Coach K Research Paper

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Mike Krzyzewski Jama Ahmed Sports Management 101 Kieth Bosley 11/03/2011 Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced Sha-shef-ski) nicknamed "Coach K", was born March 13, 1947. Coach K is the head Men’s basketball coach at Duke University. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised on the city’s Northwest side, among other working class Polish-American families. He was the son of Polish-American parents William Krzyzewskiach and Emily M, his mother was a cleaning woman, his father an elevator operator. His family lived in a two story house with relatives. From an early age Mike showed a passion for sports, but by high school he was focused on basketball. In high school he made such an impact on the game he was scouted and recruited…show more content…
The first two seasons at Duke were disappointing, but over the next few years Coach K made quite a remarkable turnaround. In 1984 Krzyzewski led his Blue Devils to the NCAA tournament for the first time. In 1986 Krzyzewski's Blue Devils got to the Final Four and came one game of winning the championship. Within that year, they had played more games than any other team in the history of college basketball. With five seniors graduating, many critics expected an immediate decline in Duke's basketball winnings, but Krzyzewski's 1987 Devils won 24 games and made it to the Sweet 16, losing to Indiana, who went on to win the national championship. From 1988 to 1992, he led his team to the Final Four, five consecutive seasons. UCLA's legendary John Wooden is the only other coach in the history of the tournament to accomplish such greatness. "Leadership is getting people to buy into something, making them feel vested in the whole decision-making process," said Grant Hill, an All-American who helped Duke to two national titles. "Coach K is remarkable at doing that." The numbers under Coach K are staggering: -Four National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010) -12 National Coach of the Year honors (eight seasons) -Seven National Players of the Year (nine honors) -Six National Defensive Players of the Year (nine honors) -27 NCAA Tournament bids 23 All-America selections (37…show more content…
Coach K at last led Duke to victory in 1991, winning their first national championship. Once again in the year 1992, Duke won the national title, and maintained the national number one ranking throughout the season, this time by 20 points. Mike Krzyzewski is the only coach since John Wooden to win two consecutive NCAA championships. Once again the Duke team made it to the championship in 1994, losing by only 4 points to Arkansas. Shortly after the tournament, Coach K. was forced to take a ten-month break from coaching because he underwent back surgery, but he returned to lead the Blue Devils into three more NCAA tournaments in 1996, '97 and '99. The Sporting News named him Sportsman of the Year in 1992 he was the first college coach to have been so honored. Also in 1991 he was named Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and by Basketball Times
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