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Mike Krzyzewski

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Biography:

Coach Mike Krzyzewski is known as the successful head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils since he first got the head job 1980. In 2011, Mike recorded his 903rd career win passing his former coach and legend Bob Knight for most all-time, a record that is now approaching 1,000 career wins. His coaching extends beyond the college realms as he was an assistant coach on the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” that won the gold medal. He would go on to become the head coach of the U.S. team that would win 2 more gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Sports Speaker Mike began his career in college basketball as a player under coach Knight at the United States Military Academy. After his senior season in 1969, Mike served in the army for the next 5 years and he was awarded West Point’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2005. He would return as an assistant under coach Knight at Indiana before head coaching his alma mater for 5 years from 1975-1980. His career as head coach at Duke is now immortalized in NCAA history after leading his teams to the NCAA Championship title back-to-back in 1991 and 1992 and then twice more in 2001 and 2010. His teams are consistently ranked in the top 25 in the country and achieved 13 ACC Tournament Championships wins.

Mike is a staple in the Durham, N.C. area and has done much to better his community. In 2006 he and his family founded the Emily Krzyzewski Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring children to dream big and act as leaders in their community. Mike was a very close friend of fellow coach Jim Valvano before he lost his battle to cancer and continues to support and donate to the V Foundation for Cancer Research in his honor. In 2012, Mike was awarded the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his outstanding dedication to bettering his community.