• A Friend

    Posted: December 3rd, 2005


    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, and the tears in his eyes, when he came in and heard the tragic news.  Obvoiusly this was a emotional time for my mother and my family. 

    Coach came in the next day with a box full of Duke autographed  items.  Some nice young ladies in the area made a huge banner to hang in my fathers ICU room.  He asked if he may sign it, and of course I said yes.  His words will forever touch my  fathers heart. "Dear Billy, stay positive.  I am pulling for you, Thanks for being MY friend." Mike Krzyzewski. 

    I will forever be grateful for the visits in the hospital.  But those words spoke volumes.  To this day, Coach and my father are friends.  They joke and laugh like old pals.  He will always be Coach K., but we are so proud to call him "friend".

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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