Mike KrzyzewskiBasketball Coach
Born: 13 February 1947
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Best known as:
The longtime men's basketball coach at Duke University
Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in men's major college basketball history. "Coach K" is a fixture at Duke University, where he has coached the men's basketball team to four national championships since 1980. Mike Krzyzewski played basketball at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, from which he graduated in 1969. He served in the Army until 1974, spent a year as an assistant coach at Indiana University (1974-75), and returned to West Point as head coach in 1975. He became head coach at Duke University in 1980 and quickly built the school into a perennial basketball powerhouse. The Blue Devils won NCAA championships in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010 while also winning 10 regular-season championships in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. His star players at Duke have included Christian Laettner, Danny Ferry, Grant Hill and Shane Battier. On 15 November 2011 he won his 903 game (a 74-69 Duke victory over Michigan State) to pass Bobby Knight and become the winningest coach ever in men's major college basketball. Mike Krzyzewski was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Mike Krzyzewski's name is pronounced "shuh-SHEF-ski"... Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina... Mike Krzyzewski married the former Carol Marsh in 1969; they have three daughters... He missed most of the 1994-95 season after having back surgery for a ruptured disc... Krzyzewski played under coach Bobby Knight at Army, and was Knight's assistant at Indiana in 1974-75.
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