After 42 seasons, Duke’s basketball team will have a new coach. Mike Krzyzewski is retiring from the game according to a new report. He has since released a statement on his retirement.
Coach K is known for becoming the first Division I men’s coach to reach 1,000 victories. He’s sitting at 1,170 total right now, and that is where he will stay.
College basketball insider Jeff Goodman was the first to break the news about Coach K’s retirement. The legendary coach has since released a statement where he stated that today is a celebration for him.
“My family and I view today as a celebration. 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. Our family is eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to our career for the past 46 years.”
“So, to the countless members of our extended family, thank you very much.”
This is truly the end of an era in college basketball. Coach K was a mainstay courtside at every Duke game. Now he will no long lead his Blue Devils into battle. The 74-year-old coach will now stay retired, but he is incredibly grateful for the journey he had in basketball.
During his career with Duke, he led the team to 5 national championships and has made 12 Final Four appearances. Those will be very hard shoes to fill.
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