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Duke’s Krzyzewski: The best all-time

Mike Krzyzewski made history last Tuesday night when he became the all-time winningest coach in men’s basketball for NCAA Division 1. Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils defeated the Michigan State Spartans 74-69 in a fitting setting – the court of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Krzyzewski surpassed legendary coach Bobby Knight, who was in attendance as part of the ESPN broadcast team; Knight was Krzyzewski’s coach at Army and Krzyzewski served as the assistant coach under Knight at Indiana University. Many of Krzyzweski’s former players were in attendance for this momentous occasion, as was his wife of 42 years, Carol.

Krzyzewski was the captain of his senior team in 1968-1969, leading them to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). His coaching career began at Indiana University in 1974. The following year he became the head coach at Army, a position he would hold for five years while compiling a 73-59 record.

On March 18, 1980, the Duke Blue Devils hired Krzyzewski to be their head coach. Coach K has been there ever since, and his tenure has been nothing short of amazing. He has compiled a record of 830-225, led his team to 27 NCAA Tournaments and has won four NCAA Championships. In 2001, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach K has also been on the sidelines as a coach for the USA in the Olympics.

Off the court, Coach K has been involved in many charitable activities. He opened the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a center named after his mother, and he has helped the Duke Children’s Hospital and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

According to their website, the mission of the Emily Krzyzweski Center “is to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, act with character and purpose, strive for academic excellence, and reach their highest potential as future citizen leaders.”

The Good in Sports congratulates Mike Krzyzewski on his 903rd win and is proud to present him with our coveted Gold Star for his work on the court and off.

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I am a native of Illinois, but have lived all over. Since high school, I have lived in Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, Kansas and Ohio. At the moment I am back in Illinois but hope a move back to Florida is in my near future. The first thing people think is I am a Cubs fan and a Bears fan. That’s not true. My dad’s family was born and raised in Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) and I was raised to be a fan of the Pirates and Steelers. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2002 with a BA degree. I majored in Radio and Television Operations and minored in Lodging Management. At this point of my life, I am following my dream of having a career in sports and love working with Joe and the team at The Good in Sports. The mission of the website and vision is second-to-none and allows us to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s important to me. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, I make it to Pittsburgh once a year to watch baseball at “The Best Ballpark in America” (PNC Park). I also enjoy trips to Panama City Beach for relaxation. I have a terrific family who always supports me in my endeavors. You can find me on Twitter, @TGIS_Sam.

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