Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Top 15 Inspiring Quotes Duke Mens Basketball Coach Baby Boomer Mike Krzyzewski

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“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

“Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.”

“I always wanted to teach.”

“I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up. Sports helped me channel that temper into more positive acts.”

“I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.”

“I think you’re not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.”

“I’ve tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we’ll win again, but I’ve also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sports.”


“Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.”

“In high school, in sports, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.”

“That’s what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.”

“The person who has inspired me my whole life is my Mom, because she taught me commitment. She sacrificed.”

“The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.”

“There are kids don’t want to do something because they’re afraid of looking stupid to their peers. There comes a time when they start protecting themselves, instead of extending. I want to make sure that they’re always trying to extend themselves.”

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”

~Mike Krzyzewski

Michael William “Mike” Krzyzewski ( (born February 13, 1947 in Chicago, Il.) Nicknamed “Coach K”, is an Duke University’s men’s college basketball coach. He is currently the coach of the United States men’s national basketball team, whom he led to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In 1980, Krzyzewski took over as the head coach at Duke University after five seasons at Army. After a few years of rebuilding, he and the Blue Devils became a fixture on the national basketball scene with 26 NCAA Tournament berths in the past 27 years and 15 consecutive from 1996-2010, which is the second-longest current streak of tournament appearances. Overall, he has taken his program to postseason play in 27 of his 30 years at Duke and is the winningest active coach in NCAA Tournament play with a 74–22 record for a .771 winning percentage. His Duke teams have won 12 ACC Championships, been to 10 Final Fours, and won three NCAA tournament National Championships. On February 13th, 2010, Krzyzewski coached in his 1000th game as the Duke head coach.

Trivia: He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1969, and played basketball under Bobby Knight while training to become an officer in the Army.


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