Coach K Stories

  • Thank You

    Hello Coach K, This is just a quick note to thank you and your wife Mickey for being exemplary spirits to my son-Whitey Kapsalis. Through Whitey you elevated our entire family (33 of us) to a standard that most of us aspire to. It goes beyond the “Gold Standard”; it becomes the ‘GOD Standard’. Thank … Continue reading Thank You

  • Auction

    I was spending some time with Coach K a few yeas ago during the Jimmy V Auction. Matt Dougherty had just been named the UNC coach not too long prior to the event. They were auctioning off tickets to the UNC/Duke game at the Smith Center. The auction needed some spice so Dick Vitale stepped … Continue reading Auction

  • Cherished Autograph

    I live in Southern California and normally would have very little chance of meeting Coach Krzyzewski. One day I was going home after working the night shift at the U.S. Postal Service and was listening to the morning radio show that I always listen to on the way home. They announced that one of their … Continue reading Cherished Autograph

  • YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE WHAT YOU WANT

    I HAD THE HONOR OF TRANSPORTING COACH “K” AND STAFF TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON, WV TO WATCH AND RECRUIT MR. MAYO AND MR. PATTERSON. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE BEST AND WE HAVE TO LEARN TO APPRECIATE AND ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE AND MAKE THE BEST OF IT. AS MY TWO BOYS AGES 10 & … Continue reading YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE WHAT YOU WANT

  • From the heart

    I just basically wanted to say that I think Coach K is a good human being who takes pride in life and does an excellent job teaching it along with other tools you can use in life other than basketball. Well not to mention he ain’t too bad of a Coach either. The thing that … Continue reading From the heart

  • “The Hug says it all”

    As Coach K and Duke celebrated last Sunday after defeating an inspired Baylor team at Reliant Stadium I was reminded of a defining Coach K moment for me in not-so-joyous times. Following Duke’s 1999 loss in the NCAA Championship game to UCONN the indelible image of Coach K comforting a distraught William Avery resonates with … Continue reading “The Hug says it all”

  • A handshake will last a life time.

    Growing up as a Duke fan, now 21, I had always wanted to meet one guy. That one guy was Coach K. Last season I saw my first Duke game in person when they played at Michigan. It was a very exciting game even though Duke lost. After they game I stuck around and went … Continue reading A handshake will last a life time.

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
Courage

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
Balance

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
Adversity

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
Care

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
Communication

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
Adaptability

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
Commitment

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
Belief

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
Challenges

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
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