Coach K Stories

  • Believe

    Coach Krzyzewski has affected me by the way he displays leadership and confidence. By doing that he tought me, if you believe in yourself and the others around you, you can accomplish anything with hard work. Going to the Duke Baketball Camp really helped me believe.

  • A Friend

    December 21, 2000 was the worst day of my life.  My family owns a convenience store about 5 minutes from the University, one that Coach shops at  frequently.  That night, my father was shot in an attempted robbery.  The shot destroyed over 60% of his liver. I will never forget the look on Coach’s face, … Continue reading A Friend

  • Follow Your Heart

    Coach Mike Krzyzewski has tought me the power of Following Your Heart. Follow Your HeartBy: Farouk G. Mansour When you feel that your lost and torn apart. Follow your greatest compass your heart. When you are feeling down, and you are wearing a frown.Your Heart has the ability to turn that around. When a decision … Continue reading Follow Your Heart

  • My Father

    My dad loves basketball.  In fact he coached the girls basketball team at the middle school where he worked for 8 years.  He eats, breathes, and lives the sport.  I have been raised in a Duke only house hold.  My dad often jokes with me saying, "Channing, your lucky you were born at four in … Continue reading My Father

  • Thanks for visiting my father Richard L. Vanderbloemen

    Mr Krzyzewski came to visit my father about a month ago on the 9th floor of the Duke Univ. Medical Center.  My dad was undergoing a stem-cell transplant.  Due to complications, my dad passed away two nights ago.  The impact that Duke Basketball had on my family was tremendous growing up.  We looked at Coach … Continue reading Thanks for visiting my father Richard L. Vanderbloemen

  • Coach K reveals his true character

    Having long been a fan of Coach K and Duke Basketball, I am honored to play a small role in the organization by designing and maintaining this site. I am a Coach K fan for many reasons but the following anecdote stands out in my mind as a perfect example of what a coach can … Continue reading Coach K reveals his true character


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

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
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

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

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

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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