Coach K Stories

  • Coach K

    My son picked out Duke as his team at an early age.  He is now 34 and has been Coaching Basketball since he was 22.  He loves Coach K and never misses a Duke game that is televised.  I hope someday he gets to go to a Duke game.   When babysitting at my son’s, … Continue reading Coach K

  • Leadership

    Coach K has just simply been an insperation when it comes to leadership.  His teams are so close, like brothers.  Each one of them are family.  Everyone of his players and coaches come from extremly different backgrounds, yet he gets them to work as one.  They all fight for the main goal, not as individuals.  … Continue reading Leadership

  • Go Duke

    HI my name is Travis Hissong. I am a very big Duke fan and i look up to you and the Duke players very much. I feel as though you are a very good role model and leader. I start on my 8th grade school basketball team and try to mimic my game like the … Continue reading Go Duke

  • There for the kids

    What an inspiration to see how available Coach K is to the kids, and the time he takes to talk with them as individuals.  My sons were able to meet him, get his autograph, get pictures, and he treats them all like they were his own.  At one point, he took the time to clarify … Continue reading There for the kids

  • A Class Act

    Just over a year ago, our now 12 year old son, Cody, had open heart surgery to replace two valves in his heart.  It was a birth defect, which he had lived with, his whole life; limiting the amount of physical activity he was allowed, VERY hard for a boy who loves sports.  Cody has … Continue reading A Class Act

  • My Dream

    All my life i have only had one dream, to meet my idol and my hero, Michael William Krzyzewski for who we all call Coach K.  Then in 2003, when i was the manager for the high school basketball team, the coach came up to me and asked me "Tyler, we are going to Duke, … Continue reading My Dream

  • Coach K in Mexico

    Coach K  means for me :   HardWork — Because always you talk by your work Discipline– Because without it you never go to your goals !  Sacrifice– Because you family miss you ! Inspiration and motivation to do anything in this world ! ! I have a lot of respect to coach "K" and He is … Continue reading Coach K in Mexico


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

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

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
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

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

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

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 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
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