Mike Krzyzewski will accumulate 1,000 career victories in a matter of days, perhaps as early as Sunday.
It’s an astounding accomplishment — one that comes along with 40 years as a Division I head coach — and it’s impressive even to peers that have piled up hundreds and hundreds of wins themselves.
So, what’s the secret to longevity in this profession? How can coaches stick around long enough (and win enough) to get to this point? USA TODAY Sports posed these questions to some of the sport’s most successful coaches.
Need more Coach K? You can also head over to FOX Sports GO on Sunday to watch our “Coach K Cam.” We’ll have an isolated camera on Krzyzewski throughout the game Sunday, starting at 1:30. The live stream will be available unauthenticated, meaning everyone can head over to FOXSportsGo.com and enjoy the Coach K Cam regardless of their cable provider.
With head coach Mike Krzyzewski approaching his 1,000th career win, ESPN recently announced the scheduled presentation of a SportsCenter special entitled Coach K-1K. The program is set to air Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 11 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2, following Duke’s game against Miami.
The one-hour special will include a round-table discussion, with former players such as Matt Brown (Army, ’79), Jay Bilas (Duke ’86), Christian Laettner (Duke ’92), Jeff Capel (Duke ’97), Nate James (Duke ’01), Jay Williams (Duke ’02) and Jon Scheyer (Duke ’10), as well as current player Quinn Cook. A Coach K interview is also slated for the piece.
Mike Krzyzewski has coached the best basketball players on the planet, so when he hypes a player, you better listen.
All fall, Krzyzewski raved about his 6-11 freshman center, Jahlil Okafor. “There’s nobody like him,” he said back in September. He’s already acknowledged he expects Okafor’s stay in Durham to be short, and that Okafor will be among the top picks in the 2015 NBA draft.
Eight games into the season, Okafor is averaging 17.1 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. But it’s too simple to say Okafor alone is the reason for Duke’s 8-0 start and No. 2 ranking.
Look at the rest of the Blue Devils’ star-studded freshman class — from the athleticism of Justise Winslow to the second-half play of Tyus Jones. Throw in a group of veterans, led by senior Quinn Cook, comfortable taking on different and, at times, reduced roles to benefit the team.
Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke Blue Devils and the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, debuts the 10th season of his weekly SiriusXM show, “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K”, Thursday, October 23 (6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91.
Coach K will be joined on the season premiere by Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach Bill Self and Denver Nuggets/U.S. Men’s National Team forward Kenneth Faried. Throughout the season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, which is available on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at SiriusXM.com. Each show will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand.
Coach Michael W. Krzyzewski, legendary head basketball coach at Duke University and a long-time supporter of our men and women in uniform and their families, will receive the 2014 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski sat down with the Blue Devil Network for an exclusive interview on last week to discuss the Blue Devils preparation for the 2014-15 season. Duke will hold its first official team practice Friday, Oct. 3 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.