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Coach K

Winning seasons, superb graduation rates for his players and a basketball team that is as close as family are all attributes that reflect on the man who is now in his 37th year as the head coach of the Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski.

Although some still stumble with pronouncing and spelling his name, when people speak of the highest level of success in the college basketball world, the name Krzyzewski (Sha-shef-skee) immediately comes to mind.

Coach K

The numbers under Coach K are staggering:

  • College Basketball's All-Time Winningest Head Coach (1,043 and counting)
  • 37 years at Duke
  • 5 national titles, 12 Final Fours
  • 32 NCAA bids (including 21 straight years)
  • 31 All-Americans (45 honors)
  • 13 ACC Tourney titles, 12 ACC regular-season crowns
  • 90 NCAA Tourney wins
  • 53 NBA picks (32 first round)
  • 21 NBA lottery picks
  • 16 seasons No. 1 (11 of past 19 years) - AP Poll
  • 90-27 NCAA Tourney mark(winningest all-time)
  • 3 Olympic Gold Medals, 2 World Championships as National Head Coach

Entering the 2016-17 season, Coach K owns a 1043-321 record in 41 years of coaching, including a 970-262 mark at Duke. The Hall of Famer is the winningest coach in Division I men's college basketball history.

Coach K's wins records offer evidence of his success, but even more impressive are the five national championships. The fifth title came in 2015 with a win over Wisconsin in Indianapolis while he also led Duke to the championship in 2010, 2001 and to back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992, making him one of only two coaches since UCLA's John Wooden with such an accomplishment. In 2005-06, Krzyzewski passed Wooden to move into first on the chart of coaches who have led their respective schools to a No. 1 national ranking. Coach K has now led Duke to the top spot in the AP poll in 16 seasons, including 11 of the last 18 years. In total, Duke has been ranked No. 1 in 19 of the past 31 seasons (AP/national champs)

Coach K

He and the Blue Devils have been a fixture on the national basketball scene with 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 1996-2016. Overall, he has taken his program to postseason play in 33 of his 36 years at Duke and is the winningest active coach in NCAA Tournament play with a stunning 90-27 record. On March 20, 2005, Krzyzewski surpassed Dean Smith's career tournament win total of 65 with a triumph over Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and became college basketball's all-time wins leader in 2012-13 after a win over Michigan State in Madison Square Garden.

To top off an incredible year in 2001, after Duke won its third national championship, Krzyzewski was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class along with Temple's John Chaney and former NBA star Moses Malone. The induction ceremony was held in Springfield, Mass., on October 5, 2001. In typical Coach K fashion, he was adamant in sharing the honor with those around him.

"I hope that all of those youngsters who have played for me and the people who have worked with me will share in this honor," he said. "My mom always told me to associate myself with great people and great institutions. I've tried to do that at the United States Military Academy and at Duke University, two of the great institutions in the world. As a result, I've been around some amazing people."

"I never thought I'd be worthy enough to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame. It's not anything you set out trying to achieve. Basically, you go about your business and try to be as good as you can be all the time. Again, I get back to coaching great players and being with great assistants. They bring out the best in you."

Coach K

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Did You Know...

Cameron has been Duke's home since January 6, 1940. Since then, the Blue Devils have enjoyed 18 undefeated seasons in Cameron and won over 830 games.

Duke has only lost nine home games in the past nine seasons.

Duke has won an NCAA-best 125 consecutive non-conference home games, dating back to 2000.

Duke has the longest sellout streak in college/NBA basketball, dating back to 1990.

Duke's longest home ACC win streak is 29 games (from 1960-65) and its longest overall win streak is 46 games (1997-2000).

Sports Illustrated and ESPN both ranked Cameron the best basketball venue in the country.

Duke has finished undefeated at home in four of the past seven seasons.

The floor in Cameron was named Coach K Court during the 2000-01 season in honor of Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S

TOP SPORTS VENUES IN THE WORLD

  1. Yankee Stadium
  2. Augusta National
  3. Michie Stadium
  4. Cameron
  5. Bislett Stadium
  6. Wrigley Field
  7. Roland Garros
  8. Lambeau Field
  9. Fenway Park
  10. Saratoga Raceway

ESPN'S

TOP AMERICAN SPORTS VENUES

  1. Wrigley Field
  2. Cameron
  3. Lambeau Field
  4. Chicago Stadium / United Center
  5. SBC Park
  6. Joe Louis Arena
  7. Notre Dame Stadium
  8. Fenway Park
  9. Yankee Stadium
  10. Boston Garden

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