Coach K Stories

  • Coach K at Army

    I have been a big fan of Army Sports since the 60’s. I remember Coach K as a Sophmore guard in 1967. I attended many games at Gillis Field House between 1967 and 1970. During Coach K’s Senior Year I attended a game against Iona College with some friends of mine. I was a senior … Continue reading Coach K at Army

  • My Life

    I  was at the low point of my life where I had never been before. I was down on life and down on living. I was not the person I used to be. I had not been to church in over 3 years. I was mad at the world and blamed every one but myself … Continue reading My Life

  • Coach Kryzewski

    I must say Coach K is the best coach that has walked this earth. He is one of the greatest all-time he’s easily up there with names like Joe Paterno, DUKE rules, i want to be a cameron crazy. My dream is to play for the Duke Basketball organization and I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO … Continue reading Coach Kryzewski

  • Role Model

    Coach K has really affected my life in more ways than one. First he is my role model, he is the guy who keeps me going. I am a basketball player whose dream is to get into duke university ans this guy has really inspired me to keep going!GO DUKE YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Best Picture I Ever Took!

    I met Coach K at the Nike Baketball Clinic in Las Vegas!  I stood in line for 1 1/2 hours and it was well worth it!  As I approached Coach K, I was weak in the knees!  He signed his book, "Leading With The Heart" and I sat beside him and took a photo!  It … Continue reading Best Picture I Ever Took!

  • Coach K

    Coach K my Wish is to play for you in Cameron Indoor Stadium. You are my mentor for life and for basketball… JJ-Redick is my mentor for basketball… from watching him shoot the ball it has taught me and I have changed my shot to look JUST like his…. My free throw percentage last year was 89 … Continue reading Coach K

  • Great Man

    I have been a duke fan since I was ten years old. I am now 29. I never had the chance to see Duke at Cameron until this year.  I was critically injured in a swimming pool accident in august of 2002 that has left me paralyzed from the chest down.  While I was in … Continue reading Great Man

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
Adversity

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
Belief

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
Challenges

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
Courage

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
Communication

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
Care

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
Balance

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
Adaptability

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
Commitment

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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