Mike Krzyzewski to retire from Duke after coming season
The most successful coach in NCAA men’s basketball history is planning to retire after the 2021-2022 campaign, media reports said.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman announced on Wednesday that Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the end of the upcoming season. He is one of five coaches with over 1,000 wins.
Goodman reported that associate head coach Jon Scheyer is the main candidate to replace Krzyzewski.
BREAKING: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski decided to retire after coming season, multiple sources said @Stadium. Official announcement expected soon.
The main candidate to replace K is assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer.
– Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021
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Krzyzewski has been the head of Duke’s men’s basketball team since 1980 and has turned the program into a powerhouse. Under his leadership, the Blue Devils have won five NCAA tournament titles, reached 12 Final Fours, won the ACC regular season title 12 times, and the ACC tournament 15 times.
His career record stands at 1170-361. In the 2018 season, he passed Pat Summitt of Tennessee for the most wins for a Division I basketball coach and the following year passed Harry Statham of McKendree University for the most. wins by any coach at any level of college basketball.
Prior to the 2020-21 campaign, Duke had reached the NCAA tournament every year since the 1994-95 season. However, last season the Blue Devils struggled to finish 13-11. The three-time winner of Naismith College Coach of the Year has ensured Duke ends the season with at least 25 wins in 22 of his last 24 years at the helm.
Krzyzewski’s coaching career began as an assistant under Bob Knight in the 1974-75 season before moving on to become the army’s head coach the following year. He led the Black Knights from 1975 to 1980 and had a 73-59 military record.
In addition to coaching at Duke, Krzyzewski has also coached five US Olympic gold medal-winning basketball teams. He was an assistant on the 1984 and 1992 teams before taking over as head coach and leading the team to gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.