Coach K’s Final Season



Duke University basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski in action against the University of Miami.

Whether you love him or hate him, the greatness Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils Basketball Team, has been able to accomplish is undeniable. As his career comes to a close, let’s look back at quite the memorable journey he has been on.

In June of 2021, Krzyzewski announced his retirement from coaching after being hundreds of Blue Devils’ mentor and overall a legendary guy. Over the span of 42 years, Coach K earned 5 national titles, 1,197 wins and counting, 12 final fours, is a three-time Naismith coach of the year, and five-time ACC coach of the year, along with three Olympic medals. He has blown out the competition with an astonishing record of 1,197-365. Krzyzewski has led 68 players to the NBA since 1980, such as Kyrie Irving, Jason Tatum, Zion Williamson, and many more.

He has left an impact on many athletes on and off the court. Throughout his career, he emphasized that wanting to be a winner takes leadership, hard work, and passion for the game. Class of 2017 Canyon alumni, Alaina Garcia says, “Coach K has always been a huge inspiration to me. Everything about him consists of being a winner. I’ve read multiple books about him that have made me become the best version of myself.”

On Tuesday night, Krzyzewski coached his final game where seat prices went as high as $79,000. The game left a shocking result as the Blue Devils were upset by their rivals, the North Carolina Tarheels. At the end of the game, Krzyzewski said, “Let me just say, it’s unacceptable. Today was unacceptable, but the season has been very acceptable. And I’ll tell you, the season isn’t over.” There is no doubt that his words ignited a flame in the team to end his career on a good note.

Although his career is coming to an end, the 2022 season is far from over. With March Madness quickly approaching, Coach K has his eye on another title to give his story the ultimate ending. He has proven time and time again to never count him out, even when it is his final year. Be sure to stay up to date in this year’s March Madness tournament to watch the Blue Devils compete for a championship and try to give their coach the best grand finale one can ask for.