Mike Krzyzewski (right) with another legend, John Wooden, who won 10 titles in 28 seasons at UCLA.
By Harvey Hoffman
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history who has won five national championships in his 41 seasons, will retire after the 2021-22 season, the university announced.
“My family and I view today as a celebration,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been beyond amazing and we are thankful and honored to have led two college programs at world-class institutions for more than four decades. That, coupled with 11 unforgettable years as the United States National Team coach, has resulted in a remarkable journey. Certainly, I have been blessed to coach some of the finest young men and greatest players in basketball history as a direct result of these unique opportunities. For us, there is no greater joy than being part of our players’ respective endeavors through basketball, and more importantly, their lives off the court.”
Duke associate head coach Jon Scheyer, who played for Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010, has been named Krzyzewski’s successor. Scheyer will spend the 2021-22 season as coach-in-waiting and will take over after that.