike Krzyzewski Year-by-Year Coaching Record
|2010-11||Duke||32-5||13-3||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008-09||Duke||30-7||11-5||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2007-08||Duke||28-6||13-3||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2006-07||Duke||22-11||8-8||NCAA 1st Round|
|2005-06||Duke||32-4||14-2||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2004-05||Duke||27-6||11-5||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2003-04||Duke||31-6||13-3||NCAA Final Four|
|2002-03||Duke||26-7||11-5||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2001-02||Duke||31-4||13-3||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1999-00||Duke||29-5||15-1||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1997-98||Duke||32-4||15-1||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1996-97||Duke||24-9||12-4||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1995-96||Duke||18-13||8-8||NCAA 1st Round|
|1992-93||Duke||24-8||10-6||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1988-89||Duke||28-8||9-5||NCAA Final Four|
|1987-88||Duke||28-7||9-5||NCAA Final Four|
|1986-87||Duke||24-9||9-5||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1984-85||Duke||23-8||8-6||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1983-84||Duke||24-10||7-7||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1977-78||Army||19-9||N/A||NIT 1st Round|
Through 2011-12 regular season
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI QUICK FACTS
Birth date: Feb. 13, 1947
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Career as head coach: 1975-80, Army; 1980-Pres., Duke
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 28
Final Four Appearances:11
NCAA Championships: 4 (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
MOST WINS - DIVISION I MEN'S COACHES
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