Duke Men's Basketball Coach Michael Krzyzewski reflects on his time as coach for the U.S. Olympic team and the Blue Devils squad.
Coach K discusses his team-building efforts in the Duke community and questions how teamwork can extend beyond the basketball court.
Michael William "Mike" Krzyzewski is currently the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team, he also coached the United States men's national basketball team at the 2006 world championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics, culminating with the gold medal at the Olympics.
Nicknamed "Coach K," Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to 3 NCAA Championships, 10 Final Fours (third most in history), and 11 ACC Championships over 28 seasons at Duke. Currently the winningest active men's NCAA Division I coach, Krzyzewski has amassed an NCAA-record 69 NCAA tournament victories, while averaging more than 25 wins per season.
He has also coached an NCAA-record nine 30-win seasons in his tenure. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following the 2001 season.
Coach K is one of the first at an uber-competitive basketball program in the country to refuse any players aiming to turn pro after just 1 year of college. Not that doing so is a bad thing for every player, but multiple years on a team like Duke with a teacher like Coach K is a great thing for most.