2017 Honoree Mike Krzyzewski

 

As the only men’s basketball coach in United States Olympic history to lead teams to gold medals in three Olympic Games and the owner of more wins than any coach in NCAA history, Mike Krzyzewski is America’s Coach. 

Coach K began a 38-year tenure as a member of the USA Basketball coaching staff in 1979.  He has served on 22 USA staffs for an overall 139-7 record, winning 11 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. 

In 2005, at the request of then USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, Krzyzewski agreed to accept the position of head coach for the Men’s National Team. Since then, the USA men have an incredible 60-1 record in official FIBA or FIBA Americas competition, highlighted by gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2012 London Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

USA teams guided by Krzyzewski created the Gold Standard in men’s international basketball competition as he concluded his National Team coaching career with a 76-game win streak.  Coach K - inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Founding Class in 2006 - and Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba are the only two men to coach USA teams in three Olympic Games. 

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Krzyzewski was named head coach at West Point in 1975 and after five seasons, left to carry on his remarkable career at Duke University. In 42 seasons at Duke and Army, Coach K has compiled an NCAA record 1,071 wins and just 330 losses. 

Duke has captured five national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015) under Krzyzewski with 12 Final Four appearances, tied for the most with Hall of Fame coach John Wooden of UCLA.  Coach K's 91 wins in NCAA Tournament games at Duke are the most all-time, and he has earned national coach of the year honors 12 times.