Krzyzewski Named USA Basketball Coach of the Year
Posted: December 21st, 2012
Duke head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was named co-recipient of the 2012 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award after leading the USA Men’s National Team to the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Krzyzewski received the honor alongside Geno Auriemma, who led the USA Women’s National Team to a gold-medal finish in London, as well.
The award is the fifth for Krzyzewski, who also received the honor in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
“Well first of all, (this award means) continuity,” Krzyzewski said. “In other words, in order to have an opportunity to keep winning them means you had great teams that accomplished. For any coaching award, it’s what the players have done. It’s LeBron James, and Kobe (Bryant), and Kevin Durant and all of those guys coming through. I’ve been a lucky guy to be a part of it for seven years, and in five of the years there was some kind of competition.”
Krzyzewski led the USA men to an 8-0 record in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, and led the USA Men’s National Team to a 5-0 exhibition slate in the run up to the Games.
“Coach K meant everything to our success,” said LeBron James (Miami Heat), USA guard and three-time Olympian. “He came in with his mindset, his game plan and with his truths and beliefs, and we all followed him. He meant everything to our team and it has been an honor to play for him.”
Winning its Olympic games by an average of 32.1 points per game, the USA’s 156 points scored in a victory against Nigeria on Aug. 2 were the most points scored by any team in Olympic Games history.
The USA listed No. 1 in six of 13 major statistical categories among the 12-team Olympic field, including points per game (115.5), field goal percentage (.523), 3-point percentage (.440), rebound average (44.6), steals per game (10.4) and assists per game (25.0).
Among 2012 Olympic single-game bests, the USA listed No. 1 in points scored (156), field goals made (59), field goal attempts (88), field goal percentage (.711), 3-pointers made (29), 3-point attempts (46, twice), 3-point percentage (.630), free throws made (28), free throw attempts (38), assists (41) and steals (17); and the team established U.S. Olympic single-game records for points scored, field goals made, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and assists (tied).
Under Krzyzewski’s guidance, the team set U.S. Olympic competition records for 3-pointers made (129), 3-pointers attempted (293), 3-point percentage (.440), rebounds (357, eight games) and highest rebound average (44.6).
Taking part in USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program as well, Krzyzewski and the USA Men’s National Team conducted an open practice for approximately 3,100 military members and their families on July 14 at the D.C. Armory.
Currently in his 33rd season at Duke, Krzyzewski led his team to a 27-7 record in 2011-12, reaching his 27th NCAA Tournament and recording his 903rd win to become Division I college basketball’s all-time wins leader.
The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual awards.
The National Coach of the Year award was established in 1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who, during the year of the award, made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the highest level of competition.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection; training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA?U19 World Champions; men’s and women’s FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; as well as the women’s FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3×3 U18 World Championship.
USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.