Making his first appearance on a USA bench in 1979, Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Sha-shef-skee) manned the sidelines for the United States off and on for 38 years.
In that time, he did it all.
Beginning in 1979 he was a member of 21 USA coaching staffs, and teams with Coach K on the coaching staff compiled a 139-7 overall mark for an amazing 95.2 winning percentage. In the 15 international competitions 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.
Krzyzewski is the only men's coach to have won gold at the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup, while also possessing an NCAA Championship.
In 2016 he became only the basketball coach to lead a nation to three consecutive Olympic gold medals. He also 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.
His efforts were so noteworthy that he was selected USA Basketball’s National Coach of the Year a record seven times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo officially announced on May 23, 2013, that Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame mentor Krzyzewski would return in 2013-2016, marking a third consecutive quadrennium he served as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's National Team program.
“About four years ago I was asked about Coach K’s return and what I said then is still true now - when you have a good thing going you don’t mess with it,” said Colangelo. “He was and still is the right man to coach the USA National Team."
Since 2005 when Colangelo named Krzyzewski head coach and on through the 2016 Rio Olympics, the USA men compiled a remarkable 60-1 record in official FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, added a 28-0 mark in exhibition games and claimed gold medal finishes at the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup, 2012 London Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Cup, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
Krzyzewski led teams to remarkable success during the 2014-16 quadrennium.
The U.S. concluded Krzyzewski's USA Basketball coaching tenure by finishing 8-0 in Rio de Janeiro to claim a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. He did it with a U.S. team that featured just two returning Olympians and 10 others who were making their first Olympic appearance. Winning its eight Olympic games by 22.5 points a game, Krzyzewski concluded his USA National team coaching career riding a 76-game win streak that included 53 straight wins in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions and 23 consecutive victories in exhibition games. The streak dated back to the bronze medal game (Sept. 2, 2006) of the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan.
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, Coach K led the team to gold and a perfect 9-0 record.
The gold showing was historic in that it marked the first time the United States had ever won back-to-back World titles since the event began in 1950.
The USA won its nine World Cup games in 2014 by a 33.0 points per game average margin of victory, the largest margin of victory by a U.S. men’s team in a FIBA World Cup or Olympic Games since the 1994 USA World Championship Team.
The 2012 version of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team was an electrifying, high-octane scoring team. Compiling an 8-0 record and winning a second consecutive Olympic gold medal, the USA’s average margin of victory was 32.1 points a game.
Where some teams win because of defense, the 2012 U.S. team was unstoppable offensively. The U.S. averaged 115.5 points a game in its eight outings. The Americans’ point production was up 9.3 points per game from 2008 and it was the second most points ever averaged by a U.S. Olympic men’s team. Only the famed 1992 Dream Team averaged more, out-producing the 2012 team by a slim 1.8 points a game margin (117.3 ppg. to 115.5 ppg.).
Without any 2008 Olympians on the U.S. roster and featuring six players under the age of 22, Krzyzewski led the U.S. to a perfect 9-0 record at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
Relying on depth and defense, he got the best out of his 2010 team as the USA won its nine games by an average of 24.6 points per contest. Holding teams to just 38.1 percent shooting, the U.S. defense allowed its opponents an average of just 68.2 points per game.
During the three-year period between 2006 and 2008, when Krzyzewski first took charge of the USA Basketball Men's National Team, his squads compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record and just as importantly reestablished the USA team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA squad culminated the 2005-2008 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 and reclaiming the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA's first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program's first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan.
Getting 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 as head coach he directed the U.S. Olympic Festival South squad to the gold medal with a 3-1 record. 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. Selected the head coach of the 1987 USA World University Games Team, Krzyzewski's crew finished 7-1 to claim the silver medal. Head coach in 1990 of the USA Goodwill Games and FIBA World Championship teams which were comprised of collegiate players, Coach K led the American collegians to a silver medal in the Goodwill Games and to a 6-2 bronze medal placing in the Worlds. Krzyzewski was named an assistant coach for Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Daly's historic 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 6-0 in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and less than a month later rolled to an 8-0 record and captured Olympic gold in Barcelona, Spain.
Krzyzewski has also been extensively involved in USA Basketball's selection committees. He was a member of USA Basketball's 1989-92 Games Committee for Men, and the 1989-92 Men's Olympic Team Subset and 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.
Coach K’s winning ways in the 2014 World Cup carried over to Duke’s collegiate season as the Blue Devils rolled to a 35-4 overall record and won Coach K’s remarkable fifth NCAA National Championship.
It was also a remarkable year in 2009-10 for Krzyzewski. He directed Duke to a fourth NCAA National Championship, then in the summer led the USA to its first FIBA World Championship gold medal since 1994.
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, Krzyzewski has a remarkable record of achievement at Duke University while also boasting of extensive international experience.
Selected the National Collegiate Coach of the Year 12 times in eight different seasons, Coach K averaged 27.1 wins per season during his first 40 years at Duke (all records through the 2020-21 NCAA season). He has more 20-win seasons (36) and 30-win seasons (15) than any coach in NCAA history.
Krzyzewski owns a dazzling 1,170-361 career record and a remarkable 76.5 winning percentage over 46 years of collegiate coaching. In 41 seasons at the Durham campus, he logged a spectacular record of 1,097-302 for a striking 78.4 winning percentage. He ranks first all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in career wins, and on Jan. 25, 2015, became the first Division I men's basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins when Duke defeated St. John’s 77-68 at Madison Square Garden.
Under Krzyzewski, Duke has captured five national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015) which lists him second for the most titles in NCAA Division I history. He has directed teams to 12 Final Fours which ranks tied for the most (with legendary UCLA mentor John Wooden). Krzyzewski’s 97 NCAA victories stands as the all-time record, and his 126 NCAA Tournament games is also an NCAA all-time best. Owning an amazing 76.4 winning percentage in NCAA Tournament games, he ranks only behind Wooden (47-10 / .825 winning percentage) in all-time winning percentage (minimum of 40 NCAA games), while ranking highest among active coaches.
Through the 2020-21 season, Duke teams under Krzyzewski had earned 35 NCAA Tournament bids; claimed 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and a record 15 ACC Tournament championships; and compiled 517 ACC regular season, 67 ACC Tournament and 97 NCAA Tournament victories.
Krzyzewski's back-to-back NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992 made him just the second coach since UCLA's Wooden (Billy Donovan with Florida is the other) to repeat as national champions. Additionally, he moved ahead of Wooden to rank first on the chart of coaches who have led their respective schools to a number one national ranking in 20 different seasons.
Krzyzewski attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and while there lettered three years in basketball (1967, 1968 and 1969) and was captain of Army's 1969 NIT fourth place finishing team.
From 1969-74, Krzyzewski served his country. He directed service teams for three years and then followed that up with two years as head coach of the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Belvoir, Virginia. In 1974, he resigned from the Army having attained the rank of Captain.
When Krzyzewski was just 26, Bob Knight, his former coach at Army, hired him as a graduate assistant at Indiana University. That 1975 IU squad posted an 18-0 Big Ten Conference mark and an overall 31-1 record.
Accepting the head coaching position at his alma mater following his season at IU, he spent five years (1975-76 through 1979-80) building the West Point program and led the Cadets to one NIT berth, one ECAC playoff appearance and a five-year record of 73-59.
He and his wife, Mickie, have three daughters: Debbie, Lindy, Jamie, and 10 grandchildren.
MEDAL / FINISH
|2016 U.S. Olympic Team||Head Coach
|2016 USA National Team||Head Coach
|2014 USA World Cup Team||Head Coach||9-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2014 USA National Team||Head Coach||4-0||1.000||N/A|
|2012 U.S. Olympic Team||Head Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2012 USA National Team||Head Coach||5-0||1.000||N/A|
|2010 USA World Championship Team||Head Coach||9-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2010 USA National Team||Head Coach||4-0||1.000||N/A|
|2008 U.S. Olympic Team||Head Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2008 USA National Team||Head Coach||5-0||1.000||N/A|
|2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team||Head Coach||10-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2006 USA World Championship Team||Head Coach||8-1||.889||Bronze Medal|
|2006 USA National Team||Head Coach||5-0||1.000||N/A|
|1992 U.S. Olympic Team||Assistant Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|1992 USA National Team||Assistant Coach||1-0||1.000||N/A|
|1992 USA Olympic Qualifying Team||Assistant Coach||6-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|1990 USA World Championship Team||Head Coach||6-2||.750||Bronze Medal|
|1990 USA Goodwill Games Team||Head Coach||3-2||.600||Silver Medal|
|1987 USA World University Games Team||Head Coach||7-1||.880||Silver Medal|
|1984 U.S. Olympic Team||Special Assistant||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|1984 U.S. Olympic Team Trials||Assistant Coach||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1983 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team||Head Coach||3-1||.750||Gold Medal|
|1979 USA Pan American Games Team||Assistant Coach||9-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|USA Basketball Coaching Record||
11 Gold/2 Silver/2 Bronze Medals