Coach K already has a legacy as one of the most decorated college basketball coaches of all-time. So he has nothing left to prove, and the Duke coach has decided that he will be retiring at the end of next season.
After the reports all came out that Mike Krzyzewski would be stepping down after the year, he released a statement to all of his fans.
“My family and I view today as a celebration,” Krzyzewski said in an official statement via The Spun. “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.”
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) June 2, 2021
It has already been revealed that there is a plan in place for Duke assistant John Scheyer to take over for Coach K after the 2021-22 season.
Jon Scheyer Reportedly Set To Replace Coach K At Dukehttps://t.co/SPJXl8unlE
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) June 2, 2021
John Scheyer shared his excitement with getting the opportunity to coach the team he played for under Coach K.
“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 of his succeeding Krzyzewski. “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 a 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.”
It will be one hell of a send off for Coach K next season. And who knows, maybe he can walk away with one more championship under his belt.
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