“My family and I view today as a celebration,” said Coach K in a statement. “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.”
Krzyzewski is widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest coaches ever after amassing 1,1170 career wins and five national championships with Duke in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015.
Duke has tabbed Jon Scheyer – who played at Duke from 2006-10, to be the next head coach beginning in the 2022-23 season. Scheyer has spent the last eight years on staff at Duke and was promoted to associate head coach in 2018.
“Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I could not ask for a better place to continue my career,” Scheyer said in a statement. “This is absolutely humbling. First, I offer extreme gratitude to the greatest coach of all time whose career is unrivaled in basketball. Coach K has built the premier program in our sport thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, a tireless attention to detail, a family-first approach, and remarkable compassion and care of his players, coaches, and staff. He has set a standard that every coach at every level should strive to achieve.”
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on Wednesday that part of Krzyzewski’s decision to retire included the changing landscape of college basketball. With more than 1,600 players currently in the transfer portal, according to Verbal Commits and the ability for student-athletes to soon profit off the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL), Krzewski’s decision to retire could have been accelerated.
What does Duke do now?
Despite bringing in the third-ranked recruiting class in 2020, according to 247Sports Duke went just 13-11 in 2020-21 failing to miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. During the 1995 season, Krzyzewski missed 12 games as he recovered from back pain.
Since that 1995 season, Krzyzewski has missed time in different seasons, due to health issues mostly notably in 2016-17 when he missed about a month after back surgery. In the past season, he was held out of a game because he was in close contact with COVID-19. Scheyer served as Duke’s head coach for an 83-82 victory over Boston College.
Krzyzewski’s retirement comes at a time of major change inside the Duke athletic department. Nina King is set to replace Kevin White as Duke’s athletic department in August. King has been involved with Duke athletics for over a decade, most recently as a senior deputy director of athletics/administering, legal affairs and chief of staff. The decision to promote Scheyer was officially approved on Tuesday night in a meeting among senior officials — including Krzyzewski, in Duke’s athletic department, according to Goodman.
“Jon Scheyer is, without a doubt, a rising star in the men’s basketball coaching world,” King said. “He is well prepared not only to assume his new position relative to coaching Duke Men’s Basketball on the court but to lead the program into the future especially given the shifting landscape of college athletics. Jon has and will continue to represent Duke University in exemplary fashion, and we are undoubtedly well-positioned for success moving forward as one of college basketball’s elite programs.”
Scheyer has been part of Duke’s two most recent national championships — as a player in 2010 and assistant coach in 2015. Scheyer is slated to be the first coach in NCAA history to be named the head coach at his alma mater after winning national championships as both a player and coach.