As head coach of the Duke Blue Devils for over 30 years, Basketball Hall of Famer coach Mike Krzyzewski has made a career of motivating people both on and off the court. Affectionately known as "Coach K," Krzyzewski coached both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. men's national teams to back-to- back gold medals in the Olympics. During his tenure as the head coach of Team USA, Coach K amassed an astounding 62-1 and returned U.S. men’s basketball to dominance on the world stage.
During his tenure at Duke, Coach K has led his team to 4 NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 13
Atlantic Coast Conference championships and an NCAA-record 12 30-win seasons. Coach K has amassed an NCAA-record 79 tournament victories while averaging more than 25 wins per season. On November 15, 2011, Krzyzewski led Duke to a 74–69 victory over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden to become the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. Krzyzewski's 903rd victory surpassed the previous record of 902, held by his former coach, Bob Knight.
Prior to coaching at Duke, Coach K spent five years building the men's basketball program at his alma mater, West Point. On November 17, 2000, he earned his 500th win at Duke with a triumph over Villanova. That night, the fabled floor of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium was dedicated as Coach K Court.
These accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In all, Coach K has been named National Coach of the Year 12 times in 8 different seasons. He was named Coach of the Decade for the 1990s by the NABC and was the second recipient of the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. In
2001, Coach K was one of three members inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame, with the presentation made by his college coach Bob Knight.
Krzyzewski received another prestigious honor in 2001, being named "America's Best Coach"—all coaches, any sport, any level of play—by TIME magazine and CNN. "No college hoops coach has won more in the past two decades," wrote Josh Tyrangiel of TIME "and Krzyzewski has accomplished all this with a program that turns out real-deal scholar athletes-kids who go to class, graduate and don't mind telling everyone about it."
In 2011, Sports Illustrated named Krzyzewski its Sportsman of the Year. In 2009, Sporting News also named Krzyzewski one of the 50 greatest coaches in any sport of all time.
Krzyzewski also has an impressive resume as a best-selling author including Leading with the Heart which reached The New York Times best seller list in 2000. His two most recent books Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success, released in 2006, and THE GOLD STANDARD; Building a World-Class Team, released in 2009, were co-authored by his youngest daughter, Jamie Spatola.