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  • Love and Basketball: A Leadership Game Plan From Coach K

    This April when Grayson Allen lumbered across the court in the NCAA championship game to save a loose ball, the Blue Devil freshman roared with enough emotion to raise the hair on every head in the packed stadium. But most affected were a 68-year-old coach and seven other young men in blue, who fought off the … Continue reading Love and Basketball: A Leadership Game Plan From Coach K

  • National Champs! Duke Beats Wisconsin for 5th Title

    Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of youngsters outscored Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth national title.

  • This Team is Deserving of Title Game

    After Duke beat Michigan State 81-61 to advance to the national championship game, Mike Krzyzewski talked about how special it is to play in the title game and how this team is deserving of a chance to play for the championship.

  • Duke in Title Game

    Two star freshmen, a solid senior and some of the trademark defense Duke has long been known for have the Blue Devils back in the national championship game. And in Indianapolis, no less. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18, and senior Quinn Cook had 17 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into yet another title game in the city known for a 500-mile auto race.

  • Coach K Life Lessons

    It’s not every day you get to hear what really happens on the court — as the final seconds tick down to a NCAA national championship. But that’s exactly what happened to me on Friday when I had a chance to chat with Duke legend Jay Williams — about his personal experience in the 2001 championship game against Arizona.

    “The clock was ticking down,” Williams told me. “And we knew we were about to win. But it’s Chris Duhon that I remember most.” Duhon, his teammate, motioned to Williams to get his attention. Williams remembers thinking, “what’s going on?” “Your dream,” Duhan told him. “Remember to throw the ball in the air.”

  • Duke Punches Final Four Ticket in Win Over Gonzaga

    Mike Krzyzewski is living in the moment with his youngest team ever, not thinking too much about the significance of his latest trip to the NCAA Final Four. With their trio of freshmen starting, the Duke Blue Devils are going to their 16th Final Four, and a record-tying 12th for Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win … Continue reading Duke Punches Final Four Ticket in Win Over Gonzaga

  • Duke’s Coach K Discusses the Gauntlet of March

    After his team advanced past Gonzaga to capture the South Region, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates how special it is to make the NCAA Tournament, let alone the Final Four.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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