Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski (born February 13, 1947 in Chicago), often referred to as Coach K, is the coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, one of the most successful of the 1980s to 2000s. He went to the United States Military Academy for college and played basketball while training to become an officer in the Army. From 1969-74, Krzyzewski served in the military and directed service teams for three years and then followed that up with two years as head coach of the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Belvoir, Va.
In 1974, he resigned from the Army having attained the rank of captain. At age 26, Bobby Knight, his former coach at Army, called and offered him a graduate assistant position at Indiana University. That 1975 squad posted an 18-0 Big Ten mark and a 31-1 record.
Prior to joining the Duke program, Krzyzewski spent five years building the program at his alma mater in West Point. He led the Cadets to two NIT berths and left with a five-year record of 73-59.
In 1981, he took the Duke job. After some difficult early seasons, the Duke program achieved a level of success not seen in college basketball since the John Wooden years at UCLA. Duke lost in the NCAA championship game in 1986 and then made five consecutive Final Fours starting in 1988, with the last two years in the streak (1991 and 1992) ending with national championships. In the 1992 offseason, he served as an assistant on the Dream Team, the legendary US Olympic basketball team that was the first to feature NBA players. Duke star Christian Laettner, who graduated that year, was the only college player on the Dream Team.
During his years at Duke, Coach K has led the Blue Devils to nine Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles and eight ACC tournament titles (at the start of the 2003-04 season). He has also won 12 national coach of the year honors in eight different seasons. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Duke has named the floor at its basketball venue, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach K Court in his honor.