Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino joined the Duke staff in August of 2002 and was elevated to the role of associate director of the Legacy Fund in the summer of 2010. She also coordinates the basketball program’s external relations. Savarino began as program coordinator of the K Lab, prior to being named director of external relations for Duke Basketball in August 2004. She was the assistant director of the Legacy Fund for three years prior to being promoted to her current role.
Savarino has fundraising responsibilities within the Legacy Fund, a 13-year old fund established to ultimately endow the entire basketball program. In addition, she is the main liaison with Duke basketball’s external relationships – most significantly being the Duke Children’s Hospital, the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center, the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation and the K Lab. Savarino also oversees the Duke Basketball banquet and the annual team poster production.
The oldest daughter of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Savarino is involved in many community activities, including serving on the board of the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center. Additionally, she will assist fundraising efforts at Duke, including special event coordination around the K Academy and Legacy Fund events.
A 1993 Duke graduate with a degree in sociology, she and her husband, Peter, reside in Durham with their four children, Joey, Michael, Carlyn and Emelia.
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