Coach K Stories

  • Ticket to the Game

    A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago. He has been a Duke fan since he was little but never had the opportunity to visit as he is not from here. About a month ago, he came for his first visit ever to NC. I wanted to surprise him with … Continue reading Ticket to the Game

  • “I met the MAN”

    I was a delivery driver in the DUKE- Durham area, and back in 2000 I was making a delivery to the athletic center that they were doing construction on. I was in the back of the truck gathering the equipment to hand it down to the crew, and I asked the guy on the ground … Continue reading “I met the MAN”

  • A Weber High School Story

    Way back in 1968 in Chicago at Weber HS, I met Mike Krzyzewski (a senior), he was to show me how to shoot a basketball. Little did he know, that this freshman never played basketball! Only baseball then! Watching him play for our team, as we won the Catholic League that year, I knew he … Continue reading A Weber High School Story

  • Thanks

    I came home from App. State to start my career as a banker in Durham. It was announced one day that Coach Krzyzewski, which took me awhile to say, was our new basketball coach at Duke University. Over the next 30+ years, he helped put Duke, Durham and the Triangle on the national map. I … Continue reading Thanks

  • My Dream

    My story isn’t life changing but it means sooooo much to me. I used to never score any points and was lucky if a made 1 goal. when it came to trying out for the middle school basketball team I tried my mental, emotional, and physical best and I was one away I felt like … Continue reading My Dream

  • Final Wish

    My Father Marshall Miller was a huge Duke fan. He was in and out of the hospital there for 4 years. My Dad and Jim Valvano had the same cancer,except Jim had tumors which gave him about 1 year and my father had 3-5. He lived 4. I can remember going up there and seeing … Continue reading Final Wish

  • How Coach K Made Me Pursue My Dream

    Growing up I was a huge Tar Heels fan because of Jordan but as I passed that phase and started enjoying basketball for the purity of the game, Coach K was, and still is, the reason. Basketball quit being something I watched on sports center but something I studied with a passion. Coach K inspired … Continue reading How Coach K Made Me Pursue My Dream


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 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

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
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

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

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

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

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 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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