Coach K Stories

  • That GREAT 1965 Weber Team

    The Weber HS 1965 Basketball Team: Captain Mike Krzyzewski – #44 / Terry Kohler – #41 / Lenny Koplitz – #43 / Tom ‘Buff’ Kleinschmidt – #42 and Larry ‘Tex” Lubash – #55. I’m positive he knows that group had the Chicago Catholic League Championship locked-up if not for a tricked-up four-corner slow-down game plan … Continue reading That GREAT 1965 Weber Team

  • Coach K

    Being a midwestern girl, in Big 10 country, we are brought up to despise the ACC – specifically Duke! But a funny thing happened while on maternity leave with my first daughter in 1992 … I became a Duke fan – actually a Coach K fan! The way he conducts himself on the court and … Continue reading Coach K

  • My Coach K Story

    Coach K is the most important person in my life. Why? Religion. You see, I was never a religious man until my late 30s when I started watching basketball. I was into drugs and alcohol, and looking to find my way out of it. I found college basketball. It was just a few years ago, … Continue reading My Coach K Story

  • A Helping Reminder

    Coach K, I received “Leading With The Heart” from a college hockey coaching great back in 2004. I read it still on a regular basis, bring it on every challenging road game and pretty much worn it out. Back in 2005, I wrote you a letter explaining my situation in Virginia, MN as a small … Continue reading A Helping Reminder

  • Letting it bounce off…..

    I’ve been a fan of the Blue Devils for 18 years to the day. My father used to have to attend GTE conferences in R.D. during the time that the Duke team most people remember was in school. He was very into watching them play, and talked often of a player named Grant Hill, but … Continue reading Letting it bounce off…..

  • Inspiration

    Coach K Has inspired me to become a better person in Basketball and outside of basketball not to make bad decisions in life. Coach K should try to reach out to those ones that didn’t make it to the team because he did to me and it was amazing what happened just seeing how much … Continue reading Inspiration

  • Coach K’s compassion

    This is not really a story but I was hoping you would pass this along to Coach K. I am a 53 year old female who has loved sports all of her life. My favorite pastime is to watch sports events. Nothing is better than college basketball. I was watching Duke the other day on … Continue reading Coach K’s compassion


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

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

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

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

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

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
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