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Now in his 38th season at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski – a Naismith Hall of Fame coach, five-time national champion and 12-time Final Four participant – has built a dynasty that few programs in the history of the game can match. The numbers that illustrate Coach K’s career are simply staggering:

– Five national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015)
– Six gold medals as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team
– Six National Defensive Players of the Year (nine honors)
– Seven National Players of the Year (nine honors)
– 10 consecutive top-10 AP poll finishes (1997-06)
– 12 National Coach of the Year honors (eight seasons)
– 12 Final Four appearances (tied for most in NCAA history)
– 12 ACC regular season championships
– 14 ACC Tournament championships (most in league history)
– 23 NBA Lottery picks (most in draft history)
– 31 All-America selections (45 honors)
– 33 NCAA Tournament bids (most ever by one coach)
– 57 NBA Draft selections, including 35 first-round picks
– 61 ACC Tournament wins (most in league history)
– 91 NCAA Tournament wins (most in NCAA history)
– 113 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP poll (most by an active coach in poll history)
– 460 ACC wins (most in league history)
– 499 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll (most by a coach in poll history)
– 584 weeks ranked in the AP poll (most by a coach in poll history)
– 1,001 victories at Duke (most in NCAA history at one school)
– 1,074 career wins (most in NCAA history)

Coach K became the Division I men’s career wins leader on Nov. 15, 2011, at Madison Square Garden, moving past his former coach Bob Knight with his 903rd victory. His historic 1,000th career victory came against St. John’s at The World’s Most Famous Arena on Jan. 25, 2015, as he became the first Division I men’s basketball coach to achieve a four-figure win total.

Krzyzewski’s 1,000 victories at Duke are an NCAA record by a coach at one school. With 1,001 of the Blue Devils’ 2,118 all-time victories, Coach K has presided over 47.3 percent of the men’s basketball wins in Duke history.

Krzyzewski has won a league-record 460 ACC games (regular season and tournament), passing former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith (422) on Feb. 4, 2015. Coach K’s five national championships are the second-most in NCAA history. Krzyzewski and former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun are the only coaches in NCAA history to win national championships in three different decades.

Coach K has led the Blue Devils into the NCAA Tournament 33 times – more than any other coach in NCAA history. He has taken Duke to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 22 seasons, the longest active streak by a coach and the second-longest in NCAA history.

Krzyzewski holds NCAA Tournament records for games coached (119) and wins (91) while ranking second all-time and leading active coaches with a .765 NCAA Tournament winning percentage (min. 20 games). He has reached the Sweet 16 on 23
occasions, five more than any other coach in NCAA history, and has advanced to the Elite Eight 14 times.

Of the 1,272 games Krzyzewski has coached at Duke, 1,127 – 88.6 percent – have been as a ranked team. The Blue Devils are 920-207 (.816) as a ranked team under Coach K.

Coach K has taken top-ranked Duke teams into games on 226 occasions and compiled a 197-29 (.872) record as the AP’s No. 1 team, ranking second in poll history in both games and wins as coach of a top-ranked squad. Krzyzewski has tutored 57 NBA Draft picks during his time at Duke, including a total of 35 first-round selections that leads all active coaches. Duke has had at least one player taken in 30 of the 37 NBA Drafts during the Krzyzewski Era.

Since the inception of the NBA Draft Lottery in 1985, Coach K and Duke have produced 23 lottery picks – a draft-record total for both a school and a coach.

Through the 2016-17 season, Coach K’s former Duke players have accumulated $1.35 billion in NBA salaries. Lottery selections who played for Krzyzewski at Duke have combined to earn approximately $950 million, an average of just over $45 million per individual.

Under Coach K’s watch, Duke has produced multiple All-ACC Academic selections in 10 consecutive years. The 2015 NCAA championship featured a program-high five All-ACC Academic honorees. Three-time captain Amile Jefferson became the only player in Duke history to earn All-ACC Academic honors four times and departed the university in 2017 with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Krzyzewski has had six players collect a total of nine CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, headlined by two-time first-team honorees Battier (2000, 2001) and Mason Plumlee (2012, 2013). Allen became the sixth in 2016 when he garnered second-team accolades.

Fittingly, Coach K has earned nearly every award imaginable. The crown jewel of that haul, however, came in 2001 when he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Since his enshrinement in Springfield, Mass., Krzyzewski has also been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame (2011).

While establishing Duke as one of college basketball’s dynastic programs, Krzyzewski simultaneously spent more than decade as one of the architects of the revitalization of USA Basketball. During his tenure at the helm of the program, the U.S. National Team amassed an extraordinary 88-1 record and claimed gold medals at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2012 London Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Coach K was 24-0 in the Olympics as head coach of the USMNT and his time at the helm ended with the team in the midst of a National Team-record 76-game winning streak that began in 2006.

Giving Back

Krzyzewski has been diligently committed to public service, both locally and nationally, throughout his coaching career. He is currently serving on boards for, while also assuming vital roles with, the Duke Children’s Hospital, the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, the NABC Foundation, the CEO Roundtable on Cancerand the Emily Krzyzewski Center.

Coach K’s philanthropic activities also include the establishment and funding of the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a community center in Durham named in honor of his late mother. The Center’s mission is to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, act with character and purpose, strive for academic excellence and reach their highest potential as future citizen leaders

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