Mike Krzyzewski, the winning coach in college basketball for men and the architect of Duke University’s premier in sports, is expected to retire at the end of next season, a person familiar with his considerations said Wednesday.
Krzyzewski has led the Duke program since 1980 and has won 1,097 games and five national championships there. But the coach, who turns 75 next winter, had recently decided to end his career, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity prior to a formal announcement from the university.
Jon Scheyer, the Duke’s associate head coach and one of Krzyzewski’s former players, is expected to succeed Krzyzewski.
A spokesman for the basketball program did not respond to messages Wednesday.
Although Duke faltered this past season, Krzyzewski’s team has repeatedly been empowered by the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the Blue Devils have won 15 conference tournaments and a dozen regular season championships. They did so with a dazzling mix of players over the years – like Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Kyrie Irving, JJ Redick and Zion Williamson – who showed incredible attention to detail and preparation under Krzyzewski’s command.
“We come back early in the morning, maybe 2, 3 in the morning, and he goes and watches movies for a few hours, and then he goes home, he sleeps for a few hours and then comes back to the gym tomorrow to see more movies. to the next game, ”said Andre Dawkins, a Duke guard, in 2011 as Krzyzewski was on the verge of the record for most wins in Division I men’s basketball. “When he does something like that, I can’t complain about getting up and getting to work out every day.”
Krzyzewski was also the head coach of three American teams at the Olympics and won gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016. And his time with Duke and with the Olympic team helped make Krzyzewski, often called “Coach K”, one of the most recognizable figures in sports.
“For four decades, Coach K has been the standard of our profession,” Baylor coach Scott Drew, who won his first national championship in April, said in a text message Wednesday after Stadium first reported Krzyzewski’s intentions. “We have many good coaches, but there is only coach K.”
Krzyzewski’s decision comes more than two months after his longtime rival, Roy Williams of North Carolina, announced his retirement from coaching. UNC soon hired Hubert Davis as its successor.