Early Childhood and Schooling
Michael William Krzyzewski was born on February 13, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Emily M. and William Krzyzewski. Prior to attending Archbishop Weber High School, he attended St. Helen Catholic School. High school basketball star K choose to attend West Point Military Academy in New York. Under Bob Knight’s tutelage, he served as the senior captain of the Army basketball team.
Krzyzewski served in the U.S. Army for five years after graduating from college.
A Profession and a Record of Success
- Mike’s first coaching opportunity came in the 1974-75 season when he was asked to help Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers. He was hired as the Army Cadets’ head coach the following year, a position he held for five years.
- In 1980, Duke University hired Mike Krzyzewski as their head coach. During the following 39 years, the Blue Devils earned 35 invitations to the NCAA tournament, including 24 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2019. There is just one other team in history with as many playoff appearances as the Duke Blue Devils, and that is the Kansas Jayhawks.
- In 2011, Krzyzewski eclipsed the 903-win mark set by his former coach Bob Knight in Division 1. In 2019, Mike’s winning streak reached 1,123 games, putting him the all-time leader in NCAA men’s and women’s basketball winning streaks. College basketball teams led by Krzyzewski won 15 ACC championships, had 12 Final Four trips, and won five NCAA championships.
- Krzyzewski announced his decision to retire in 2021, at the end of the 2021–22 season. A 94-81 loss to North Carolina marked Krzyzewski’s last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2022.
- As a coach, Mike Krzyzewski has won five Olympic gold medals, two of which were as an assistant coach. On five occasions, he has guided teams to FIBA World Cup gold medals. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame are two of Mike’s many distinctions and accomplishments in the world of professional basketball.
After Coach K’s Pay was Revealed, the College Basketball World had an immediate Reaction.
After Coach K’s pay was revealed, the college basketball world had an immediate reaction.
In the 2022-2023 collegiate basketball season, Duke’s basketball team will look quite a bit different. It will also be in a better financial position now that Coach K is not being paid.
After a career littered with Final Four appearances, legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 season. During his 41-year tenure with the Blue Devils, Coach K won five national championships, 13 Final Fours, 15 ACC tournament crowns, and 13 ACC regular-season titles. In addition, he made a substantial sum of money as a result of his efforts.