UNC and Kansas move on to NCAA men’s basketball championship as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career ends

Coach K’s legendary career

Mike Krzyzewski sees pre-match introductions before his last home game at Duke in March 2022.

Coach K’s legendary career

Before becoming a coach, Krzyzewski played in the Army under another legendary coach, Bob Knight. Decades later, Krzyzewski would eventually break the Knights’ record for most Division I coaching victories.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Knight coach Team USA together at the Pan American Games in 1979. At the time, Knight was the head coach of Indiana University. Krzyzewski was the head coach of the Army, his alma mater.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski speaks to the media after he was appointed Duke’s head coach in 1980.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coached Billy King during the national title fight against Louisville in 1986. Duke lost 72-69, but it would return to the Final Four for five of the next six seasons.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Duke are celebrating after winning the NCAA Tournament Finals in 1991. It was a sweet redemption for the Blue Devils, who were blown out in the national title fight a year earlier.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski hugs his star center, Christian Laettner, after Laettner’s buzzer-beater over Kentucky brought the Blue Devils to the 1992 Final Four. Duke continued to repeat as champions.

Coach K’s legendary career

President George HW Bush welcomes Krzyzewski’s team to the White House after their 1992 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his longtime coaching rival, North Carolina’s Dean Smith, chat before a game in 1994. Smith retired in 1997.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski talks to Duke fans after the pitch at Cameron Indoor Stadium was named after him in 2000.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski celebrates with his daughters Jamie, left, and Lindy, after Duke won his third national championship in 2001.

Coach K’s legendary career

In 2001, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was joined by his old coach Bob Knight, who introduced him during the ceremony. Other inmates that year were John Chaney, far left, and Moses Malone, second from right.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski shouts at an official during a 2005 home game against North Carolina.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches LeBron James, left, and Carmelo Anthony during a Team USA training session in 2008. The team won Olympic gold that year in Beijing.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski carries several gold medals while celebrating the Olympic victory with his team in 2008.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski greets “Cameron Crazies” before Duke’s annual blue-and-white game in 2008.

Coach K’s legendary career

The Duke bench celebrates after the Blue Devils defeated Butler to win the national title in 2010.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski kisses the net after Duke’s title in 2010.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during a huddle in 2011.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Knight embrace after Krzyzewski broke the Knights’ record for most Division I coaching victories in 2011. Knight was at the match and served as a television commentator.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, watch as a new banner celebrating his victory record is unveiled at Cameron Indoor Stadium. To the left is former Duke athletics director Tom Butters, who hired Krzyzewski.

Coach K’s legendary career

LeBron James dumps water on Krzyzewski after Team USA won Olympic gold in 2012.

Coach K’s legendary career

Duke fans cheer as Krzyzewski takes the floor before a 2015 home game.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski sits on the field during the 2015 national title game against Wisconsin. The Blue Devils won their fifth championship.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Duke Quinn Cook are celebrating their title in 2015.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski jokes with President Barack Obama when the Blue Devils visited the White House after their 2015 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during a match in New York in 2015.

Coach K’s legendary career

Coach K’s legendary career

Duke fans are holding up a cardboard cut-out of Krzyzewski’s face during a 2019 game.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski leads his team, as associate head coach Jon Scheyer shouts behind him in 2019. Scheyer will succeed Krzyzewski as Duke’s next head coach. Scheyer also played for Krzyzewski and was on the national title team in 2010.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during the ACC Tournament in 2021. Duke missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, are leaving a press conference after announcing his retirement plans in 2021.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski is attending a preseason event at Duke in 2021.

Coach K’s legendary career

Memorabilia will be inducted into the Duke Basketball Hall of Fame on the day of Krzyzewski’s final home game in March 2022.

Coach K’s legendary career

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski recognizes the crowd after his last home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. There were 96 former Duke players in attendance to watch the match, including Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Elton Brand and JJ Redick. During the post-match ceremony, Krzyzewski apologized for the loss and thanked the audience for their support over the years. “Our family grew up here – 10 grandchildren, our three beautiful daughters – and we absolutely loved being part of the Duke family,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s hard for me to believe this is over.”

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski is being hugged by first star Paolo Banchero after Duke won their second round of the NCAA tournament this year.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his players pose for photos after winning the Western Region at the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils defeated Arkansas to reserve their spot in the Final Four.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski looks to the audience before the start of Duke’s Final Four match against North Carolina.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski talks to his team during a timeout in the Final Four.

Coach K’s legendary career

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