DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was named co-recipient of the 2012 USA Basketball National Coach of
the Year Award after leading the USA Men's National Team to the gold medal at
the 2012 Olympics in London. Krzyzewski received the honor alongside Geno
Auriemma, who led the USA Women's National Team to a gold-medal finish in
London, as well.
The award is the fifth for Krzyzewski, who also received
the honor in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
"Well first of all, (this award means) continuity,"
Krzyzewski said. "In other words, in order to have an opportunity to keep
winning them means you had great teams that accomplished. For any coaching
award, it's what the players have done. It's LeBron James, and Kobe (Bryant),
and Kevin Durant and all of those guys coming through. I've been a lucky guy to
be a part of it for seven years, and in five of the years there was some kind
Krzyzewski led the USA men to an 8-0 record in the 2012
Olympics in London, England, and led the USA Men's National Team to a 5-0
exhibition slate in the run up to the Games.
"Coach K meant everything to our success," said LeBron
James (Miami Heat), USA guard and three-time Olympian. "He came in with his
mindset, his game plan and with his truths and beliefs, and we all followed
him. He meant everything to our team and it has been an honor to play for him."
Winning its Olympic games by an average of 32.1 points
per game, the USA's 156 points scored in a victory against Nigeria on Aug. 2
were the most points scored by any team in Olympic Games history.
The USA listed No. 1 in six of 13 major statistical
categories among the 12-team Olympic field, including points per game (115.5),
field goal percentage (.523), 3-point percentage (.440), rebound average
(44.6), steals per game (10.4) and assists per game (25.0).
Among 2012 Olympic single-game bests, the USA listed No.
1 in points scored (156), field goals made (59), field goal attempts (88),
field goal percentage (.711), 3-pointers made (29), 3-point attempts (46,
twice), 3-point percentage (.630), free throws made (28), free throw attempts
(38), assists (41) and steals (17); and the team established U.S. Olympic
single-game records for points scored, field goals made, field-goal percentage,
3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and assists (tied).
Under Krzyzewski's guidance, the team set U.S. Olympic
competition records for 3-pointers made (129), 3-pointers attempted (293),
3-point percentage (.440), rebounds (357, eight games) and highest rebound
Taking part in USA Basketball's Hoops for Troops program
as well, Krzyzewski and the USA Men's National Team conducted an open practice
for approximately 3,100 military members and their families on July 14 at the
Currently in his 33rd season at Duke, Krzyzewski led his
team to a 27-7 record in 2011-12, reaching his 27th NCAA Tournament and
recording his 903rd win to become Division I college basketball's all-time wins
The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for
selecting USA Basketball's annual awards.
The National Coach of the Year award was established in
1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who, during the year of the
award, made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team
performance at the highest level of competition.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a
nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's
basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for
basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for
the selection; training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA
sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in
the Olympics, men's and women's FIBA World Championships; women's FIBA U19 World
Champions; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men's and
women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; as well as the women's FIBA
3X3 World Championship and 3x3 U18 World Championship.
USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of
FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and
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