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Geno Auriemma And Mike Krzyzewski Named USA Basketball’s 2014 Co-National Coaches Of The Year

  • Date:
    Dec 18, 2014

• VIDEO: Coach of the Year Announcement

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After each led a USA Basketball national team to a gold medal and a qualifying berth into the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) today were announced as the 2014 USA Basketball Co-National Coaches of the Year. USA Basketball’s Board of Directors is responsible for selecting its annual award winners.

The honor is the third such recognition for Auriemma and an unparalleled sixth for Krzyzewski.

“USA Basketball is incredibly grateful to Coach Auriemma and Coach K for all of the time and hard work that they have dedicated to USA Basketball this past summer and throughout the years,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Our national teams are much stronger because of their commitments, and we are very are proud to honor them as our Co-National Coaches of the Year.”

Auriemma led the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team to a 6-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship from Sept. 27–Oct. 5 in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Well I’m still way behind Coach K!” joked Auriemma about earning his third USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award. “It’s a great honor to be the coach of this team and have the opportunity to coach the best players in the world against the best teams in the world. It’s something that, no matter how many years I’m with USA Basketball or how many gold medals we win, it’s always something that’s a special feeling. To be associated with Coach K again certainly puts me in great company.”

Krzyzewski steered the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team to a 9-0 record and the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup from Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.

“Sharing this award with Geno is terrific, because he is one of the great coaches of all time in any sport,” Krzyzewski said. “He has made this commitment to USA Basketball and so have I, and it’s turned out to be great, where both teams have won at the highest level and represented our country at the highest level.

“The sixth time seems surreal, like how could you be doing it for that long?” Krzyzewski continued. “So when I think about that, I think about how lucky I am to be the national coach of our men’s team. So, it’s an honor, and I hope there is another one in the future.”

USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award History

Year Coach
2014 *Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut & Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2013 *Billy Donovan, University of Florida & Katie Meier, University of Miami
2012 *Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut & Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2011 Jennifer Rizzotti, University of Hartford
2010 *Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut & Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2009 Jamie Dixon, University of Pittsburgh
2008 *Anne Donovan, USA Basketball & Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2007 *Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm & Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2006 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
2005 Gail Goestenkors, Duke University
2004 Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
2003 Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons
2002 Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
2001 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
2000 Nell Fortner, USA Basketball
1999 Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
1998 Clem Haskins, University of Minnesota
1997 Mo McHone, Sioux Falls Skyforce
1996 Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University

*Co-recipients

The USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award was established in 1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who during the year of the award made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the highest level of competition.

The women’s title was the USA’s ninth FIBA World Championship gold overall and second consecutive for Auriemma, who now is 57-9 overall as a USA Basketball head coach and 74-9 all-time as a USA head or assistant coach.

Since he took over the USA Women’s National Team in 2009, Auriemma has led the USA to perfect records and gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“He is a master at inspiring his players to grow at the fundamentals while still playing in our own unique style,” said U.S. forward Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), who was named MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Championship. “He challenges his players to be better in a way that makes us smarter and better leaders. His love of the game and his players is contagious as well as the laughter he creates through the days.”

At the 2014 FIBA World Championship, Auriemma led the USA past its six opponents by an average of 28.8 points per game. The USA’s 75-point win over Angola in its final preliminary round game was the USA’s largest margin of victory in FIBA World Championship play, and it tied the record for points scored by a U.S. women’s team in World Championship competition.

Led by three players averaging double-digit scoring, the USA led the 16-team field in points per game (92.2), scoring margin (+28.8), field goal percentage (.542), field goal percentage defense (.323), 3-point percentage (.431), rebounding offense (50.8), rebounding defense (31.0), rebounding margin (19.8) and assists (22.3).

The USA set a team competition record for rebounding average (50.8); and in a win over Angola set a U.S. single-game record for 3-point percentage (.615) and tied the assists record with 32; and in its opening win against China, set U.S. World Championship single-game records with 63 rebounds and 89 shot attempts.

As part of USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program, Auriemma and his team conducted a clinic for children of military families on campus at the U.S Naval Academy and at a clinic a Boys & Girls Club in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sept. 10. On Sept. 11 at the University of Delaware during the USA Basketball Showcase, a Red-White exhibition game, the team honored members of the military in a halftime presentation.

Auriemma also led the USA to a 4-1 exhibition record in 2014 with wins over Canada (76-51, Sept. 15, Bridgeport, Conn.), Australia (72-66, Sept. 19, Paris, France) and China (99-75, Sept. 20, Paris France), a loss to France (76-72, Sept. 21, Paris, France) and a win over Czech Republic (76-41, Sept. 23, Prague, Czech Republic).

Auriemma led the University of Connecticut in 2013-14 to an undefeated season, the American Athletic Conference’s first regular season and tournament crowns and his ninth NCAA National Championship with the Huskies – a women’s NCAA Division I record for titles. Thus far in 2014-15, Auriemma and his team are off to a 6-1 start (as of Dec. 11).

Under the leadership of Mike Krzyzewski, the 2014 USA Men’s World Cup Team became just the third country in FIBA World Cup history to win consecutive titles, and its +33.0 points per game differential was the most by a U.S. men’s team in a World Cup or Olympic Games since the 1994 World Championship (+37.8).

Since 1979, Krzyzewski has been the head or assistant coach with 14 USA teams and has helped the USA to 10 gold medals. Included in his medal tally are two Olympic and two World Cup championships as head coach. Counting official competitions and exhibition games, Krzyzewski owns a 66-1 record since taking over the USA Men’s National Team in 2006. He now has coached USA World Cup teams four times (1990, 2006, 2010 and 2014), compiling a 32-3 record, while winning two gold and two bronze medals.

“The most special thing about playing for Coach K was being able to have his guidance again and his confidence,” said U.S. guard Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), who was named MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. “It was so easy because he makes it simple about what he wants you to do, and that’s be yourself, have your ego and continue to just do whatever it takes to win. And that’s the attitude he instilled in all of us. We all came with that attitude, but Coach K, he has that ability as a leader to make you want to go through a wall for him, even though you’ve only known him for a week or so. It was just great to play for him again.”

He has led the USA Men’s National Team to a 63-game winning streak (45 FIBA/Olympic and FIBA Americas games, 18 exhibitions). The streak started on Sept. 2, 2006, with a win over Argentina in the 2006 World Cup bronze medal game and includes perfect records at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups.

With six players averaging double figures, the USA led the 24-team World Cup field in scoring offense (104.6 points a game), scoring margin (+33.0), field goal percentage (.524), rebounding (44.8), rebounding margin (+9.0), defensive rebounds (29.9), assists (20.4), steals (12.1) and turnover margin (+8.3).

The team set a U.S. competition high with 689 field goal attempts.

As part of USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program, Krzyzewski and his team toured the United States Military Academy at West Point on Aug. 18, met with the families of military members lost in battle and ate lunch with more than 4,000 cadets before holding an open practice on campus.

Additionally, Krzyzewski led the USA to a 4-0 exhibition record in 2014 with dominating wins over Brazil (95-78, Aug. 16, Chicago, Ill.), Dominican Republic (105-62, Aug. 20, New York, N.Y.), Puerto Rico (112-86, Aug. 22, New York, N.Y.) and Slovenia (101-71, Aug. 26, Gran Canaria, Spain).

In 2013-14, Krzyzewski, who currently ranks first all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in career victories, led Duke to a 26-9 record and an NCAA tournament appearance. Thus far in 2014-15, Krzyzewski and his Duke team are off to an 8-0 start (as of Dec. 11). 

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