Legendary Duke Men’s Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, has decided next season at Duke will be his last. The highly decorated future Hall of Famer’s resume consists of a 1,170-361 record, 5 NCAA titles, 12 Final Four Appearances, and 6 gold medals as the U.S. Men’s National Team Coach.
Duke finished last season 13-11, making for the team’s worst record percentage wise since 1996. The team additionally failed to meet qualifying requirements for the NCAA Tournament. A feat so shocking that the last time the team was absent from the tournament, the Chargers were in the Super Bowl. Is the team’s apparent decline part of why Coach K is departing? One can only wonder. However, many seem to believe Coach K’s 74 years of age is the primary factor.
Duke Associate head Coach, Jon Scheyer, is to fill the big shoes left behind. Scheyer, who played under Coach K from 2006-2010, has been on the Duke coaching staff since 2013. Only time will tell if Duke’s legacy can stay intact in a post-Coach K era.