Coach K Stories

  • Life View

    Coach K came to speak at the Marketplace my freshman year at Duke. A girl in my FAC group named Kari dragged me to the talk about 30 minutes early. So, we were sitting in the front row. I don’t remember anything Coach K said because I’m a pompous jerk who thinks that he knows … Continue reading Life View

  • Duke

    I have been a loyal follower of your program for many, many years, which I consider a class act, especially how you handle your players, making them all better people. This year I have been very fortunate on seeing on T V all but one game. My wife has heard me talk every year how … Continue reading Duke

  • My Dream For Playing at Duke

    Hey this is phillip porchay.      I am 17 years old and loved duke since i was a little boy. Theres not that many people that come from arkansas and be a big factor for duke, but i have the frame of mind that i would be a good player for the devils when they … Continue reading My Dream For Playing at Duke

  • Coach, Welcome to Beijing!

    Hi, Coach      This is hello from Beijing, China. Right now, I am a student in the US. I watch NCAA games a lot. You are the best coach. I am very excited to see you being the HC of 08 US national team. In 2008, I guess I am in Beijing. I will buy tickets to … Continue reading Coach, Welcome to Beijing!

  • Duke’s #1 Fan, 20 Years

    It all began the night Duke played Louisville for the National Title in ’86.  I was 11 years old.  A friend of mine and myself played my older brother 2 on 1 in basketball.  We always picked teams and players we were going to be so my brother said he was going to be Louisville … Continue reading Duke’s #1 Fan, 20 Years

  • My Life as a Duke Fan

    It all started back when I was in third grade and I turned on the TV to watch college basketbll and I turned it to a duke game and i enjoyed even though they blew away the team they where playing. I still enjoyed it a lot ever since then I became the biggest Duke … Continue reading My Life as a Duke Fan

  • Coach, You Changed My Life!

    I play basketball, but this year I didn’t make my high school team due to a self confidence issue. I wouldn’t work hard enough because I never felt like I was in the same talent feild as the other players, but then as I watched Coach K run his team and watch how he handled … Continue reading Coach, You Changed My Life!


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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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