Since 2006, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has coached the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball team. In his two Olympic appearances as head coach, he has led the team to two gold medals.
His legendary career at Duke may be far from over, but Krzyzewski’s time with the Olympic team will be up after the 2016 games. According to ESPN, announced he will be stepping down after next summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro.
“It is. It definitely is,” Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. “I think it’s time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching. There has to be a succession … a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.”
Since being hired in 2005, Krzyzewski has a near-perfect record of 75-1 as the Team USA coach. He led the team to the gold medal in both 2008 and 2012, as well as the FIBA world championship in 2010 and the World Cup in 2014. He talked about how he will still be involved with the team once he steps down.
“Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,” Krzyzewski said. “But I think we’re ready as an organization to do that, and I’m excited about the future because [of] what we’ve done over the last 10 years.”
It’s been a good run for Krzyzewski and I’m sure they will do a good job of selecting his replacement.
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