There must be something in the water. Legendary Duke University men's basketball coach Mike 'Coach K' Krzyzewski, will reportedly retire after the upcoming 2021-22 NCAA basketball season, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. Krzyzewski’s announcement comes just months after UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball coach Roy Williams stepped down.
Krzyzewski is the winningest head coach in NCAA history, with a 1,170-361 overall coaching record that includes a 97-30 record in NCAA Division I tournaments, 63-21 record in ACC tournament play, and a 2-2 NIT record. He has spent 41 seasons with Duke. An official announcement is expected to be made soon.
Former Duke guard Jon Scheyer, who played for Krzyzewski from 2006-10 and has worked as an assistant on the Blue Devils staff since 2014, is considered the "leading candidate" to replace Krzyzewski, according to Goodman.
Krzyzewski led the Blue Devils to the NCAA tournament 36 times, and won five national championships. His teams have made 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, won 15 ACC Tournament titles and 12 ACC regular season championships.
Krzyzewski is a three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year and a five-time ACC Coach of the Year.
Krzyzewski also led the U.S. men's national basketball team to five Olympic Gold medal victories in the 1984 Los Angeles, 1992 Barcelona, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.
Last season, Duke missed the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament for the first time since 1995, and was forced to forfeit in the ACC tournament amid numerous positive COVID-19 tests.