Coach K Stories

  • Following my dream

    I have always been a Duke Blue Devils fan since elementary school. Since my elementary school mascott was Frank Blue Devils I felt a connection with the college basketball team called the Blue Devils. I felt like that was my team. I recently graduated from college and still am searching for my true journey in … Continue reading Following my dream

  • Supporting Ray Mullis

    Coach K had recruited Steve Wojciechowski from our school, Cardinal Gibbon High School in Baltimore. Steve’s coach, Ray Mullis had later been diagnosed with cancer. As his fight against the disease went on the need to pay for treatments became very difficult for the Mullis family. Coach K came to Baltimore and was the keynote … Continue reading Supporting Ray Mullis

  • Coaches Show

    I was on the production crew for WRAL-TV in the early 80s. We produced the coaches shows for Duke and NC State. When Coach K came into the studio he made it a point to introduce himself and shake the hands of all of the crew members. He obviously was not at the level he … Continue reading Coaches Show

  • Inspiration

    I’m a sophmore in high school at Downers Grove North, Illinois. The first time I ever heard of Duke was when I was eight years old; I selected them as the champions of my March Madness tournament bracket. I have selected them every year since. Over the years, as I have selected them to keep … Continue reading Inspiration

  • Just a Kid from the South Bronx

    I attended a West Point Sports Camp in the summer of 1975. There I met Coach K as he led the basketball portion of the sports camp. I was 5’5″ (I still am) and was very quick on the court. Coach K spoke to the the Colonel who was the Athletic Director and they wrote … Continue reading Just a Kid from the South Bronx

  • Just a Kid from the South Bronx

    I attended a West Point Sports Camp in the summer of 1975. There I met Coach K as he led the basketball portion of the sports camp. I was 5’5″ (I still am) and was very quick on the court. Coach K spoke to the the Colonel who was the Athletic Director and they wrote … Continue reading Just a Kid from the South Bronx

  • Letter from Coach K

    This story tells of Coach K’s humble thoughtfulness. In May, 1991, while on active duty in the US Navy and on deployment during the First Gulf War, I sent a letter to the Duke Basketball team via Coach K congratulating them on winning the the National Championship. I received an immediate response from Coach K … Continue reading Letter from Coach K

Belief

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
Balance

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
Challenges

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
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
Adaptability

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
Communication

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
Care

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

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
Courage

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
Commitment

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
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