Mike Krzyzewski was named head men’s basketball coach at Duke University in 1980 and has compiled an unparalled record of success during his tenure.
“Coach K” came to Duke after starting his coaching career at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, from which he graduated in 1969. After five years as head coach at West Point, from 1975 to ’80, he came to Duke and has now won well over 1000 games—no Division I coach has won more games, including over 1000 of those at Duke itself after 75 at West Point.
He has also guided his Duke teams to five NCAA national championships, including 1992, 1993, 2001, 2005 and 2015. From 1988 to ’92, he has his teams in the Final Four for an amazing five consecutive years and he has won more Atlantic Coast Conference games than any coach in history. His teams at Duke have averaged almost 26 victories a season.
He has also made a tremendous mark internationally as the head coach of Team USA, coaching the team to gold medals in the 2008, ’12 and ’16 Olympics, with a 24-0 mark as Olympic team head coach.
Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and is also a member of the Army Sports Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame.
A Chicago native, he was born there in 1947.
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