Coach K Stories

  • Basketball Inspiration

    I am a kid who plays not much but some. I go to camps and work hard but I am the 7th man on my team. Coach K has inspired me to play with passion and pride. I am a duke fan. I play basketball because I feel it is the only place where I … Continue reading Basketball Inspiration

  • Coach K’s Impact on My Life

    I have never met Coach Krzyzewski, nor have I ever spoken w/him, regardless of this he has had a great positive impact on my life. A quick backstory how Coach Krzyzewski has come to mean so much to me. When I was thirteen years old (I am thirty now) I went on a family vacation … Continue reading Coach K’s Impact on My Life

  • Weber High School

    Dear Coach K.–I am a Prof. Emeritus at the U. of MD.  Between 1954 and ’67, I was the A..D. and b.ball coach of "Flies" and "Bantams" at Leo H.S. in the South Side of Chicago.  I cannot recall the name of the priest who was A.D. at Weber in those days when I was Pres. of … Continue reading Weber High School

  • If I played for Duke…

    Coach K is so inspiring to me.   After all the tradigies he had to face with his family he shows to be a leader to me and an amazing coach. If I played for duke I would be the happiest player. Thank you for letting me share this.

  • Duke

    I used to follow my brother’s team but when I saw you and Duke I found my team.  

  • Camp

    I just wanted to let you know that your camp helped me out so much. I have improved a lot since I went to camp there and now play ball for the community team. I thought I would try to send you this letter to show my appreciation. 

  • Inspiring

    I attended a Nike Coaches Clinic in Minneapolis, MN back in the early ’90’s. Coach K was a featured speaker. He spoke from the bball court dressed in warmups while we all sat in the bleachers. The informal nature of the presentation was great. Coach K gave his spiel and then opened it up for … Continue reading Inspiring


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

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

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

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

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

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
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