Coach K Stories

  • Time Out

    I have been a huge Duke fan for many years. I have always thought Coach K was an excellent Coach and leader of young men. My son a few years ago thought he may want to get into the coaching field. I told him write some letters to coach’s asking advice. He must have written … Continue reading Time Out

  • One of the Most Influential People in My Life

    Coach K was one of the three people that made me realize that being an effective leader starts with having the passion and the un-obstructed vision of what you plan to achieve with your team. Coach K was the first person who helped me realize in a very brief one-to-one session in Toronto Canada at … Continue reading One of the Most Influential People in My Life

  • My West Point Story

    Dear Coach K. My husband and I recently visited the New England States. While we were there, we went to the Game between West Point and Temple. It was a perfectly beautiful day and West Point is absolutely beautiful. Before we left, we went into the visitors center. Walking around the building, we came across … Continue reading My West Point Story

  • Life Lessons from Coack K

    My son attended the Coack K basketball camp at Duke as a 13-year old. That was 4 summers ago. My husband and I arrived at the camp with our young basketball player and our 8-year old son as well. We drove all the way from Ohio because our son is such a Duke basketball camp. … Continue reading Life Lessons from Coack K

  • Home for Christmas

    My son David was a soldier, coming home from Irag the week after Christmas. His only Christmas wish was to go to see Duke play a basketball game. I sent an email to Coach K’s assistant to beg, if necessary, for a chance to buy those tickets. Instead, after verifying our story, David and his … Continue reading Home for Christmas

  • Following my dream

    I have always been a Duke Blue Devils fan since elementary school. Since my elementary school mascott was Frank Blue Devils I felt a connection with the college basketball team called the Blue Devils. I felt like that was my team. I recently graduated from college and still am searching for my true journey in … Continue reading Following my dream

  • Supporting Ray Mullis

    Coach K had recruited Steve Wojciechowski from our school, Cardinal Gibbon High School in Baltimore. Steve’s coach, Ray Mullis had later been diagnosed with cancer. As his fight against the disease went on the need to pay for treatments became very difficult for the Mullis family. Coach K came to Baltimore and was the keynote … Continue reading Supporting Ray Mullis


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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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