Congratulations to Coach K who now becomes Coach 1K after recording his 1,000th collegiate coaching victory.
When Duke University defeated St. John's University Sunday in New York, it marked the 1,000th career victory for Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski. In addition to his historic collegiate accomplishments, Krzyzewski has also been instrumental in the success of USA Basketball for more than five decades.
“I couldn’t be happier for Coach than I am today," said USA Basketball chairman and USA National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo. "If there was one who was going to accomplish this incredible milestone, there’s no one better qualified or who has earned it more so than Coach K. I hope he enjoys this milestone.
“He has great tenacity," added Colangelo on why he believes Krzyzewski has been so successful. "He’s 67 and hasn’t lost any of his enthusiasm and zeal for recruiting or for coaching. He loves his job. He’s perfected it to such a degree that it sets him apart.”
Check out this photo gallery of Coach K through the years with USA Basketball, from his involvement as an assistant on the 1979 Pan American Games squad to the 2014 Men's World Cup Team.
Involved in USA Basketball since 1979 as a head and assistant coach, Coach K has amassed a stellar overall record of 125-7 and helped teams win 10 gold medals, 2 silver medals and two bronze medals. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
No coach in USA Basketball history has coached USA teams to as many gold medals as Coach Krzyzewski. In 14 competitions as a member of a USA coaching staff, those teams have compiled 10 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. (Photo: Garrett Ellwood)
Coach K's gold medal in 2012 marked his fourth Olympic gold medal. He won one as a special assistant with the 1984 team, one as an assistant coach with the famed 1992 Dream Team, and two as head coach of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Teams. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
The United States edged Spain in the gold medal game to take the 2012 Olympic title. It was Coach K's second gold medal showing in the Olympics as the USA's head coach. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
Coach K's first involvement with USA Basketball came in 1979 when he served as one of Bobby Knight's assistant coaches. The USA finished 9-0 to win the Pan American Games gold medal. Players on that victorious team included Isiah Thomas, Ralph Sampson, Kyle Macy, Kevin McHale. Michael Brooks and Mike Woodsen.
Coach Krzyzewski's first USA head coaching assignment came in 1983 when he led the U.S. Olympic Festival South Team to a gold medal. Notable players on his golden South team included Steve Alford, Buck Johnson, Ricky Winslow, Kenny Green, Steve Mitchell and Kenny Walker. (Photo: Steven Maikoski)
Head coach of the 1987 USA World University Games Team that featured collegians like Mitch Richmond, Danny Ferry, Sean Elliott, B.J. Armstrong and others, Coach K led the American squad to a 7-1 record and the silver medal in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
Featuring a team of top collegians that included Billy Owens, Kenny Anderson, Alonzo Mourning, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and others, the 1990 USA Goodwill Games Team under Krzyzewski captured a silver medal despite facing national teams comprised of their country's top professional players.
The first of Coach K's four head coaching assignments for the USA at a FIBA World Championship came in 1990 when his USA squad claimed a bronze medal in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after finishing with a 6-2 record.
Named an assistant coach for the historic 1992 Dream Team, Coach K and the USA team earned a pair of gold medals in the summer of 1992, winning the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament then the Barcelona Olympics. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein)
Serving as head coach of the 2006 USA World Championship Team, this was the USA's first team under its new National Team program. Falling to Greece in the semifinals, that is currently the last loss suffered by a Krzyzewski coached USA National Team as the Americans have a current winning streak of 63 games. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
The 2007 USA National Team under Coach K steamrolled its opposition en route to finishing the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament 10-0 to capture gold and qualify the USA for the 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein)
Under Coach Krzyzewski, the USA's "Redemption Team" finished 8-0 to recapture Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo: Nathaniel S. Butler)
The 2008 U.S. Olympic coaching staff took time for a group photo in their official U.S. Olympic garb just prior to participating in the 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
Only athletes receive an official gold medal at the Olympics and after receiving their's in 2008, the U.S. Team placed their gold medals around Coach K's neck in recognition of the team effort in capturing gold. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
For the first time since 1994 the United States in 2010 claimed the FIBA World Championship title. Under Krzyzewski, the USA squad was dominate in posting a 9-0 record and winning gold in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
For a second consecutive Olympics, Coach K led the USA to gold and a perfect 8-0 record at the 2012 London Olympics. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
For the first time in the event's history the USA, with Coach K at the helm, repeated as world champion, winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup by an average of 33.0 points a game. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
The 2014 USA National Team toured and trained for a day at West Point during its lead-up to playing in the FIBA World Cup. It was a homecoming for Coach K who attended and played basketball at the U.S. Military Academy and returned as head basketball coach for five seasons (1975-76 through 1979-80) and compiled a record of 73-59. (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
After winning gold in impressive fashion at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Coach K posed with two of his former Duke players – Kyrie Irving (left) and Mason Plumlee (right). (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant)
Shortly after leading the United States to an 81-64 victory over Turkey to win the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Coach K got his turn to help cut down the net. (Photo: Garrett Ellwood)
A driving force in the USA Basketball National Team's Hoops for Troops program, Coach K signed autographs for U.S. Military following the USA Team's 2006 training session at a U.S. Military base in South Korea. (Photo: Noah Graham)
USA National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo (left), then USA Basketball President Val Ackerman (right of Krzyzewski) and legendary 1992 Olympic Team head coach Chuck Daly (far right) pose for a photo with a USA jersey after Coach K was announced on October 26, 2005, as head coach of the 2006-08 USA National Team. (Photo: Terrence Vaccarro)
Named an assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials and a special assistant for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team that compiled a spotless 8-0 record to win gold, Coach K posed with Hall of Fame coach and 1984 U.S. Olympic head coach Bobby Knight.
Coach Krzyzewski and USA National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo pose with the 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament gold medal. Together the duo helped resurrect the USA Basketball Men's National Team program and since taking charge in 2006, USA teams have compiled an overall win-loss record of 75-1, and won two Olympic golds and a pair of FIBA World Cup gold medals.
After coaching the United States squad to gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Coach K acknowledges the supportive fans who helped cheer the U.S. to the gold medal game victory. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
It takes a team to win a gold medal and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team celebrated its gold medal finish as one. (Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood)
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