Coach K Stories

  • My biggest dreams

    Hey, i’m only 14 years old but I have been a humongous duke fan all of my life!  I remember sitting next to my dad when I was just a little girl cheering on the players.  I was only able to really watch and understand the game starting around 5 years old so I didn’t … Continue reading My biggest dreams

  • Losing brother and friend

    During the summer of my 8th grade year at Hatton High School in North Alabama, we were planning a great big sixteenth birthday party for my brother whose birthday was on the 7th of Aug. On the sixth, we spent the night on the banks of the lake behind our house. The morning of the … Continue reading Losing brother and friend

  • Coach K and Duke Basketball in My Life

    I have been the biggest duke fan all of my life.  It began when i was just a baby sitting in my father’s lap as he was watching Duke play.  From that moment on, my winters have been devoted to watching coach k and the duke team play.  while i do not remember much being … Continue reading Coach K and Duke Basketball in My Life

  • I Wish

    My wish was to go to Duke basketball camp for a christmas gift. And it worked out, so this summer in 2006 I am gonna get to go to the camp with my friend. I can’t wait.  

  • J.J. Redick

    Coach K has had a remarkable influence on my life…even though I am only 16…every day I think about what it would be like to play for Duke. JJ Redick is my hero I love whatching him play. Since I am from Western Canada I only get to watch about 4 duke games a year … Continue reading J.J. Redick

  • Duke and Coach K. What can I say?

    Well, I just want to say that I believe Coach K to be a wonderful man. I just know in my heart that he is and I thank God so much for him. He is an amazing, brilliant, wonderful Coach and Duke is the best College Basketball team ever! They are already 16-0 after beating … Continue reading Duke and Coach K. What can I say?

  • On his passion and respect for the game

     I would personally like to say that over the last 26 years, it has been a great journey watching one human being strive for excellence. Watching the Duke program fall from grace in 1978 (with respect to quality and quantity wins) to the meteoric heights and lofty expectations the program enjoys now is immense. A … Continue reading On his passion and respect for the game


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

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

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 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

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

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

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
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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