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Coach K’s timeline

By David Broughton
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1986

March: Leads Duke to 37 wins, the most in NCAA history.

 

1991

April: Duke wins its first men’s basketball NCAA championship. It’s the school’s second national title in any sport, after the men’s 1986 soccer team accomplished the feat.

 

1992

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April: 34.3 million TV viewers tune in to CBS to see Duke defeat Michigan’s Fab Five to win its second straight national title. It remains the second-largest TV audience in college basketball history.

August: Serves as an assistant coach to Chuck Daly (a former Duke assistant coach) for the men’s gold medal-winning Summer Olympic “Dream Team” in Barcelona. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 as part of that squad.

 

1993

March: Signs a 15-year contract with Nike that includes a $1 million signing bonus, an annual stipend of $375,000, and stock options. The partnership still exists.

 

1997

September: Receives Duke University’s Medal of Honor, the school’s highest honor.

 

1998

June: Duke’s Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab opens, consisting of orthopedic surgeons and biomechanical engineers studying how muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments respond to competition.

 

1999

June: Duke is the first school in the history of the NBA draft to have four players — Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon, Corey Maggette and William Avery — selected in the first round. Sixty-eight Blue Devils who played under Coach K have been drafted, including 42 first-round picks. He coached nearly 5% of all players on 2021-22 opening-day rosters.

November: Founds the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund, a first-of-its-kind in college athletics endowed fund that provides full financial support for one player each year. The fund requires a minimum donation of $1 million and has endowed 13 player scholarships and all coaching positions.

 

2000

November: Coach K Court signage is unveiled in two squares at both ends of the court at Cameron.

 

2001

Coach K and wife, Mickiecourtesy of Duke

May: Elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

September: Creates, along with his wife, Mickie, the $100,000 Krzyzewski Family Scholarship Endowment, which provides assistance to Duke undergraduates from the Carolinas.

November 19: Signs a lifetime contract with Duke. Also releases his first book, “Five-Point Play: Duke’s Journey to the 2001 National Championship.”

 

2004

July: Announces that he has turned down an offer to become the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach, which was reported to be worth $40 million over five years.

 

2005

April: Featured in an AmEx TV spot.

May: Receives West Point’s Distinguished Graduate Award.

October: Named the head coach of the USA Basketball men’s senior national team program, a position he would hold through 2016.

 

2006

February: The Emily Krzyzewski Center opens its doors, serving 38 Durham, N.C.-area students. Named after Coach K’s mother, who did not complete school beyond eighth grade and scrubbed floors at night at the Chicago Athletic Club to help support her family, the center’s programs focus on the “academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.” Today, more than 2,000 Durham students annually use the center. A 2018-20 campaign raised $18.85 million.

 

2007

October: Releases his second book, “Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success.”

 

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2008

August: Team USA wins the gold medal at the Beijing Summer Olympics. Krzyzewski chronicled his Olympic experience in his 2009 book, “The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team.”

 

2010

September: Inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

  

2011

September: Inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame.

December: Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. He shares the cover with women’s basketball coaching icon Pat Summitt.

 

2012

April: Receives the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

August: Team USA wins gold at the London Summer Olympics.

 

2013

June: Receives College Sports Information Directors of America’s Dick Enberg Award, honoring his longtime support of the Academic All-America program.

 

2014

January: President George H.W. Bush, co-founder/chairman of CEO Roundtable on Cancer, travels to Durham to recognize Krzyzewski for his personal commitment and leadership.

 

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2015

April: Captures his fifth NCAA championship. The 2015 Duke-Wisconsin national championship ranks as the highest-rated game since 1999 (16.0) and the most watched since 1997 (28.3 million). A Coach K-led Duke team has played in six of the 16 most-watched games ever televised.

 

2016

September: Launches PowerForward, a B2B digital, video-based leadership development platform, with entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency, and Duke and Harvard Business School alumna Chrissie Gorman, who is running the company as CEO. Partners come from throughout the industry.

 

August: Team USA wins the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Krzyzewski finishes his international coaching career,  which spanned 15 competitions over 37 years as a head or assistant coach, with 11 gold medals, two silver and two bronze.

 

2017

December: Nike opens the 47,000-square-foot Michael Krzyzewski Fitness Center on its campus in Portland.

 

2020

February: ‘’Coach K,” a Capital One TV commercial that features Coach K, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and Charles Barkley, debuts as the postseason begins in late February. 

June: Krzyzewski’s total compensation from Duke in the fiscal year that ended June 30 is $7.35 million, including base salary, bonuses, incentives, retirement, deferments, nontaxable benefits and “other reportable compensation,” according to IRS Form 990 filed by Duke.

October: The men’s basketball program becomes the first collegiate team to receive the Chris Greicius Award from Make-A-Wish America.

 

2021

June: Announces that the 2021-22 season will be his last.

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