• What I’ve learned from Coach K

    Posted: September 30th, 2011

    Coack Krzyzewski has been an inspiration to me,and my family for many years. We are ” all ” such Duke fans, and even bigger fans of ” The Coach. ” He has taught me that winning-isn’t all that there is in life, it’s truly about how one plays the game. I greatly admire,how he leads by example,and I like his humility. A few years ago, I sent Coach K.-an e-mail,never expecting to get a reply…My dad who was ailing at the time is the ” biggest Duke fan ” around. I asked Coach K. if he would be kind enough to send my dad a picture of the team. Not only, did he send my dad an autographed picture with every player’s name-but he also wrote dad a personal message,and sent dad an autographed copy of his book! You should have seen the look on my dad’s face… Dad has requested to be buried with these items. Also- I am an American of Polish descent,and a native Chicagoan-just like Coach K. Could I be any more proud?? I wish him God’s blessings, and ” Let’s Go Duke. “


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

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

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 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

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
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 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

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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