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Michael "Mike" Krzyzewski

Enshrined 2001
Chicago, IL
Born: February 13, 1947

Biography

Although Mike Krzyzewski's basketball career began modestly at the United States Military Academy in 1976, over the next two decades he developed into one of the great college basketball coaches. As head coach at Duke University, Krzyzewski's coaching style and his commitment to combining high academic standards with college athletics has often been compared to UCLA's John Wooden. Named the NABC Coach of the Decade for the 1990s, Krzyzewski led Duke to five straight Final Four appearances and nine total in his first 21 seasons at Duke. Under Krzyzewski, a five-time ACC Coach of the Year, the Blue Devils have won six ACC Tournament Championships and nine ACC regular season titles. In 1992, Krzyzewski was an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team. Upon enshrinement, Krzyzewski's three NCAA national championships ranked him third in history, trailing the legendary John Wooden and Adolph Rupp.

Career Highlights

National championships at Duke at the time of his enshrinement, 1991, 1992, 2001
Nine NCAA Final Fours at the time of his enshrinement, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001
Seven-time National Coach of the Year at the time of his enshrinement, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000
Winningest active coach in the NCAA tournament