Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski To Retire At End Of Season

Longtime Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is retiring following the upcoming season, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Krzyzewski has also served as coach of Team USA, consisting of NBA players. An official announcement is coming Wednesday, Goodman reported. He has drawn praise from NBA stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and was the head coach for former Blue Devils guard Quin Snyder, now the coach of the Jazz.Mike Krzyzewski

Per Goodman, former Duke guard and current Blue Devils assistant Jon Scheyer could potentially be named Krzyzewski’s successor. Other candidates include Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and UCF coach Johnny Dawkins. Both are also former Duke players, and shared the starting backcourt for the Blue Devils’ run to the NCAA title game in 1986.

Krzyzewski, 74, was named coach at Duke in 1980 following five years at Army, where he played point guard for legendary coach Bobby Knight. Coach K has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA championships and 12 appearances in the Final Four.

He is a three-time winner of the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award, compiling a record of 1,097-361 at Duke. He served as the head coach of Team USA in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Kryzyzewski has been offered five head-coaching jobs in the NBA — by the Celtics (1990), Trail Blazers (1994), Lakers (2004), Nets (2010) and Timberwolves (2011). Each time he chose to stay at Duke.

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