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2016 USA Basketball Co-National Coaches of the Year

Geno Auriemma And Mike Krzyzewski Share USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Honors

  • Date:
    Dec 1, 2016


In recognition of USA Basketball’s sixth straight women’s Olympic gold medal and third straight men’s Olympic gold medal, which were earned at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this past summer, USA head coaches Geno Auriemma and Mike Krzyzewski were selected as co-recipients of the 2016 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award.

This is a record seventh time Krzyzewski has earned at least a share of the USA Basketball Coach of the Year award, the fourth such honor for Auriemma and the fourth time the two coaches have shared the recognition since 2010.

USA Basketball National Coach of the Year

Award History


*Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


*Sean Miller, University of Arizona
& Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina


*Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


*Billy Donovan, University of Florida

& Katie Meier, University of Miami


*Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


Jennifer Rizzotti, University of Hartford


*Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


Jamie Dixon, University of Pittsburgh


*Anne Donovan, USA Basketball

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


*Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm

& Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University


Gail Goestenkors, Duke University


Van Chancellor, Houston Comets


Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons


Van Chancellor, Houston Comets


Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University


Nell Fortner, USA Basketball


Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers


Clem Haskins, University of Minnesota


Mo McHone, Sioux Falls Skyforce


Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University


“USA Basketball has been extremely fortunate to have the tremendous leadership of Geno and Coach K, and the 2016 Olympic teams were a direct reflection of their dedication and commitment,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We are grateful for their invaluable contributions, and we are proud to recognize their efforts.”

Auriemma led the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team to an 8-0 record and gold medal from Aug. 6-20 as the USA topped opponents by an average margin of 37.2 points per game.     

“When you get to coach the best team in the world like I have in the last two Olympics, you feel incredibly fortunate,” Auriemma said. “All the time and effort, resources and help the people that I have worked with at USA Basketball provide is first class. All I have to do is my part, and that’s what we tried to do. We were successful, and it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized this way, no matter how many times it happens.  I’m never going to be in this situation again, so I really appreciate it.”

Krzyzewski guided the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team to an 8-0 record as the USA won its games by an average of 22.5 ppg. from Aug. 6-21.

“Certainly, I am honored to share the 2016 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award with Geno Auriemma, a terrific leader whose accomplishments in women’s basketball stand alone,” Krzyzewski said. “Any award that a coach or individual receives is the product of having a great team. Starting with the leadership of Jerry Colangelo, we’ve had that in USA Basketball. Our staff was together every step of this journey, and our players were, too. It was another magical run to gold in Rio, and I was thrilled and honored to be a part of it.”

2016 marks the 21st time USA Basketball has presented its National Coach of the Year award, which was first earned by USA Basketball Women's National Team and Olympic head coach Tara VanDerveer in 1996. The USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award is given to a USA Basketball head coach who made a significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the highest levels of competition in a manner consistent with the highest ethical, professional and moral standards.

USA Basketball teams with Auriemma on the sideline are 50-1 in official FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions. Including exhibition games, Auriemma has helped USA teams compile an overall record of 90-9 and a 73-9 mark as a head coach.

Auriemma is the first coach in U.S. women’s history to lead back-to-back Olympic teams and the first to capture consecutive Olympic gold medals.

“Coach has the ability to make the best players in the world work as one, play unselfishly and make each other better,” said Diana Taurasi, a tri-captain of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. “The list of what coach Auriemma has accomplished as a coach is endless but his character and the respect I have for him as a person is beyond words.”

Among the 12 teams at the 2016 Olympic Games, the USA led in points (817), field goal percentage (.577), 3-point percentage (.453), rebounds averaged (45.2), assists (224), field goal percentage defense (.371) and rebound defense (27.3); and tied for the lead in blocked shots (29).

The 2016 squad set U.S. Olympic women’s team single-game records for points (121 against Senegal on Aug. 16,) for 3-pointers (11 against Japan on Aug. 16), for free throw percentage (26-of-26 against Serbia on Aug. 10) and for assists (40 against China on Aug. 14).

In the U.S. women’s Olympic single-competition record book, the team set records for field goals made (324), field goal percentage (.577), 3-pointers made (58), 3-pointers attempted (128), free throw percentage (.776) and assists (224).

The USA also tallied four exhibition victories, including an 88-84 win over the USA Select Team on July 25 in Los Angeles; an 84-62 victory against France on July 27 in Delaware; an 83-43 defeat of Canada on July 29 in Connecticut; and a 104-89 win over Australia on July 31 in New York City.

In 31 seasons as a collegiate head coach (through 2015-16), Auriemma has compiled a 955-134 career record for an impressive .877 winning percentage, including 11 NCAA National Championships.

In 2015-16, Auriemma led Connecticut to a perfect, 38-0 record and an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA Championship, and he has led UConn in 2016-17 to a 5-0 start (as of Nov. 30, 2016).

Coach K, who owns a spectacular 88-1 record as head coach of the USA Men’s National Team since 2006 and an overall USA Basketball coaching record of 142-7, is the first head basketball coach to win three Olympic gold medals, and he and Henry Iba (1964, 1968 and 1972) are the only coaches to lead three straight U.S. Olympic teams.

Krzyzewski also is the first coach in the history of international basketball to win back-to-back Olympic and FIBA World Cup titles.

“He motivated all of us every single day, and the standard that he held us to was a championship-level standard,” said Kevin Durant, the USA’s leading scorer at the 2016 Olympics. “We followed that blue print from day one. We all believed in him, he believed in us and we were able to go out there and accomplish something special.”

Among the 12-team tournament, the USA led in points (807), 3-point percentage (.369), rebounds averaged (.45.5), steals (70), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.286) and blocked shots (28); was second in assists (192); and was third in field goal percentage (.471) and field goal percentage defense (.429).

The team set a U.S. Olympic men’s single-game record for free throws made (33 against Serbia on Aug. 12), and in the U.S. Olympic men’s single-competition record book, the team set a record for free throws made (168), rebounds (364) and rebounds averaged (45.5).

Additionally, the USA tallied five exhibition victories, including a 111-74 win over Argentina on July 22 in Las Vegas; a 106-57 victory over China on July 24 in Los Angeles; a 107-57 defeat of China on July 26 in Oakland, California; an 80-45 win over Venezuela on July 29 in Chicago; and a 110-66 victory against Nigeria on Aug. 1 in Houston.

Entering the 2016-17 season, Coach K owned a 1,043-321 record in 41 years of coaching, including a 970-262 mark in 36 seasons at Duke, where he has won five NCAA National Championships.

In 2015-16, he led Duke to a 25-11 record and an NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance, and he has his team off to an 7-1 start in 2016-17 (as of Dec. 1, 2016).

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