Making his first appearance on the USA Basketball sidelines in 1979, Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career as U.S. coach spanned 38 years.
Mike Krzyzewski is the only men's coach to have won gold at the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup, while also capturing an NCAA Championship.
Mike Krzyzewski was selected as USA Basketball’s National Coach of the Year a record seven times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).
With Mike Krzyzewski as the USA Basketball Men’s National Team head coach from 2005 through 2016, USA teams compiled a 60-1 record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions and a 28-0 exhibition record.
Mike Krzyzewski has been a member of 21 USA Basketball coaching staffs, and teams with Coach K on the bench have compiled a 139-7 overall mark for an amazing 95.2 winning percentage.
In the 15 international competitions Mike Krzyzewski has been involved in as a USA head or assistant coach, those teams have captured 11 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.
Mike Krzyzewski (second row, second from left) got his USA coaching start in 1979 as an assistant to USA head coach Bobby Knight with the USA Pan American Games Team that finished 9-0 and in possession of the gold medal.
In 1983, Mike Krzyzewski (second row, left) was head coach of the U.S. Olympic Festival South squad that won the gold medal with a 3-1 record.
Mike Krzyzewski served as an assistant coach at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was a special assistant with the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team that won gold and finished 8-0.
Mike Krzyzewski (second row, left) was head coach of the 1987 USA World University Games Team, and his crew finished 7-1 to claim the silver medal.
Mike Krzyzewski (front row, left) was head coach in 1990 of the USA Goodwill Games Team (pictured) and FIBA World Cup teams, which were comprised of collegiate players. Coach K led the USA to a 3-2 record and a silver medal in the Goodwill Games and to a 6-2 record and a bronze medal at the Worlds.
Mike Krzyzewski (second from left) was named an assistant coach for Hall of Famer Chuck Daly's (second from right) historic 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 6-0 in the Tournament of the Americas, which servedas the Americas zone Olympic qualifer, and less than a month later, rolled to an 8-0 record and captured Olympic gold in Barcelona, Spain. The staff was rounded out by P.J. Carlesimo (left) and Lenny Wilkens (right).
Mike Krzyzewski has been extensively involved in USA Basketball's selection committees. He was a member of USA Basketball's 1989-92 Games Committee for Men, the 1989-92 Men's Olympic Team Subset and the 1989-92 Men's National Team Subset. He served as chairman of the 1993-96 USA Basketball Select Team Committee and was part of the 1997-2000 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Committee.
During the three-year period between 2006 and 2008, when Mike Krzyzewski first took charge of the USA Basketball Men's National Team, his squads compiled a striking 36-1 overall record and, just as importantly, reestablished the USA team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
In the USA Men’s National Team’s first year with Mike Krzyzewski as head coach, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan.
Under Mike Krzyzewski’s (pictured above with Kobe Bryant) guidance, the USA won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record, which qualified the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Mike Krzyzewski and his USA squad culminated the 2005-2008 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 and reclaiming Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It represented the USA's first gold medal in a major international competition since 2000.
Without any 2008 Olympians on the U.S. roster and featuring six players under the age of 22, Mike Krzyzewski led the U.S. to a perfect 9-0 record at the 2010 FIBA World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey.
It was a remarkable year for Mike Krzyzewski in 2009-10. He directed Duke to a fourth NCAA National Championship in the spring of 2010, then in the summer of 2010 led the USA to its first FIBA World Cup gold medal since 1994.
Compiling an 8-0 record and winning a second-consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Mike Krzyzewski’s U.S. team averaged a 32.1-point margin of victory. The squad also scored an average of 115.5 points per game, which is second only to the 1992 Dream Team in U.S. men’s Olympic history.
The 2014 USA World Cup Team was the youngest USA World Cup team ever using NBA players and the youngest team since collegians were used in 1990. Still, Mike Krzyzewski led the USA to a gold medal and a perfect 9-0 record in Turkey.
Mike Krzyzewski led the U.S. to the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup titles, marking the first time the United States had ever earned consecutive World titles.
Under Mike Krzyzewski’s leadership, the USA men’ finished the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero with an 8-0 record to claim the gold medal. Krzyzewski became only the basketball coach to lead a nation to three-straight Olympic gold medals.
Mike Krzyzewski concluded his USA National team coaching career with a 76-game win streak that included 53-straight wins in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions and 23-consecutive exhibition victories. The streak began with the bronze medal game of the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan of Sept. 2, 2006 and stretched through the gold medal game at the 2016 Olympics.
Photo Vault: Mike Krzyzewski
2019 USA Men's World Cup Team Versus Czech Republic Photo Gallery (9/1/19)