College basketball's ALL-TIME winningest coach

  • 04  NCAA Titles

  • 11  Final Fours

  • 25  ACC Championships

Got started picking teams on the playgrounds of Chicago. Now picking teams for the United States of America and Duke University. More wins than any coach in history. Has represented Duke so well they named Cameron Indoor's famous basketball court after him. All-time leader in National Players of the Year, National DPOY, 1st-round picks, lottery picks and NCAA Tournament wins. 27 straight Duke graduating classes have enjoyed a Final Four and/or an ACC championship.

  • 04

    National Championships
    1991, 1992, 2001, 2010

  • 11

    Final Four
    1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010

  • 13

    ACC Tournament Titles
    1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • 12

    ACC Regular-Season Titles
    1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010

Greatest Ever

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College Basketball's All-Time Wins Leader & America's
Best Coach.

Interactive Timeline


Under Bob Knight, Coach K is captain of the Army basketball team his senior season.

"On the court & off, Krzyzewski is a family man first, a teacher 2nd, a basketball coach 3rd, & a winner at all three. He is what's right about sports."

-The Sporting News

"I like the way they've
done it on the court, off the court & over time. Those three areas are what I'm continuously striving to do."

-Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

Nov. 28, 1975

Coach K wins his first basketball game as head coach, leading West Point to victory over Lehigh 56-29.

March 18, 1980

Coach K is introduced as Duke's head basketball coach.

"You can mix unlimited academic expectations with unlimited winning. That's what Coach K has proven at Duke.
But... maybe what says it best is this: Isn't Duke where you would want your son to play?"

-USA Today

"Mike is the coach of this generation. He has the ideal program... He has the highest profile of all of us coaches...
You could make a case that he will be the greatest college coach of all."

-Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

Nov. 29, 1980

Coach K wins his first game as Duke's coach, 67-49 over Stetson.

Feb. 28, 1981

Gene Banks scores 25 including a buzzer-beater that forces OT as Duke defeats UNC for Coach K's first win over the rival Tar Heels.

"They're the standard, & it's always nice to know how you stack up against what the standard is."

-Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

"He has a chance at Duke to get to a point where you might be able to argue he was the greatest at what he did, like a Ted Williams or a Joe DiMaggio."

-Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

March 15, 1985

A 75-62 victory over Pepperdine gives Coach K his first victory in the NCAA Tournament. David Henderson scores 22 points & Johnny Dawkins nets 21.

March 2, 1986

An 82-74 victory over North Carolina gives Duke its first ACC regular season title since 1966 & its first perfect home record (15-0) since 1978.

"He is not a man who can just be described as a hugely successful basketball coach. We are talking about one of
the great leaders, motivators, & humanitarians of sport."

-CBS' Jim Nantz

"Mike Krzyzewski has become the most dominant coaching force in all of college basketball. The numbers don't shock me & they will continue to grow as he is a complete leader in every way."

-ESPN's Dick Vitale

March 9, 1986

A 68-67 win over Georgia Tech gives Coach K his first ACC Tournament championship.

March 23, 1986

Duke beats Navy, 71-50, to send Coach K to his first Final Four. Johnny Dawkins scores 28 points, & Duke overcomes a 23-point, 10-rebound effort by David Robinson.

"Mike has been the face & voice of college basketball for almost 20 years. Tell me another sport that could have a better representative."

-CBS' Jim Nantz

"He is a master motivator, teacher, communicator & genuine solid gold Hall of Famer."

-ESPN's Dick Vitale

March 29, 1986

A 71-67 win over Kansas puts Coach K in his first national championship game & makes Duke the first team in NCAA history to win 37 games in a season. The Blue Devils limit Kansas All-American Danny Manning to four points on 2-of-9 shooting.

March 16, 1990

Duke beats Richmond in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 81-46, making Coach K the Blue Devils' winningest coach with 227 victories. Coach K also gets his 300th career victory.

"Knowing Mike & his family, the way he relates to people, ...& his unimpeachable integrity, he would make a great president... Not the President of Duke University, but the President of the US."

-CBS' Jim Nantz

"Love them or hate them, there's no escaping the Duke Blue Devils. Like the NY Yankees, Manchester United or Tiger Woods, the Blue Devils define an entire sport, no matter who holds the championship trophy in a given year."


March 24, 1990

Duke becomes the seventh school to earn three straight Final Four trips, beating Connecticut, 79-78, on a 15-foot shot at the buzzer by Christian Laettner.

March 30, 1991

Duke upsets unbeaten UNLV, considered at the time the greatest team in college basketball history, 79-77, to advance to the NCAA championship for the fifth time & avenge its 1990 loss to the Rebels.

"It makes me a proud player every day we go to practice to know that this guy, Coach K, coached Kobe & LeBron. It's just a great feeling."

-Nolan Smith

"It's an honor. He has coached the best, won a gold medal. I'm proud to be playing for such an honored & respected coach."

-Nolan Smith

April 1, 1991

Coach K's 336th career victory gives him his first national title. Duke beats Kansas, 72-65. Christian Laettner is named the most outstanding player, scoring a game-high 18 points & going 12-for-12 from the foul line.

March 28, 1992

In perhaps the best college basketball game in history, Christian Laettner hits a buzzer-beating jumper on a long inbounds pass from Grant Hill, & Duke gets a 104-103 overtime win over Kentucky to earn its fifth straight Final Four appearance.

"It's a dream to play for a guy like that -- a guy who's just a rock, who believes in you every second you're on the court. I love Coach K. I'd run through a brick wall for him."

-Jason Williams

"We had a blast at Duke. We won, we played big games, we worked hard. We won a national championship."

-Carlos Boozer

April 6, 1992

Duke beats Michigan, 71-51, in front of a record crowd of 50,379 to join UCLA as the only teams to repeat as national champions. The Blue Devils (34-2) become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to stay No. 1 from the preseason ranking through the postseason tournament.

Summer, 1992

Coach K is an assistant coach to Chuck Daly on the U.S. Olympic team featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird & Magic Johnson. Christian Laettner is the lone collegiate player on the "Dream Team," which wins the gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.

"I just love Coach K & the Duke program; they recruit good people & have good people around the program, which is something I really admire."

-Kyle Singler

"I think he stayed true to who he was as a person growing up as a kid in Chicago & the toughness he had. You want to find something in life you can be passionate about & go after it. That is what he does."

-Bobby Hurley

March 26, 1994

Duke upsets Purdue, 69-60, to advance to the Final Four for the sixth time in seven years. Coach K moves into third place on the list of most Final Four appearances, trailing John Wooden (12) & Dean Smith (11).

Feb. 28, 1998

After watching his Blue Devils rally from a 17-point 2nd half deficit, Coach K gets his 500th coaching victory & his 2nd straight ACC regular season championship with a 77-75 home win over North Carolina. Coach K becomes the 76th coach to win 500 games as the Devils finish unbeaten at home & become the first team to win 15 conference games in a season.

"The most important thing of all about Coach K is that he taught me the principles & values that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

-Grant Hill

"Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on."

-Coach K

Feb 27, 1999

Duke beats UNC by 20 points in Chapel Hill, 81-61, to become the first team to finish 16-0 in the ACC. The Blue Devils set a school record with their 24th straight victory & go unbeaten in the ACC for the first time since 1963. The Devils defeated the Tar Heels for the third time on the year in the ACC Championship Game (96-73) about a week later.

March 21, 1999

Duke powers past Temple 85-64 to reach the Final Four & later beats Michigan State, 68-62, to advance to the national championship game for the sixth time under Coach K. The Duke Head Coach improves his record in the NCAA Tournament to 48-13 to pass John Wooden for 2nd place on the all-time list.

"It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward."

-Coach K

"Effective teamwork begins & ends with communication."

-Coach K

June 30, 1999

Duke becomes the first school in the history of the NBA Draft to have four players from the same team - Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon, Corey Maggette & William Avery - selected in the first round. Brand, who became the first player to be taken number one under Coach K, Langdon & Maggette were lottery picks.

Nov. 17, 2000

A 98-85 victory over Villanova in Durham gives Coach K his 500th win as Duke's coach. He becomes just the third coach to win 500 games at one school in 21 seasons or fewer. Following the win, Duke unveils Coach K Court. The words Coach K Court appear in two squares at both ends of the fabled Cameron court.

"Coach K's a great coach, a great teacher & a great person. I trust him. I trust him like no other."

-Elton Brand

"[His] principles & values transcend basketball. They can be a guide for success in whatever you do in life -- whether that is running a big business, ministering to a church, coaching a sports team, or simply trying to achieve your dreams."

-Grant Hill

March 11, 2001

A 79-53 victory over North Carolina gives Coach K coaching victory No. 600 & his sixth ACC championship.

March 31, 2001

Duke overcomes a record-setting 22-point first half deficit in a 95-84 victory over Maryland that sends Coach K into his seventh national championship game. He becomes the first Duke coach to amass 100 wins in a span of just three seasons.

"He has become college basketball's sensei, the master in 'Kung Fu,' Yoda in 'Star Wars'… You fear him, you figure he knows something you don't."

-ESPN's Mitch Albom

"Making shots counts, but not as much as the people who make them."

-Coach K

April 2, 2001

Duke beats Arizona, 82-72, to make Coach K the fourth coach to win three NCAA crowns. The Blue Devils become the 2nd team since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams to win every tournament game by at least 10 points. Duke sets NCAA records for wins in a four-year period (133) & all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage (76.8).

May 30, 2001

In his first year of eligibility, Coach K is voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He joins Temple's John Chaney & Texas Tech's Bob Knight as the only active college coaches to be enshrined.

"Growing up, when I first got exposed to watching basketball on TV, Duke was always the team that I watched. Once I started playing, I used to think to myself that when I practiced, I was practicing to be a Blue Devil."

-Kyle Singler

"He's been the best, & I don't think I would have gotten that anywhere besides Duke. Duke was the greatest experience of my life."

-Elton Brand

Nov. 14, 2001

The 54-year-old Coach K signs a lifetime contract with Duke six months after guiding his Blue Devils to its third national title.

March 10, 2002

Duke becomes the first school to win the ACC Tournament four years in a row, beating N.C. State 91-61 for its seventh ACC championship under Coach K.

"You can go anywhere if you want to be a basketball player. If you want to learn what excellence is & be the best leader, basketball player & person you can be… there is no one like Coach K."

-Christian Laettner

"He knows the game. I haven't doubted him one time. He's always 100 percent right in what he says."

-Elton Brand

June 26, 2002

Duke's Jason Williams (2nd) & Mike Dunleavy (3rd) become the second pair of teammates to be taken among the top three picks in an NBA Draft. The Blue Devil duo joined UCLA's Lew Alcindor & Lucious Allen, who went number one & three, in 1969.  In addition, Carlos Boozer is chosen in the second round of the draft.

March 16, 2003

Duke earns its league-record fifth consecutive ACC Tournament championship with an 84-77 victory over N.C. State in Greensboro, N.C. Duke's Daniel Ewing was named MVP of the tournament.

"Coach Krzyzewski has values, an innate sense of decency & a commitment to friends & family I admire."

-Former United States President George Bush

"Even if he didn't go to West Point, his character alone would make me a big fan of his."

-Former United States President George Bush

July 5, 2004

Coach K announces that he has turned down the Los Angeles Lakers' offer to become head coach. "Duke has always taken up my whole heart," Coach K stated in a packed press conference that was aired live nationally.

Dec, 12, 2004

With an 82-54 victory over Toledo in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach K picks up his 700th career win. He becomes the 2nd fastest coach to reach the milestone behind Bob Knight.

"He & everyone in his program play to win in life, & that's the way it should be."

-Former United States President George Bush

"No matter what the situation is, Coach K is so confident & we know that he's going to lead us to the promised land. The only thing we have to do is listen to what he says."

-Chris Duhon

March 13, 2005

Coach K & the Blue Devils celebrate the 2005 ACC Tournament championship with a 69-64 win over Georgia Tech.

March 20, 2005

Thanks to a 63-55 second round triumph over Mississippi State in Charlotte, Coach K surpasses Dean Smith on the all-time NCAA Tournament victory chart with his 66th win.

"The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions."

-Coach K

"Coach K is not like other human beings. He doesn't have off-days. I've never been around Coach when he hasn't been great, whether he's coaching or just talking to you."

-J.J. Redick

Oct. 26, 2005

Coach K is named the head coach of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program for 2006-08.

March 12, 2006

In his 1,000th game as a head coach, Coach K guides Duke to a 78-76 win over Boston College in the ACC Championship game, claiming his 10th conference tournament title.

"He's been a mentor to me. He tells me what's going to happen before it ever happens."

-Elton Brand

"For me, it was everything any kid that wanted to go to college to play basketball could dream of."

-Carlos Boozer

Feb. 18, 2007

Coach K records his 700th victory as the Duke head coach with a 71-62 win over Georgia Tech in Cameron Indoor Stadium. He became just the eighth coach to post 700 victories at one school & was the 2nd fastest to do so behind Adolph Rupp of Kentucky. 

Sept. 2, 2007

Coached by Coach K, Team USA wins the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal with a 118-81 victory over Argentina. The USA goes 10-0 & wins by an average of 39.5 points per game. The gold medal win automatically qualifies the USA for a trip to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

"I don't know if you can pick your poison with them, because everyone is poisonous."

-Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams

"Playing for Coach K at Duke, I learned more about myself, about life, & about what it took to be successful than any other five-year period in my life."

-Jay Bilas

March 1, 2008

Coach K becomes the sixth Division I head coach to reach 800 career wins with an 87-86 win at N.C. State. He is the third fastest coach to reach 800 career victories.

Aug. 24, 2008

With Coach K at the helm, Team USA reclaims the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with a 118-107 victory over Spain. Coach K guides the U.S. squad to a perfect 8-0 record in the Olympics as the team averaged 106 points per game while winning by an average margin of 27.9 points per contest.

"Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure."

-Coach K

"Coach K has this down to a science, people. And it's a great science, man."

-Former Kansas State player Jacob Pullen

March 15, 2009

Duke captures its 11th ACC Championship under Coach K & 17th overall with a 79-69 victory over Florida State in the ACC Tournament finals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The 17 titles ties Duke for the most in ACC history with North Carolina & is the eighth in 11 seasons for the Blue Devils.

Sept. 11, 2009

Coach K is inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame at a plaque unveiling ceremony held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside the Kimsey Center.

"The most important thing of all about Coach K is that he taught me the principles & values that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

-Grant Hill

"Every college team watches TV & says, 'I want to see what it's like to play Duke.' We sure found out. We ran into a different animal. I mean, it was a lion."

-Hampton Head Coach Ed Joyner

Feb. 13, 2010

Duke earns a 77-56 victory over Maryland in Coach K's 1,000th game at Duke, which came in the 71st year of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

March 6, 2010

With an 82-50 victory over North Carolina, the 2nd largest win for Duke in the nation's biggest rivalry, the Blue Devils claim the 19th ACC regular season championship in school history & set a school record for home victories by finishing the season 17-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"I certainly think Duke is Goliath. When you look at college basketball, they've set the standard for everyone else over the years."

-Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens

"He's more than a coach. He's a great person, a father figure. If I had to do it again a million times, I'd come here just for him."

-Trajan Langdon

March 14, 2010

The Blue Devils repeat as ACC Tournament Champions by defeating Georgia Tech, 65-61, at the Greensboro Coliseum. With the title Duke passed North Carolina for most ACC Championships with 18, including nine in the last 12 seasons.

April 5, 2010

Coach K wins his fourth NCAA Championship at Duke with a 61-59 win over Butler at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kyle Singler is named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player after recording 19 points & nine rebounds in the championship game. The four championships tie Coach K with Adolph Rupp for 2nd most all-time.

"Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself."

-Coach K

"Effective teamwork begins & ends with communication."

-Coach K

Sept. 12, 2010

Team USA defeats host Turkey, 81-64, to win the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The U.S. team finishes the tournament 9-0 with a +24.9 margin of victory. Kevin Durant, one of six players under the age of 22 on the team, is named tournament MVP after averaging 22.8 points per game for the event.

November 24, 2010

Duke defeated No. 4 Kansas State, 82-68, for the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic championship & Coach K's 800th win at Duke. He became the fifth coach to win at least 800 games at one school.

"The best four years of my life were spent at Duke. Being at Duke made me what I am today. I've never made a big decision without talking with Coach K."

-Billy King

"It's almost like a shadow in the back of your mind. You're like 'Dang, shadow, go away!' But it's always there. Duke's always there."

-Former Maryland player Byron Mouton

Dec. 29, 2010

Coach K passes longtime rival Dean Smith of North Carolina into 2nd on the NCAA all-time victories list, recording his 880th career win in a 108-62 contest at UNC Greensboro.

March 20, 2011

The Blue Devils held on for a 73-71 victory over Michigan in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament to hand Coach K his 900th career win. He joined Bob Knight as the only two coaches with 900 or more career wins.

"They are, to me, the program you have to emulate. They're the gold standard in college basketball. I don't think anyone can deny it with what they've done over the years."

-Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon

"I have a tremendous amount of respect that they do it the right way. We've borrowed things from them with how they do their business. There's no doubt I've tried to pattern our program after them."

-Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few

Sept. 9, 2011

Coach K is inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame.

Nov. 15, 2011

Coach K sets the all-time Division I wins record at 903, as Duke wins 74-69 over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.

"Do you know how badly we wanted to play Duke? I think that's why we played so badly against West Virginia. We wanted Duke so badly we couldn't see straight."

-Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

"In order to be like really good, you have to be different. You have do something others aren't doing."

-Coach K

Aug. 12, 2012

Coach K & Team USA win back- to-back gold medals with a 107-100 win over Spain at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The team defeated opponents by an average of 32 points per game in route to a perfect 8-0 record. Coach K moves his record to 62-1 as Head Coach of Team USA.

March 29, 2013

The Blue Devils defeat Michigan State, 71-61, for their 30th win of the season. Coach K guides Duke to 30 or more wins in a season for an NCAA-record 13th time in his career.

"Our program is not built on having a day. It's built on having a season. That's why we have to be hungry all the time and push each other every day."

-Coach K

"Duke is everything you imagine and dream of and more."

-Tyus Jones

Jan. 18, 2014

The 41st President of the United States & co-founder/chairman of CEO Roundtable on Cancer, George H.W. Bush, traveled to Durham, N.C., to recognize Coach K for his personal commitment & leadership in working toward eliminating cancer as a public health threat. Former president Bush witnessed Duke’s 95-60 rout of NC State before recognizing Coach K for his efforts & greeting the Duke team in the locker room following the victory.

Sept. 14, 2014

Coach K becomes the first coach to win four straight gold medals in international competition as Team USA beats Serbia to claim the World Cup. Former Duke guard Kyrie Irving leads the way for the way for the Americans, earning MVP honors under the guidance of his collegiate coach. The victory pushes Coach K's win streak to 63 games as National Head Coach.

"I haven't done this for 40 years just to win basketball games. We produce good men."

-Coach K




You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.



Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.



Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.



Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.



When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.



No matter how successful you believe you yourself to be, you can never feel as if you've reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.


Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual's shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

Collective Responsibility


When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn't waver, that's when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.



Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.



You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don''t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.


Crisis Management

You prepare for the crisis well ahead of time by establishing trusting relationships among all members of your team. Every team meeting, every practice, every individual conversation establishes who we will collectively be when a crisis occurs. A crisis presents a situation in which it is the leader's job to find a way to win. If you have a trusting team, business or family, a crisis becomes an opportunity to shine.

Crisis Management


Developing a culture means having a tradition that maintains the standards you want to define your program. Culture is established by the people who compose your team and is carried on by those people. A successful development of culture means that you hear different voices echoing the same message throughout the organization -- now, through the history of your program, and into its future.



Dependability is the ability to be relied upon. To always be there trying to do your best. Dependability is not only about being there physically, but being there at your best. It is about loyalty and commitment, and being someone on whom your teammates can count.



Empathy is the ability to walk in another person's shoes. As a coach, a parent, or a leader of any kind, one of the most important things that you can feel for one of your "teammates" is empathy. If someone believes that you can identify with their situation and understand their feelings, they are more apt to trust you, which leads to faster responses to situations and better conclusions.



Enthusiasm is a great interest or excitement. When you are enthusiastic, you are a catalyst to those around you. Your unabashed love and emotion for what you are doing is contagious.



The persistent pursuit of excellence determines winners, not the score of the game. To be excellent, you must be yourself. Do the very best that you can do. In giving your best every day, improvement will come naturally. Giving your all makes you better; it's that simple.



No one can be perfect. When you break out of your comfort zone and try new things, you will probably experience some form of failure. Failure cannot be your final destination; rather, you can use it to shatter limits. It is merely a stepping-stone on your journey to greatness.



No matter how involved you are in what you do, you must always remember that your family is your primary team and strongest core. A person is never more comfortable than when they are with their family, which is why I try to create a family atmosphere with my team. When you are with your family, you are yourself, and when you are yourself, you are at your very best.



There is nothing more valuable than a true friend. They remind you of who you were, who you are now, and who you are going to be. They keep you both grounded and going in the right direction. They can be your conscience and your memory.



Fundamentals are the essential building blocks of a team. To help turn fundamentals into habit requires intensive, intelligent, and repetitive action. If you want to strive for excellence, you must embrace continual work on fundamentals. We can all do the basics, better.


Giving Back

When you use your success to have a positive impact on something or someone else, it adds depth to your life. Having a positive influence on people, helping others: that's winning. For someone to be a total human being, they must realize that something happened before them, something is happening now, and something will happen after they leave.

Giving Back


Guidance is help. When someone you care about asks for guidance, point them to a path where they can discover their own solution. Then the solution is theirs and they are more apt to stick by it and be even be proud of it. In offering a path as opposed to an answer, you put people in the position to follow that path again and again when new and different problems arise throughout their lives.



The foundation to achievement is in dreams, in imagination. The greatest gift a coach can give a player, a teacher can give a student, and a parent can give to their child is the opportunity to imagine great things. These dreams pave the way for future successes.



Integrity means doing the right thing whether you are alone or with a group, doing the right thing no matter what the rewards or the consequences may be. It means putting your base of ethics into action. It takes strength of character to have integrity.



Living is learning. Once you stop learning, you are no longer living. The key to learning is listening. Make it a habit to listen to everyone. You do not merely learn from the traditional teaching sources.



Love does not always make sense, nor is it always convenient. You have to work hard to keep love strong and to nurture it. Above all else, love is about making someone else better.



Motivation is the extra push needed to reach a goal. One of the best ways to motivate is to be sure that you have surrounded yourself with great teammates. Once you come to know and understand the people on your team as individuals, you will come to realize that everyone needs to be motivated differently.


Next Play

Whatever you have done is not nearly as important as what you are doing right now. The "next play" philosophy emphasizes the fact that the most important play of the game or life moment on which you should always focus is the next one.

Next Play


When someone feels ownership in a team, they feel empowered and proud. Most importantly, they feel inspired to take care of the program, uphold its standards, and defend its beliefs. The team belongs to all of us and it is the responsibility of all of us to sustain it and to defend its values, purely because they are ours. Whatever we have, let's take care of it.



Passion is extreme emotion. When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!



Poise is keeping your composure in spite of the circumstances. Poise requires maturity. It's about remaining mentally and emotionally balanced all the time, no matter what is taking place around you. The element of poise can make you appear much stronger than can your talent alone.



Pressure is a compelling influence. I look at being put under pressure as an opportunity to show how strong and capable you and your team really are. Preparation, segmenting and a great support group help cope with pressure.



Pride can be defined as self-respect and a feeling of satisfaction over an accomplishment. It can also be a feeling you get from being a part of something bigger than you. Pride means having an understanding that you put your signature on everything that you do and ensuring then that what you do is done in the best possible manner.



When I hear the word "respect," I think of treating everyone the same. The simple act of showing respect can allow you to meet great people, to let them come into your life, and to make you a better person. Too often, people will miss out on meaningful relationships with amazing people because they quickly pass judgment.



Selflessness means that you will do what is best for the team. Being a part of something bigger than yourself requires selflessness and understanding that there will be personal sacrifice for the good of the team. And most people desire to be a part of something bigger and to feel as if their actions are for the greater good.



Standards form a level of excellence that we consider our norm. They define what is acceptable for an individual or a team. When you allow your standards to slip, your level of success will decrease alongside your team effort, work ethic, and pride.



Talent is natural ability. The people who reach their destinations are the ones who develop their talents fully and effectively. A talent is a blessing, and it is our responsibility to develop it.



Trust is the foundation upon which relationships must be based. It is developed through open and honest communication, and, once established, creates a shared vision for a common goal. Established trust among a group of individuals bolsters a feeling of confidence that only comes in knowing you are not alone.



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  • Lebron James

    "Coach K fits perfect for us. He's reshaped this program."

  • Kevin Durant

    "Coach K is the coolest guy in the world. He's made it cool again to play for your country."

  • Kobe Bryant

    "Coach K has been the perfect guy. It's an honor to play for him."

As National Head Coach, Coach K has complied a 75-1 record dating back to 2005. More importantly, ball players all over the country are wearing red, white and blue with as much pride and respect as ever.

Coach K became the first coach to win a world title, Olympic title and national title.  He's also the first coach to win four straight gold medals in international competition.

On October 26, 2005, USA Basketball made history when it announced that Coach K would serve as the first-ever U.S. National Head Coach. Over a pair of three-year terms, our own legendary coach embarked on a mission to lead USA Basketball to gold while restoring honor to USA Basketball and the significance of sporting the U-S-A across your chest.

"For me, this is the ultimate honor in coaching," said Coach K at the start of the USAB mission. "It is a chance to represent the United States at this elite level of basketball. I am honored to be chosen and look forward to the opportunity to develop this team that will represent our great country in its own sport, both on and off the court."

During his tenure as National Head Coach, Coach K has led the USA to the 2008 Olympic Gold in Beijing, the 2010 World Championship in Istanbul, the 2012 Olympic Gold in London and the 2014 World Cup in Spain.

"I wanted to go to Duke. I wanted to play for Coach K. It has been awesome. He is very intellectual and cerebral when it comes to the game. I love his passion. He loves the game, he enjoys being around his players and he enjoys teaching. He is open to hearing suggestions and listening. It works. Coach K is one of the best coaches of all-time. Period. No question about it."

- Kobe Bryant

"Coach K's one of the all-time best, if not the best. He just fits perfect for us.. He allows us to have freedom. He allows us to play the game of basketball and just go out there and have fun, but at the same time he wants us to be perfect. We should expect perfection and that is what he is about. We like that, we like that kind of challenge."

- LeBron James

"Coach K is a guy who could've been coaching in the pros many years ago. His resume speaks for itself, the players that he has gotten prepared for the NBA speaks for itself... I just want to be able to tell my kids one day that I played for Coach K, one of the greatest coaches of all-time."

- Dwyane Wade

"Coach K is an incredible coach, very knowledgeable. It's like you're in a basketball library. He brings it all together. I was surprised on how hip he was, how he understands the way we think, as a hip hop generation. He's an amazing coach, an amazing person"

- Lamar Odom

"Coach K has helped me build my motivation and build my confidence back up sky high. To have a guy like that build your confidence and give you motivation, that's coming from one of the best in the game."

- Carmelo Anthony

"Coach K has gained all of the guys' respect. He's a winner. The respect is given before he even comes into the gym. His winning precedes him... A lot of stuff we're doing here is the same principles we had when I was a Blue Devil. We deny everything, and we push it up every opportunity we have, and we get after it. A lot of it is very similar, so I'm having a lot of fun doing that."

- Carlos Boozer

"Coach K only knows one way to go about his business, and that's with passion and with energy and with discipline. But at the same time, you always have a good time. That was the message he gave us the first day of orientation at Duke, and that was the message he gave us the first day of training camp here. He gets people to play hard and play together, and that's what Coach K will make sure we do."

- Shane Battier

"Coach K is the best. To talk to him on the phone and then be able to meet him, I was very impressed and that's why he's one of the best if not the best at what he does."

- Jason Kidd

"Coach K really gets me going and gets me playing like I know how to play. It's a lot of fun. He keeps you focused, humble and on a mission."

- Dwight Howard

"Coach K is the best coach in the world. He has proved it day in and day out. It's a great experience for the National Team to get to play for him."

- Kyrie Irving

"When he speaks, you listen. He gets us fired up to play big time. It's an unbelievable experience. I can't even put it into words."

- Kevin Love

"Coach K really gets me going and gets me playing like I know how to play. It's a lot of fun. He keeps you focused, humble and on a mission."

- Dwight Howard

"Coach K is a motivational speaker and he really has humor when he talks. You are going to listen to him because he is going to be a legend, a Hall of Famer in this game. For him to be coaching me is wonderful. Too bad I didn't go to Duke, but it's great even just being here with him and his staff is great and I am lucky to be on this bus headed to the gym."

- Derrick Rose

"Coach K has been doing this for awhile. It was a great experience and an honor to have played for him."

- Chris Bosh

"It's a great honor to represent Team USA under Coach K. He's a great coach and knows how to play the right way. Shane (Battier) and I were just talking about that. He just wants to win basketball games. It doesn't matter that he's a college coach..."

- Elton Brand

"...He doesn't stand for egos, and he promotes winning, selflessness and defense -- things you have to have to win in international basketball. Coach K holds every player, every coach, every ball boy and team manager responsible for their duties. It's good to be reminded of playing the right way and doing the right things."

- Elton Brand

"Coach K coaching the National Team is the best possible news for USA Basketball. I am sure that those outside of the United States are disappointed. Coach K is King."

- Deron Williams

"Coach K just knows the game. He's a great motivator. He holds everybody to a certain standard. Everything's about family and team... I'm excited I get the chance to play under him, and I've been learning a lot these past few years."

- Kevin Durant

"I've grown to really respect him so much more just playing for him and seeing how much he puts into this. He's so passionate. He's up late hours watching film. He's all-in."

- Chauncey Billups

"The players that he's brought to the NBA are always first-class players. He's going to go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time. I've played under him twice already..."

- Tyson Chandler

"I wasn't a big Duke fan before meeting Coach K. It was just one of those organizations. I think that for everybody, you either love Duke or you hate it. But after playing under him, and getting to understand who he actually is, I have all the respect in the world for the man. I would send my son to Duke if he was coaching."

- Tyson Chandler