WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was inducted in the Army Sports Hall of Fame, along with seven others, during a "black-tie" induction banquet Friday evening at West Point's Eisenhower Hall.
Krzyzewski, a 1969 graduate, was the team captain his senior season and helped the squad to two trips to the National Invitational Tournament. He took over as head coach at Army in 1975 and posted a 73-59 mark during his five-year tenure. Among the highlights of his time on the West Point sidelines was a trip to the NIT in 1978, Army's most recent berth in that prestigious tournament.
"This is a tremendous honor," said Krzyzewski, during his 10-minute acceptance speech."To be named to the hall of fame by the best school in the country is truly special."
Krzyzewski, who was introduced by his former head coach at West Point, Bob Knight, went on to praise the accomplishments of each of the other seven members of the induction class. He also credited Knight for being the best educator he experienced during his time at the Academy.
"West Point has been the foundation for everything in my life. It produces very genuine people. I am honored to represent our class tonight. On behalf of our class I say, "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Best-selling author and Duke graduate John Feinstein served as the master of ceremonies, while ITT Knight Vision carried the opening remarks from Superintendent Lt. Gen. Franklin K. Hagenbeck, video highlights, plaque presentations, remarks from Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, the class acceptance speech from Krzyzewski as well as interviews with the inductees live.
The Class of 2009 encompasses nine sports and the second administrator to earn distinction in the Hall of Fame. Among the many accomplishments of the group are three Army Athletic Association Award winners, inductees into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, an athletic director that retired with the rank of Major General, a three-time Patriot League Player of the Year, a five-time All-American and a three-time All-American selection.
The group is comprised of former men's basketball player and coach Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Carpenter (football and lacrosse), Ralph Chesnauskas (football, hockey and baseball), Tracy Hanlon (track and field and women's basketball), Ray Murphy (Athletic Director, lacrosse, basketball, football), Nicki Robbins (softball), Jack Rust (lacrosse) and Thomas Truxtun (lacrosse and men's soccer).
The list of prestigious honorees, including the second administrator to be elected, brings the total number of Army Sports Hall of Famers to 66.
The group will be honored during a special halftime ceremony at Saturday's Army-Duke football contest. The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports Network with kickoff at Michie Stadium slated for 12:02 p.m.
The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a comprehensive museum displaying Army's rich and proud intercollegiate athletic program. It is located on the third floor of the Kimsey Athletic Center, Army's massive football training facility that opened four years ago.