Prior to Duke
Coach K’s disciplined, mentally tough teams can be seen as an extension of his own upbringing. Krzyzewski went to West Point and enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy to receive a quality education, play basketball and become an officer in the Army.
From 1969-74, Krzyzewski served his country, directing service teams for three years and serving a two-year stint as head coach at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Belvoir, Va. In 1974, he resigned from the Army having attained the rank of Captain.
When Coach K was just 26, Knight, his former coach at Army, offered him a graduate assistantship at Indiana University. That 1975 squad posted an 18-0 mark in the Big Ten and a 31-1 overall record.
It does not take long for a conversation about the highest levels of success in the basketball world to turn to the name Krzyzewski. In 37 seasons at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski – a Naismith Hall of Fame coach, five-time national champion and 12-time Final Four participant – has built a dynasty that few programs in the history of the game can match.
No coach in Division I men’s basketball history has won more games than Coach K’s 1,071.
Krzyzewski will enter the 2017-18 season with a 1,071-330 record in 42 years as a head coach, including a 998-271 mark in 37 seasons at Duke. The numbers that illustrate Coach K’s career are simply staggering:
• Five national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015)
• Six gold medals as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team
• Six National Defensive Players of the Year (nine honors)
• Seven National Players of the Year (nine honors)
• 10 consecutive top-10 AP poll finishes (1997-06)
• 12 National Coach of the Year honors (eight seasons)
• 12 Final Four appearances (tied for most in NCAA history)
• 12 ACC regular season championships
• 14 ACC Tournament championships (most in league history)
• 23 NBA Lottery picks (most in draft history)
• 31 All-America selections (45 honors)
• 33 NCAA Tournament bids (most ever by one coach)
• 57 NBA Draft selections, including 35 first-round picks
• 61 ACC Tournament wins (most in league history)
• 91 NCAA Tournament wins (most in NCAA history)
• 111 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP poll (most by a coach in poll history)
• 460 ACC wins (most in league history)
• 498 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll (most by a coach in poll history)
• 581 weeks ranked in the AP poll (most by a coach in poll history)
• 998 victories at Duke (most in NCAA history at one school)
• 1,071 career wins (most in NCAA history)
Focus on the Classroom
The term “student-athlete” is not one that is taken for granted in Coach K’s Duke program. Krzyzewski’s charges have combined to earn All-ACC Academic Team honors 69 times during his tenure, including at least one in each of the last 23 seasons.
Under Coach K’s watch, Duke has produced multiple All-ACC Academic selections in 10 consecutive years. The 2015 NCAA championship featured a program-high five All-ACC Academic honorees. Three-time captain Amile Jefferson became the only player in Duke history to earn All-ACC Academic honors four times and departed the university in 2017 with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Fittingly, Coach K has earned nearly every award imaginable. The crown jewel of that haul, however, came in 2001 when he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Since his enshrinement in Springfield, Mass., Krzyzewski has also been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame (2011).
Long known for his patriotism, Krzyzewski has received several awards in recognition of his service to the United States.
In 2005, he became the youngest recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award at the United States Military Academy. He was also the recipient of the Marshall Medal in 2014, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army. The Marshall Medal is awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America.