Coach K Stories

  • Family

    I am a retired Marine. For three fantastic years (I’ve been a Duke basketball fan since the eighties), I was the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Duke. Needless to say, my entire family have become Dukies. In 2006, my two boys were checking in for camp, and my wife Cindy was in the line for … Continue reading Family

  • First Impressions

    I grew up near Greensboro, NC and had the chance to attend my first Duke basketball game in 1988. I was 18 years old. Did I mention it was the championship game of the ACC Tournament v. Carolina??? I arrived early and walked down to court-side as the teams were on the floor warming up. … Continue reading First Impressions

  • It is just not about basketball

    I met Coach K at a fantasy basketball camp a number of years ago. A good friend of mine from High School has invited me to be his guest. I was recovering from a major surgery and he felt this would be a good way to pick up my spirits knowing how much I love … Continue reading It is just not about basketball

  • Thanks for saving my sister

    I would like to congratulate Coach K on his becoming the Division I most winningest coach. Way to go. However, he is the most winningest coach in my families eyes for another reason. My sister was discovered to have a rather rare brain tumor in Oct. Her son-in-law, Jimmy Dykes, was at Duke and mentioned … Continue reading Thanks for saving my sister

  • Fort Carson Colorado 1/19 Artillery Division

    Coach K, you probably do not remember many of the enlisted men during your time in the Army, but, I was assigned to HQ Company, 1/19th Artillery Division at Fort Carson. I was the HQ Company legal clerk and also the quarterback of the battalion football team. My company commander was Captainthe Endicott who you … Continue reading Fort Carson Colorado 1/19 Artillery Division

  • What an amazing man

    Coach K is a teacher of young men. Of course we all think he knows baskedball like the back of his hand but he wants to create winners, thinkers, and friends. My whole classroom and home is dedicated to this man. (not Aaaron Rodgers, but a little Brett Favre.) He does thrown chairs or scream … Continue reading What an amazing man

  • What I’ve learned from Coach K

    Coack Krzyzewski has been an inspiration to me,and my family for many years. We are ” all ” such Duke fans, and even bigger fans of ” The Coach. ” He has taught me that winning-isn’t all that there is in life, it’s truly about how one plays the game. I greatly admire,how he leads … Continue reading What I’ve learned from Coach K


When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K
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