Coach K Stories

  • The Underdog

    Dear Coack K, You have influence my life in such an indirect manner though we have never even met! I love watching you Coach. You have such passion and I love the fact you will take on any kid regardless of their background and troubles. That’s unique from most coaches. Anyway, I’ve decided to try … Continue reading The Underdog

  • Coach K

    I have been a Duke fan ever since i can remember, because my Mom went there for graduate school.  Everyone says that I am the biggest Duke fan that they have ever met.  I read Coach K’s books all the time, and i really enjoyed the book Five Point Play. I like it so much … Continue reading Coach K

  • Coach K

    I am only 12 years old but I really love to play basketball it is my favorite sport and it has been ever since I was 5 years old. Coach K is a wonderful coach and I wish that I had a coach as good as him. I love to watch Duke play. JJ Redick … Continue reading Coach K

  • I’m impressed so much !!!

    Hi all!!! I’m a guy from Poland. I’ve just come up against an article abouy Mr Krzyzewski ( K – shieh – zhe – fskie) at the New York Times. I’m glad to read something interseting about Polish descent. I would like to take a chance and congatulate on K-coach career. well done!!! Keep goin!!!

  • The Love Coach K and Duke

    Coach K has had a great  impact on my basketball career. I began watching Coach K and Duke as a sophmore in High School, which is when I began to love basketball. After being cut from my 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade basketball teams, I realized that I would not be defeated by the game … Continue reading The Love Coach K and Duke

  • Coach K is the Best

    Hey Coach K, I think you are the best coach ever. I am in 7th grade and I love Duke. I want to go to duke and play under you. It has been my dream since third grade. My cousin works for the press and you are also his favorite coach. Well got to go. … Continue reading Coach K is the Best

  • Meeting K as a Kid

    Back in November of 2001, I was in Maui for the Maui Invitational, which me, my brother, and my dad had tickets to. So one day we are sitting in our hotel lobby, and you wouldnt beleive who pulls up. It’s the Duke team bus, who just arrived from practice. Coach K, Jason Williams, Mike … Continue reading Meeting K as a Kid


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

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
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

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

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
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