UNC and Kansas advance to NCAA men’s basketball championship as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career comes to an end

Coach K’s legendary career

Mike Krzyzewski watches pregame introductions before his final home game at Duke in March 2022.

Coach K’s legendary career

Before he was a coach, Krzyzewski played at Army under another legendary coach, Bob Knight. Decades later, Krzyzewski would eventually break Knight’s record for most Division I coaching wins.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Knight coach Team USA together at the Pan American Games in 1979. At the time, Knight was the head coach of Indiana University. Krzyzewski was head coach at Army, his alma mater.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski speaks to the media after he was named Duke’s head coach in 1980.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches Billy King during the national title game against Louisville in 1986. Duke lost 72-69, but it would return to the Final Four in five of the next six seasons.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Duke celebrate after winning the NCAA Tournament final in 1991. It was sweet redemption for the Blue Devils, who were blown out in the national title game one year earlier.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski hugs his star center, Christian Laettner, after Laettner’s buzzer-beater over Kentucky put the Blue Devils in the 1992 Final Four. Duke went on to repeat as champions.

Coach K’s legendary career

President George HW Bush welcomes Krzyzewski’s team to the White House after their 1992 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his longtime coaching rival, North Carolina’s Dean Smith, chat before a game in 1994. Smith retired in 1997.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski speaks to Duke fans after the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium was named after him in 2000.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski celebrates with his daughters Jamie, left, and Lindy after Duke won its third national championship in 2001.

Coach K’s legendary career

In 2001, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was joined by his old coach Bob Knight, who introduced him during the ceremony. Other inductees that year were John Chaney, far left, and Moses Malone, second from right.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski shouts toward an official during a home game against North Carolina in 2005.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches LeBron James, left, and Carmelo Anthony during a Team USA practice in 2008. The team went on to win Olympic gold that year in Beijing.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski wears numerous gold medals while celebrating the Olympic win with his team in 2008.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski greets the “Cameron Crazies” before Duke’s annual Blue-White game in 2008.

Coach K’s legendary career

The Duke bench celebrates after the Blue Devils defeated Butler to win the national title in 2010.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski kisses the net following Duke’s 2010 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during a huddle in 2011.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Knight embrace after Krzyzewski broke Knight’s record for most Division I coaching wins in 2011. Knight was at the game serving as a television commentator.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, watch as a new banner, celebrating his wins record, is unveiled at Cameron Indoor Stadium. On the left is former Duke athletic director Tom Butters, who hired Krzyzewski.

Coach K’s legendary career

LeBron James dumps water on Krzyzewski after Team USA won Olympic gold in 2012.

Coach K’s legendary career

Duke fans cheer as Krzyzewski takes the floor before a home game in 2015.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski sits courtside during the 2015 national title game against Wisconsin. The Blue Devils went on to win their fifth championship.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and Duke guard Quinn Cook celebrate their 2015 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski jokes with President Barack Obama as the Blue Devils visited the White House after their 2015 title.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during a game in New York in 2015.

Coach K’s legendary career

Coach K’s legendary career

Duke fans hold up a cardboard cutout of Krzyzewski’s face during a game in 2019.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski directs his team as associate head coach Jon Scheyer shouts behind him in 2019. Scheyer will succeed Krzyzewski as Duke’s next head coach. Scheyer also played for Krzyzewski and was on the national title team in 2010.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski coaches his team during the ACC Tournament in 2021. Duke missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, leave a news conference after he announced his retirement plans in 2021.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski attends a preseason event at Duke in 2021.

Coach K’s legendary career

Memorabilia is displayed at the Duke Basketball Hall of Fame on the day of Krzyzewski’s final home game in March 2022.

Coach K’s legendary career

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski acknowledges the crowd after his final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. There were 96 former Duke players in attendance to watch the game, including Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Elton Brand and JJ Redick. During the postgame ceremony, Krzyzewski apologized for the loss and thanked the crowd for their support over the years. “Our family has grown up here — 10 grandchildren, our three beautiful daughters — and we have absolutely loved being a part of the Duke family,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s hard for me to believe this is over.”

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski is hugged by star freshman Paolo Banchero after Duke won their second-round game in the NCAA Tournament this year.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski and his players pose for photos after winning the West regional at the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils defeated Arkansas to book their spot in the Final Four.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski looks to the crowd before the start of Duke’s Final Four game against North Carolina.

Coach K’s legendary career

Krzyzewski talks with his team during a timeout at the Final Four.

Coach K’s legendary career

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