Sports speaker and award winning basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is one of the most decorated college basketball coaches in the United States. Coach Krzyzewski has been the head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils since 1980 and has led his teams to win five NCAA Championships and thirteen ACC Tournament Championships. He is also the current coach of the United States Men’s National Basketball team and since being named head coach in 2006, Krzyzewski has coached professional basketball stars including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, among others to win two Olympic Gold medals in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Throughout his career at Duke University, Coach Krzyzewski has taken his teams to postseason tournaments in 31 out of 34 years and with an 86-25 record for a .767 percentage, Krzyzewski currently has the most wins of any active coach in the history of the men’s NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Coach Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game on January 25th, 2015, making him the first men’s coach to win 1,000 NCAA division one basketball games. With this same team Coach Kryzewski lead the Blue Devils to their fifth NCAA championship.
Also an author, Mike Krzyzewski has written several books throughout his career including Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life, Five-Point Play: Duke’s Journey to the 2001 National Championship, and The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team. His latest book, published in 2007, is called Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success in which he gives readers guidance and advice on coaching and educating players both on and off the basketball court.
As a philanthropist, Mike Krzyzewski actively supports in fundraisers for charities including Children’s Miracle Network, Duke Children’s Hospital, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research which was created by Krzyzewski’s close friend and former head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, Jim Valvono just before his passing in 1993.