Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski Retiring at the End of Upcoming Season: Report

by Matthew Wilson
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Duke University will soon be without its head coach. Is longstanding coach Mike Krzyzewski retiring be a part of the team’s next step?

According to reports, Krzyzewski is on his way out. Jeff Goodman, a basketball analyst for Stadium, reported that Krzyzewski may retire at the end of this season. Multiple sources close to Duke have reported on the possible retirement. Goodman expects an official announcement soon.

On Twitter, the anaylst wrote, “Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided to retire after this coming season, multiple sources told @stadium. Official announcement expected soon. The leading candidate to replace K is assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer.”

Jon Scheyer currently serves under Krzyzewski as his assistant coach since 2014, first joining the team in 2013. At Duke as a player, he garnered the coveted MVP Award in 2009.

He also played for the 2010 Miami Heat Las Vegas summer league team after college. During the season, he experienced a severe right eye injury, which greatly affected his playing career.

Mike Krzyzewski Retiring

Meanwhile, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has had an extraordinary career at the University. Many of the Duke faithful refer to him affectionately as “Coach K.”

During his career as coach at the university, he coached Duke to five NCAA Tournament victories. They also appeared in the Final Four on 12 separate occasions. In total, they have 27 combined ACC titles in both tournament and regular-season competitions.

Krzyzewski took over the program as head coach in the 1980-1981 season. He recently turned 74-years-old in February and may be planning to enjoy his retirement years. Scheyer certainly has tall shoes to fill. Krzyzewski was a five-time ACC Coach of the Year. He also garnered a three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year as well.

Breaking down his stats, Krzyzewski has a 1097-302 (.784) all-time record. He has 25+ wins in 22 of the last 24 seasons. That record stretches all the way back to the 1997-98 season. Additionally, he led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament from 1996 to 2019, making 24 straight appearances. That streak finally ended in 2020.

So when will there be an official announcement? Duke University is expected to announce Krzyzewski’s retirement sometime on Wednesday. Likewise, Scheyer will replace him in the position.

For many at Duke University, it will be an end of an era. All of the college basketball acknowledges Coach K’s accomplishments and wishes Mike Krzyzewski well in his retirement.

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