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Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski To Retire After The 2021-2022 Season

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils cuts down the net after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Krzyzewskiville will never be the same. 

As first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Hall of Fame head coach of Duke basketball Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the 2021-2022 basketball season. 

 

Krzyzewski, who will turn 75 in February, won five national titles at Duke and led the U.S. men’s basketball team to three olympic gold medals. His 1,170 victories make him the winningest Division I coach in men’s college basketball history. 

Coach K has spent 41 of his 46 years coaching at Duke, building the program into the blue-blood it is today. Along with being the all-time winningest men’s coach, he’s been to the NCAA tournament 35 times, won 12 ACC regular-season titles, 15 ACC tournament championships, and has 12 trips to the Final Four — tying him with UCLA legend John Wooden for the most ever. 

 

He’s coached over 100 players who have gone on to play in the NBA, including Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, and J.J. Redick.

The announcement sent shockwaves through the college basketball community, as Krzyzewski’s retirement comes not long after legendary North Carolina head coach Roy Williams also stepped away from the game. 

“Mike’s been fantastic for the game of basketball, he’s been fantastic for college basketball, he’s been fantastic for the ACC and the greatest rivalry in sports, Duke and North Carolina basketball,” Williams said Wednesday. “He’s been a good friend. He’s been a guy I’ve respected a great deal. He made everybody bring their A-game for years and years and years.”

“In the old days it was a little easier. There weren’t as many teams, there weren’t as many teams in the Final Four,” Williams continued. “I can remember when the ACC was a seven-team league, now it’s 15. He’s just been phenomenal in everything he’s done. The only thing wrong with Mike Krzyzewski is he doesn’t play golf.”

Former players and media members also reacted to the news, honoring the Duke coach. 

“All of us have looked at Coach K as the North Star at the Duke program. He has been the most meaningful relationship that all of us have had in basketball and with Duke,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas said on SportsCenter. “To all of us, he is Duke.”

“It is a profound moment for all of us,” Bilas continued. “I am not sure when I played for him if I contemplated how long he would remain there; he’s had opportunities to leave and go into the NBA. The Lakers at one point offered to make him the highest paid coach in sports history. He is inextricably linked with Duke and always will be. For me, I can’t imagine my life without him. I’ve been extraordinarily grateful to have had him in my life and been such a profound influence on me both in basketball and outside of it.”

Hall of Fame announcer Dick Vitale — who has been calling Duke games for decades — also weighed in.

“Just learned on vacation in Maui where we are 6 hrs earlier vs EST that Coach K is stepping down as Coach at @DukeMBB I am not shocked as we saw Roy Williams leave & now Coach K,” Vitale wrote on Twitter. “The instability & wackiness in college hoops doesn’t make for a fun time.” 

According to Goodman, Duke assistant Jon Scheyer will be the next head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. 

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