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Mike Krzyzewski 2013 USA Basketball Bio
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Release: 05/23/2013
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Mike Krzyzewski

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the U.S. Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the 66-year-old Krzyzewski (Sha-shef-skee) has a remarkable record of achievement at Duke University, while also boasting of extensive international experience.

Krzyzewski in 2012-13 led Duke to a 30-6 record, the program’s 13th 30-win sea¬son. The Blue Devils also made their 18th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and earned the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region.  Advancing to the Elite Eight, it marked the 13th time in the last 16 seasons that Duke reached at least the Sweet Sixteen.

Selected the National Collegiate Coach of the Year 12 times in eight different seasons, Coach K has averaged 26.8 wins per season during his 33-year career at Duke and posted 13 30-win seasons, including 30 or more victories in 10 of the past 16 years. Krzyzewski's 13 30-win seasons are the most in NCAA Division I basketball history.

Krzyzewski owns a dazzling 957-297 career record and a remarkable 76.3 winning percentage in his 38 years of collegiate coaching. In 33 seasons at the Durham campus, he has logged a spectacular record of 884-238 for a striking 78.8 winning percentage.

He currently ranks first all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.

Under Krzyzewski, Duke has captured four national championships (1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010) which lists him tied for second for the most titles in NCAA Division I history.  He has directed teams to 11 Final Fours, which ranks tied for second most by any coach in NCAA history, trailing only legendary UCLA mentor John Wooden by one. Krzyzewski’s 82 NCAA victories stand as the all-time NCAA record, and his 107 NCAA Tournament games is also an NCAA all-time best. Owning an amazing 76.6 winning percentage in NCAA Tournament games, he ranks only behind legend John Wooden (47-10 / .825 winning percentage) in all-time winning percentage (minimum of 40 NCAA games), while ranking highest among active coaches.

Duke teams under Krzyzewski have earned 29 NCAA Tournament bids, including 18 consecutive; claimed 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and 13 ACC Tournament championships; compiled 884 total victories, 349 ACC regular season wins and 82 NCAA Tournament victories.

His players have earned National Player of the Year honors nine times, claimed National Defensive Player of the Year honors nine times, and been named All-American 41 times. Forty-five of his players have been NBA Draft selections (through 2012 NBA Draft), including 25 first-rounders.

Krzyzewski attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and while there lettered three years in basketball (1967, 1968 and 1969) and was captain of Army’s 1969 NIT fourth place finishing team.  He directed service teams for three years and followed that up as head coach of the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Fort Belvoir, Va., for two years.

In 1974 he resigned from the Army having attained the rank of Captain. When Krzyzewski was just 26, Bob Knight, his former coach at Army, hired him as a graduate assistant at Indiana University. That 1975 IU squad posted an 18-0 Big Ten Conference mark and an overall 31-1 record.

Accepting the head coaching position at his alma mater following his season at IU, Krzyzewski spent five years (1975-76 through 1979-80) building the West Point program and led the Cadets to one NIT berth, one Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoff appearance and a five-year record of 73-59 (.53 winning percentage).

Making his first appearance on a USA bench in 1979, Krzyzewski has now manned the sidelines for the United States off and on for 35 years. In that time, he has done it all. Since 1979 he has been involved as a coach with 13 USA teams and has helped lead the U.S. to nine gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. All told, USA teams with Coach K a part of their coaching staff have compiled a 112-7 overall mark for an incredible 94.1 winning percentage. As a head coach of nine USA teams, he has logged an 81-7 mark for a stellar 92.0 winning percentage.

Krzyzewski is the only USA Basketball men's coach to have won gold at the Olympics and the FIBA World Championship, while also possessing an NCAA Championship. In 2012 he became only the second basketball coach ever to lead U.S. teams to back-to-back Olympic gold medals (Henry Iba won Olympic championships in 1964 and 1968).

His efforts have been so noteworthy that he has been selected the recipient of USA Basketball’s National Coach of the Year Award a record five times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012), and is a finalist for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year.

Krzyzewski was named on Sept. 26, 2005, head coach of the newly formed USA Basketball Men’s National Team program for 2006-2008. Over the course of the next three summers, he led the USA national team to a 36-1 overall record.  Under Krzyzewski, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team recaptured Olympic gold, compiling a record of 8-0 in the process, while defeating opponents by an average of 27.8 points a game.  Prior to the Olympics, Coach K guided the USA Basketball National Team to a 5-0 record in its exhibition tour.  He also directed the Americans to a 10-0 record and gold medal finish in the FIBA Americas Championship, which also served as the zone-qualifying event for the 2008 Olympics.  In 2006, the U.S. finished the FIBA World Championship in Japan with an 8-1 record and the bronze medal.

On July 21, 2009, USA Basketball announced that Coach K would return as head coach of the USA Men's National Team program for a second quadrennium.

The 2009-10 year was a remarkable one for Coach K.  He directed his Duke Blue Devils to a fourth NCAA National Championship, then in the summer, led the USA men to their first FIBA World Championship gold medal since 1994.  Without any 2008 Olympians on the U.S. roster, and featuring six players under the age of 22, Krzyzewski led the U.S. to a perfect 9-0 record at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. Relying on depth and defense, he got the best out of his team as the USA won its nine games by an average of 24.6 points per contest. Holding teams to just 38.1 percent shooting, the U.S. defense allowed its opponents an average of just 68.2 points per game. USA National Team newcomer Kevin Durant was named the MVP of the ‘10 World Championship after setting USA World Championship scoring records (205 points and 22.8 ppg.).

The 2012 version of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team was an electrifying, high-octane scoring team. Krzyzewski’s squad posted an 8-0 record, earned a second consecutive Olympic gold medal, and compiled an average margin of victory of 32.1 points a game. The golden 2012 U.S. team featured five members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team - Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams; five members of the 2010 USA World Championship Team - Tyson Chandler, Durant, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook; and two USA National Team newcomers – Anthony Davis and James Harden. Additionally, the 2012 USA National Team went  5-0 during its exhibition tour.