|Coach K on left Bob Knight on right ( ())|
people that know the name Mike Krzyzewski think of basketball and how he is one
of the greatest coaches ever. There is much more to him than basketball though.
Mike was raised on the north side of Chicago. He was born on February 13, 1947.
As a child he and his older brother weren't rich or poor. His mother Emily was
a late night cleaning lady and his father Bill was an elevator operator.
Through his childhood Mike always kept a strong faith in God. His mother and
father influenced him on keeping his faith. As he grew, he kept his faith and
went to play basketball at Army. He was lucky enough to play under one of the
greatest coaches ever named Bob Knight. Right after this he married a woman
named Carroll Marsh. During this he also coached at a military academy in
Belvoir, Virginia. After a few years there he met back up with his old coach
Bob Knight. Bob Knight moved on to coach at Indiana University at this time. In
1980 Mike was named the Head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils.
the Duke basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski was a very successful man. However, success
didn't just come to him, his first few seasons at Duke weren't the best. As he
worked at his coaching skills, he improved and so did his team. In 1988 Coach
K's Blue Devils were ranked #1 in the country at the start of the 88-89 season.
A few years later in 1991 he won his first national title with the Duke Blue
Devils. They beat the Kansas Jayhawks 72-65. The next year he won the title
again from a turnaround jumper from the free throw line by Christian Laettner
to beat the Kentucky Wildcats by 1 point. The score was 104-103.
As the school and
the popularity of Duke grew, so did Mike Krzyzewski's success as a Coach. Twenty
six out of his thirty one years at Duke he had twenty plus wins in each season.
As you know those wins can really add up. On November 17th, 2000 Vs Villanova
Mike Krzyzewski came into this game with 499 wins in his career. When he left
the gym he had won 500 games as a Duke Basketball coach. As his success kept
growing people started to notice that he was very close to passing his old
college coach and friend Bob Knight for most wins in a career. Bob Knight held
the record for most career wins in NCAA history with 902 wins. At the end of the
2010-2011 season Coach K had exactly 900 wins in his pocket. Approaching the
2011-2012 season Mike couldn't say he wasn't feeling the pressure to pass
Bob. After winning their first two games
in 2011 Mike was sitting on 902 wins. He was only one win away from passing Bob
Their next game was against a very talented Michigan St. team. Mike's team knew
what was at stake at wanted get the win out of the way to just focus on the
season rather than the record. Coming into this game they knew someone needed
to step up and play well. The question was. Who? Andre Dawkins came into this
game ripping the nets up. He scored twenty six points in this game and won the
game for coach K 74-69.
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the game Mike walked across the court to Bob Knight to hug him and thank him
for everything he had done for him. In an interview with Rece Davis he asked Mike
Krzyzewski how it feels to have 903 wins. Mike responded with, "There is some
relief, because it takes away from putting your own team together this year. It
also puts too much pressure on those kids. However I know the significance of
it, and to be the first one to be at 903 wins. Doing it in the presence of the
guy who helped me the most who had 902 made it even better."
talking about Mike Krzyzewski it's hard to say he isn't a hero. He has so much
faith in his teams and never gives up on anything he does. He has been very
successful with his life and still has time to achieve more. Mike never settles
with what he has, he always wants more and always wants to achieve more.
Mike once said "Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that
again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with
the fact that I didn't give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one."
Basically he is
saying after he won the first championship he started preparing for the next
year to win it again. Mike Krzyzewski still coaches at Duke University and
plans to stay there for a while. In a interview with Jay Bilas, Jay asks, "How
do you feel when the subject comes up about how much longer are you going to
coach?" Mike says, "The one this should not do is cheat the game, and the main
way to cheat the game is when you stop wanting to prepare and right now I still
really like to do this."
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