Originally published at 5:06 p.m. on June 2, 2021
At 5 p.m., the information was updated.
Men’s collegiate basketball in North Carolina is about to take on a completely new face.
Mike Krzyzewski, the head men’s basketball coach of Duke, plans to step down at the end of the 2021-22 season. Stadium was the first to disclose the news, which was later confirmed by WUNC.
Duke has yet to issue a formal statement, although one is likely soon.
Coach K’s announcement comes just two months after UNC’s Roy Williams, a longstanding local rival, announced his retirement after 33 years on the job.
Details for his succession, Jon Scheyer, the associate head coach and a former Blue Devils player, are still being ironed out.
Since 1980, Krzyzewski has been the head coach of Duke’s men’s basketball team. Since then, he has guided the Blue Devils to five national titles, 12 Final Four appearances, 15 ACC tournament titles, and 12 regular-season ACC titles. In four decades, Krzyzewski has led Duke to at least one Final Four.
This will be Krzyzewski’s 42nd season on the bench in Durham. Michael Savarino, his grandson, will be a junior on the team.
Krzyzewski, a native of Chicago, graduated from West Point Military Academy and coached the Army Black Knights for five seasons before being recruited to Duke.
Krzyzewski has a record of 1,170-361 in his coaching career, which is the most wins in men’s collegiate basketball.
Following his third national championship with the Blue Devils, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. For more than a decade, Krzyzewski was the head coach of the United States men’s national team, leading them to gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro. In 1984 and 1992, he was an assistant coach on two more Olympic-winning teams, and in 2010, he was re-inducted into the Hall of Fame with the “Dream Team.”
Duke has six players selected National Defensive Player of the Year and 12 players chosen ACC Player of the Year under Krzyzewski’s guidance. Sixty-seven of Krzyzewski’s players were NBA draught picks.
In a COVID-adjusted season, Duke went 13-11 (9-9 ACC) and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.
Several former players or assistant coaches of Krzyzewski have gone on to become head coaches. Jeff Capel of Pitt and Mike Brey of Notre Dame are the only two in the ACC.
Nina King, the newly hired athletic director, is making her first major choice. Just two weeks ago, King was promoted from senior deputy athletic director to the top role. Her term begins on September 1st.
This is a developing storey, and more information will be added as it becomes available.