Quick Facts

Born: February 13, 1947 Chicago, Ill.
High School: Weber High School Chicago, Ill.
College Career: Three-year letterman, Army, 1967-69
College Degree: B.S., U.S.M.A., June, 1969
College Honors: Team Captain, 1968-69
Second-Team All-NIT, 1969
North-South Game, 1969
Military Service: Army Officer, 1969-74
Resigned as Captain, 1974
Coaching Career: Head Coach Service Teams, 1969-72
Head Coach, United States Military Academy Prep School (Fort Belvoir, Va.), 1972-74
Graduate Assistant, Indiana University, 1974-75
Head Coach, United States Military Academy, 1975-80
Head Coach, Duke University, 1980-present
Head Coach , USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team 2006-2016
Coaching Honors NABC District II Coach of the Year, 1977
Metropolitan New York Basketball Writers Coach of the Year, 1977
Head Coach, National Sports Festival, 1983
National Association of Basketball Coaches District III Coach of the Year, 1984, 1992, 1994
ACC Coach of the Year, 1984, 1986, 1997, 1999, 2000
National Coach of the Year, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
U.S. Head Coach, World University Games, 1987
U.S. Head Coach, World Championships and Goodwill Games, 1990
U.S. Assistant Coach, Olympics, 1992
President, NABC, 1998-99
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, 2001
Named “America’s Best Coach” by Time/CNN, 2001
Clair Bee Coach of the Year, 2004
USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team, Head Coach 2006-2016
Coaching Record Career Record: 1,018–310 (.767)
Duke Record: 945–251 (.790)
Army Record: 73–59 (.553)
Championships NCAA – 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
ACC Regular Season – 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006
ACC Tournament – 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Family: Wife – Carol (Mickie) Marsh
Daughters – Debbie Savarino, Lindy Frasher, Jamie Spatola
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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