Coach K Stories

  • Josh’s Memoriable Duke Camp Experience

    My son, Josh, loves Duke Basketball and always has. When he was 12, he and his best friend, Christian, attended a camp at Duke University in 2004. They were both playing basketball and idolized J. J. Reddick and the Duke players. I remember driving from Virginia to North Carolina and wondering if Josh and his … Continue reading Josh’s Memoriable Duke Camp Experience

  • To realise a sporting dream

    In 2005, myself and 15 coaches from Australia traveled on a study tour to the USA, Turkey and China, visiting many wonderful coaches and universities along the way. We met Coach Fran O’Hanlon, Coach Jay Wright, The late Coach Skip Prosser, Coach Roy Williams, Coach Phil Martelli, Coach Fran Dunphy, Coach Bruiser Flint Coach Gail … Continue reading To realise a sporting dream

  • Go Weber

    I graduated from Weber HS in 1967, 2 years after Coach K. He played on one of the greatest High School Teams that I can remember. Mike Kryzewski, Larry Lubash, Tom Brennan, Leonard Koplitz(at 6’3″ could touch elbows on rim,) and I have forgotten the other starter. Coach averaged 27.5 points a game his senior … Continue reading Go Weber

  • My 1st ever Duke game in person

    I am a die hard fan of Duke Basketball I’ve been cheering the Blue Devils since 7th grade I decided one night to write a letter to Coach K and I did a couple weeks later I got a team picture from Duke I was like wow. I am the Varsity Boys Basketball manager of … Continue reading My 1st ever Duke game in person

  • Becoming myself

    When I started to like basketball, everyone talked about Coach K. I was always asking who that is, and I found out who that was. Ever since then the Duke basketball program became one of my favorite basketball teams, for the fact that Coach K was the Coach. I had seen him once in conferences … Continue reading Becoming myself

  • The Happiest Day of my Life

    My Paw paw went to Duke and loved Coach K. He raised all four of his daughters to love Coach K, and all of his grandchildren to love Coach K. After he passed away, there hasn’t been a Duke basketball game that I’ve watched and not thought of him. Growing up in Virginia, my sister … Continue reading The Happiest Day of my Life

  • My father…and respect!

    Let me first start this with, today I am 39 years old and have 2 children of my own. Back in the early 80’s, I was  living pretty close to Charlottesville, VA.  My father wanted to take me to a Duke basketball game against Virginia at what was U-hall at the time. My father is … Continue reading My father…and respect!


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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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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