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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