In a time when cheating is rampant in college sports with what seems like scandal’s breaking every other week, ranging from illegal recruiting to child molestation, one man has done it the right way. Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest Coach in men’s college basketball has his own true North, he’s driven, dedicated, and encompasses all that is good in college sports.
Under Krzyzewski’s tenure, Duke University has never been cited for a major NCAA violation. His leadership has spawned a following of loyal fans and players whose lives have been shaped during the transition from college kids to responsible adults who understand the meaning of giving back to their communities. During his tenure at Duke, all the students who have played for him for four seasons, there have only been two who have failed to graduate on time. No other NCAA Division I college basketball team can make that claim.
Krzyzewski has coached several USA men’s national teams, winning a silver medal at the 1987 World University Games, a bronze medal at the 1990 Fiba World Championship, a silver medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship , and gold medals at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was also an assistant coach to the USA teams that won gold medals at the 1984 and 1992 Olympics as well as the 1979 Pan American Games Team and 1992 Tournament of the Americas.
Then,in 2005, he was appointed coach of the National team through the Beijing Olympics. In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the USA won the bronze medal after losing in the semifinals to Greece and then beating defending Olympic gold medalist Argentina for third place. On August 24, 2008, Krzyzewski’s U.S. team won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. “The Redeem Team” finished the tournament with a perfect 8–0 record. He coached the U.S. team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and led Team USA to an 8-0 record, defeating Turkey in the gold medal game, 81–64. Krzyzewski has a total record of 35–1 (.972) as head coach of the USA National Team through the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The team has captured three golds, the FIBA Americas Championship in 2007, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship and one bronze in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. His teams have never lost in pool play. All this while hanging four National Championship banners inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With all his accomplishments inside of basketball, his reach goes well beyond sport and the boundaries of North Carolina. His involvement in cancer research with the Jimmy V Foundation has helped to raise millions. His charitable activities have included the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a community center in Durham named after his mother, as well as the Duke Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Mickie are also very active in community campaigns against drug abuse and drunk driving, while also serving as co-chairs of the Duke Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
While the fans and players alike have remained loyal to Krzyzewski, he has remained loyal to Duke, turning down multiple offers to leave for the NBA. He has been romanced by the NBA’s most storied and hallowed names, the Boston Celtic’s and the Los Angeles Lakers among others, yet the Coach who has a court, and a grassy area outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium named after him has remained loyal to Duke. How lucky are we as Blue Devil fans to have such a Coach leading our team.
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