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Mike Krzyzewski

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Mike Krzyzewski

Duke's "Coach K" has more wins than any other active coach

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Name:

Mike Krzyzewski

Position:

Head Coach

Team:

Duke Blue Devils, U.S. Olympic Basketball Team

Key Influences:

Bob Knight

Coaching Tree:

Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Bob Bender (Washington), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Jeff Capel (Virginia Commonwealth), Danny Ferry (general manager, Cleveland Cavaliers)

Great Players:

Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer, Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Jay Williams (Duke)

National Championships:

Won back-to-back national championships with Duke in 1991 and 1992, a third championship in 2001 and a fourth in 2010

Other Honors:

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. Coached the gold-medalist men's basketball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship team.

Profile:

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski -- "Coach K" to his friends, admirers, and people who have an awful time remembering how to spell "Krzyzewski" -- has the most impressive resume in college hoops, with four national championships and more wins than any other active coach in men's basketball. Only Bob Knight - his mentor - has more wins on his resume.

Krzyzewski is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and played point guard for the Cadet team coached by Knight. He retired from active duty in 1974 and started his coaching career as an assistant on Knight's staff in Indiana.

After one year in Bloomington, Krzyzewski returned to West Point as head coach. He led the Cadets to a 73-59 record and one NIT berth in five seasons, before leaving for the job that would make him a legend.

Krzyzewski took over at Duke for the 1980-81 season, leading the Blue Devils to a 17-13 record and the NIT quarterfinals in his first year. In his fourth season he earned his first NCAA Tournament berth with the Devils. Apparently he liked the experience; he's set up semi-permanent residence in the field of 64, missing March Madness just once in the last quarter century. (If you want to get technical, he wasn't even coaching the team that missed out. Krzyzewski left the 1994-95 Blue Devils after 12 games due to health problems. They were coached for the remainder of the year by assistant Pete Gaudet -- and had a rough time of it, going 4-15 in Coach K's absence.)

Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils won their first national title in 1991 with a squad featuring Bobby Hurley, Thomas Hill, Grant Hill and Christian Laettner that has to be considered one of the best ever. They repeated as champions in 1992 thanks in part to one of the most legendary shots in NCAA history.

Krzyzewski followed up that '92 title by winning Olympic gold as an assistant coach with the original Dream Team.

He cut down the nets a third time in 2001, with a team loaded with future NBA players Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Duhon and Jason Williams. He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He added a fourth title to his resume in 2010.

Krzyzewski has served as the head coach of Team USA since 2005. He won the bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships in 2006 and gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. He has announced plans to coach Team USA once more, at the 2012 London games.

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