On Wednesday, Duke University announced that Mike Krzyzewski is set to retire after the 2021-2022 season. This will mark the end of his 41-year career with the Blue Devils. Who, in your opinion, is the ideal Coach K replacement for Duke University?
“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,” Kryzyzewski said in a statement. “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.”
Potential Coach K Replacement
Kryzyzewski is the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history, and he has led the Blue Devils to five national championships in 41 seasons. With 1,097 career wins at Duke, he has led the Blue Devils to the Final Four 12 times. He has won 12 regular-season ACC championships, 15 conference tournament titles and is also a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach.
Vincent Price, the president of Duke University, praised Kryzyzewski for his incredible career. “I can say without hesitation that Mike Krzyzewski is the greatest coach in the history of men’s college basketball,” Price said. “But the true measure of his excellence is more personal. It is in his resolute commitment to integrity, fairness, and inclusion; in his transformational impact on collegiate athletics and the Durham community; in the joy, generosity, and inspiration he has brought to countless fans; and in his role as guide and teacher of thousands of players, coaches, and staff at Duke and beyond.”
The Blue Devils associate head coach Jon Scheyer as the ideal Coach K replacement. Scheyer, who played for Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010, has been named Krzyzewski’s successor after the 2021-2022 season. Scheyer has some tremendously large shoes to fill and a long journey ahead of him, but his superiors, fans, and players have a lot of faith in him.
“Jon Scheyer is without a doubt the absolute perfect leader to assume this ‘high wire’ challenge,” Athletic director Kevin White said. “Jon truly embodies all the characteristics of a strong and determined leader… [he] fully understands all the immediate (evolving) challenges facing college athletics, and specifically college basketball.”
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If one thing is for certain, it is that “Coach K” will be missed. His legacy lives on, and it will continue to live on, and be fiercely preserved by future students, athletes, and coaches. His retirement truly marks the end of an era for Duke, but under the leadership of Jon Scheyer, the Blue Devils will continue to excel in the game.
Krzyzewski himself gave his blessing to the young, will-be-first-time head coach. “The continuation of our culture at Duke is paramount to future success,” Krzyzewski said. “Jon Scheyer represents our best path forward. He is clearly ready for this opportunity and has shown it repeatedly throughout his playing career and as a coach on our staff the past eight seasons. Jon is a rising star in our profession and Duke Basketball could not be in better hands in the future.”