UNC and Kansas advance to the NCAA men’s basketball championship as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career comes to an end

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Mike Krzyzewski watches the pre-game performance ahead of his final home game with Duke in March 2022.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Before becoming a coach, Krzyzewski played in Army under another legendary coach, Bob Knight. Decades later, Krzyzewski finally broke Knight’s record for most Division I coaching wins.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski speaks to the media after being named Duke’s head coach in 1980.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski and Duke celebrate their victory in the 1991 NCAA Tournament Finals. It was sweet redemption for the Blue Devils, who had been knocked out in the national title fight a year earlier.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski hugs his star center Christian Laettner after Laettner’s buzzer beater sent the Blue Devils into the 1992 Final Four over Kentucky. Duke repeated as champion.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski yells at an official at a home game against North Carolina in 2005.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski was wearing numerous gold medals when he celebrated Olympic victory with his team in 2008.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski kisses the net after the 2010 Duke title.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski trains his team during a huddle in 2011.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski and Knight embrace after Krzyzewski broke Knight’s record for most Division I coaching wins in 2011. Knight served as a television commentator on the game.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

LeBron James showers Krzyzewski with water after Team USA wins 2012 Olympic gold.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Duke fans cheer as Krzyzewski speaks before a home game in 2015.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski sits on the sidelines during the 2015 national title game against Wisconsin. The Blue Devils went on to win their fifth championship.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski and Duke guard Quinn Cook celebrate their 2015 title.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Duke fans hold up a cardboard cutout of Krzyzewski’s face during a game in 2019.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski directs his team as assistant head coach Jon Scheyer yells behind him in 2019. Scheyer will replace Krzyzewski as Duke’s next head coach. Scheyer also played for Krzyzewski and was on the national title team in 2010.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski is coaching his team during the ACC tournament in 2021. Duke missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski and his wife Mickie leave a news conference after he announced his plans for retirement in 2021.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski is attending a pre-season event at Duke in 2021.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski is hugged by star freshman Paolo Banchero after Duke won his game in the second round of the NCAA tournament this year.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski and his players pose for photos after winning the Regionalliga West at the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils defeated Arkansas to secure their place in the Final Four.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski looks at the crowd before the start of Duke’s Final Four game against North Carolina.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

Krzyzewski speaks to his team during a time out at the Final Four.

The Legendary Career of Coach K

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