Coach K Stories

  • Duke

    Duke has been my favorite college basketball team since I was in 6th grade. It is my life long dream to play for the Duke Women’s Basketball Team. And I believe it would be an honor for me to suit up and play for them!

  • My Idol

    I have been a Duke basketball fan since I came out of the womb. I have always felt that Coach K was a very great coach and does the right things in many situations. I enjoy just watching his manerisms on the bench. I guess this is why when I was no longer able to … Continue reading My Idol

  • My Dream

    Coach K has changed my dream from being just a ball player into becoming a great basketball coach! Using my love/knowledge of the game, I want to help young athletes to succeed in life and play basketball.  

  • What Direction?

    Growing up in ALexandria, VA I have loved Duke and all that it is about every since I opened my eyes.  I was fourtunate to have the ability to choose who and what I will follow and not have that chosen for me. Coach K has been a model for all things that I have … Continue reading What Direction?

  • Follow Your Heart

    It was last year when my grandparents wanted me to transfer to a private school because of my athletic ability. It is tough beging black in a white school. I get called names all the time. I stayed because there is a special pride I get when I put that jersey on and no matter … Continue reading Follow Your Heart

  • A Great Desire

    I just want to thank you for inspiring me to work on my skills every single day. I attented your camp this summer and I learned how much passion and desire you have to contain if you trully want to be great. Since your camp I have developed my skills and I am improving my … Continue reading A Great Desire

  • Trust

    I am a very fortunate person, I have two instances where Coach K has affected not only my life, but also two other peoples lives too. There have been two particular instances where I have requested autographs for special people in my life.  Each time, Coach K fulfilled my request without any hesitation.  Coach K … Continue reading Trust


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

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

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

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

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
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