A win in London would tie Coach K with the legendary Hank Iba, who won Olympic Gold with Team USA in 1964 and 1968 -- and was robbed of a third when Russia won -- amidst massive controversy -- in 1972.
If you don't recognize some of the names on this list, don't be ashamed. In the early days of Olympic basketball, Team USA largely comprised of players and coaches from the top amateur teams in the country.
College coaches took over the job starting with Cal's Pete Newell in 1960 until 1992, when Chuck Daly, then coach of the Detroit Pistons, led the first squad of professionals -- the first "Dream Team" -- to Gold in Barcelona.
Krzyzewski was the first college coach to lead a team of professionals in the Olympics.
The Coaches of Team USA
|1936||James Needles||Universal Pictures||Gold|
|1948||Omar Browning||Phillips 66ers||Gold|
|1952||Warren Womble||Peoria Caterpillars||Gold|
|1956||Gerald Tucker||Phillips 66ers||Gold|
|1964||Hank Iba||Oklahoma State||Gold|
|1968||Hank Iba||Oklahoma State||Gold|
|1972||Hank Iba||Oklahoma State||Silver|
|1976||Dean Smith||North Carolina||Gold|
|1992||Chuck Daly||Detroit Pistons||Gold|
|1996||Lenny Wilkens||Atlanta Hawks||Gold|
|2000||Rudy Tomjanovich||Houston Rockets||Gold|
|2004||Larry Brown||Detroit Pistons||Bronze|