Coach K To Retire From Duke; Jon Scheyer Named ReplacementMike Krzyzewski, who has won more Division I men’s college basketball games than any coach in history, announced Wednesday that the 2021-22 season will be his final year of coaching.
In 46 years as a head coach at Army West Point (1975-80) and Duke (1980-present), Krzyzewski amassed an NCAA record of 1,170 victories. In 41 seasons in Durham, he led Duke to five NCAA national championships – 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015 – and 12 Final Fours.“My family and I view today as a celebration,” said Krzyzewski. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been beyond amazing and we are thankful and honored to have led two college programs at world-class institutions for more than four decades. That, coupled with 11 unforgettable years as the United States National Team coach, has resulted in a remarkable journey. Certainly, I have been blessed to coach some of the finest young men and greatest players in basketball history as a direct result of these unique opportunities. For us, there is no greater joy than being part of our players’ respective endeavors through basketball, and more importantly, their lives off the court. Our family is eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to our career for the past 46 years. So, to the countless members of our extended family, thank you very much.”
“I can say without hesitation that Mike is the greatest coach in the history of men’s college basketball,” said Duke President Vincent E. Price. “This is clearly demonstrated by his tremendous success at Duke — 1,170 career wins, five national championships, 15 ACC tournaments, and 12 ACC regular-season titles — and his service to our country as the head coach of USA Basketball. But the true measure of his excellence is more personal. It is in his resolute commitment to integrity, fairness, and inclusion; in his transformational impact on collegiate athletics and the Durham community; in the joy, generosity, and inspiration he has brought to countless fans; and in his role as guide and teacher of thousands of players, coaches, and staff at Duke and beyond. Mike, Mickie, and the entire Krzyzewski family have been devoted to Duke for more than 40 years, and we are so grateful that relationship will continue for a long time to come.”
“Simply put, his legacy – never to be repeated again – is truly mindboggling,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “To suggest that Mike has more than earned the ‘GOAT’ mantle within the coaching community, both domestically and globally, is perhaps the greatest understatement of all time. Well beyond all the banners, hardware, titles, awards, honors, etc., Mike will long be best remembered, if not deeply respected and admired, for his unabashed love and utter devotion to his players. Again, the consummate teacher, coach, and mentor, coupled with his highly unique curriculum around life lessons and service will surely live at the pinnacle level of his chosen profession in perpetuity.”
Jon Scheyer, who played under Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010 and was a captain of the 2010 national championship team, has been named Krzyzewski’s successor and will be the program’s 20th head coach beginning with the 2022-23 season. One of the most respected assistant coaches in college basketball, Scheyer has spent eight years on Krzyzewski’s staff and was promoted to associate head coach in 2018.
“Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I could not ask for a better place to continue my career,” said Scheyer. “This is absolutely humbling. First, I offer extreme gratitude to the greatest coach of all time whose career is unrivaled in basketball. Coach K has built the premier program in our sport thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, tireless attention to detail, a family-first approach, and remarkable compassion and care of his players, coaches, and staff. He has set a standard that every coach at every level should strive to achieve.”
The 33-year-old Scheyer has been part of Duke’s two most recent national championships – as a player on the 2010 team and an assistant coach for the 2015 squad. He would be the first in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to be named the head coach at his alma mater after winning national titles as both a player and assistant coach at that school. At 35 years of age when the next season begins, the Chicago native would become the youngest men’s basketball head coach among power conference institutions.
Scheyer will join a fraternity of Coach K’s former Duke players or assistants that are now head coaches that includes Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Kenny Blakeney (Howard), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Jeff Capel (Pittsburgh), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Johnny Dawkins (Central Florida), Bobby Hurley (Arizona State), Nate James (Austin Peay), Greg Paulus (Niagara), Mike Schrage (Elon) and Quin Snyder (NBA’s Utah Jazz). Nearly two dozen other former Coach K players, assistants, and staffers are currently college basketball assistant coaches or serving in NBA front offices.
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Led Duke to five national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015
- Went 88-1 with six gold medals as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, including 24-0 in the Olympics with Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016
- Eight-time National Coach of the Year – a total of 12 honors
- Coached Duke to the Final Four 12 times — tied for most in NCAA history
- Won 12 ACC regular-season championships
- Won 15 ACC Tournament championships – an ACC record
- Five-time ACC Coach of the Year and five-time NABC District Coach of the Year
- Achieved a final AP No. 1 ranking eight times — more than double the next best team in the Coach K era
- Has spent 126 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, 556 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll, and 649 weeks ranked in the top 25 AP poll – each of those figures is the most by a coach in poll history
- Has won 67 ACC Tournament games — the most in league history
- His 97 NCAA Tournament wins and 35 NCAA Tournament appearances each stand as NCAA records
- Duke’s eight No. 1 seeds under Coach K are the most by a coach in NCAA Tournament history
- He has more 20-win seasons (36) and 30-win seasons (15) than any coach in NCAA history
- Has coached 37 All-America selections to a total of 51 honors – the most by any active coach
- Under Krzyzewski, nine Duke players have earned 11 National Player of the Year honors – the most by an active coach
- The Krzyzewski era has produced six Blue Devils to earn nine National Defensive Player of the Year honors – more than double the next closest team in college basketball
- Has coached 28 NBA Lottery picks – the most in Draft history – and a total of 67 NBA Draft selections, including 41 first-round picks
- His 1,170 career wins are most in NCAA history, while his 1,097 victories at Duke are the most in NCAA history at one school and his 517 ACC wins are the most in league history
- Served as the President of the National Basketball Coaches Association in 1998-99
- Named America’s Best Coach by Time/CNN in 2001
- A two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2001 for his individual coaching career and in 2010 as part of the collective induction of the Olympic Dream Team
- Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009
- Inducted to the Army West Point Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011
- Named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2011
- Presented the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award in 2012 and the Lapchick Character Award in 2015
- Has served on the board of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research since its inception in 1993
- Has served as an honorary chairman of the Duke Children’s Hospital
- Founded the Emily Krzyzewski Center – a community center in Durham, named in honor of his late mother, whose 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 a future citizen leader.