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Long-time Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced his post after 46 years.
Krzyzewski will be retiring after the 2021-22 college basketball season after building a coaching career for the ages. He led the Blue Devils to five NCAA tournament championships, twelve Final Four games, and won 1,170 games, the largest number in men’s college basketball history.
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Known as “Coach K”, the man started with Duke prior to the 1980-81 season after serving five seasons as a coach for the Army at West Point. Krzyzewski was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a senior captain of the Army’s Hoop Squad during the 1968-69 season, leading the cadets to the National Invitation Tournament.
Upon graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Army, was released from active duty as a captain, and returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant coach under Bobby Knight. He replaced the legendary coach after Knight left West Point for Indiana University.
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The native of Chicago built Duke into a powerhouse. He brought the Blue Devils back to the NCAA tournament in his fourth season and was in his seventh season with the team in the Final Four.
“My family and I consider this day a celebration,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been incredible and we are grateful and honored to have led two college programs at world class institutions in over four decades has resulted in a remarkable journey. Of course, I was lucky , as a direct result of these unique opportunities to train some of the best young men and players in basketball history.
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“For us there is no greater joy than being part of our players’ respective endeavors through basketball and, more importantly, their lives off the pitch. Our family is everyone who has contributed to our careers over the past 46 years eternally grateful to the countless members of our extended family, thank you very much. “
The sports world reacted to news of Krzyzewski’s resignation.
Krzyzewski was a huge influence on some of the greatest players to ever play college basketball. and was on the sidelines for some of the greatest moments in NCAA men’s basketball history.
He was the coach when Grant Hill tossed a cross-court baseball pass to Christian Laettner, who made a miraculous jump shot to bring Duke to victory over Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight.
He was the coach when Bobby Hurley met the winner of the 1991 Final Four against UNLV.
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Coach K’s teams have been graced by memorable NBA players. Hurley, Hill and Laettner all went to the NBA. Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum, Austin Rivers, and JJ Redick were some of the other greats on the Blue Devils teams.
With Duke Krzyzewski would win five national championships and raise countless players to the professional ranks. He has a career record of 1,170-361 in more than 1,500 games.
Krzyzewski has also left his mark on the Olympic basketball stage.
He was the head coach of Team USA when the men won gold in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He was also an assistant when the team won gold in Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992.
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Jon Scheyer, who played under Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010 and was the captain of the 2010 National Championship, has been named Krzyzewski’s successor and will be the program’s 20th head coach from the 2022/23 season. Scheyer worked for Krzyzewski for eight years and was promoted to deputy head coach in 2018.
A press conference for Krzyzewski is scheduled for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET, while a press conference for Scheyer is scheduled for Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET. Both events take place at the Cameron Indoor Stadium and are closed to the public.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.