DURHAM, N.C. – Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski was named co-recipient of the 2008 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award on Thursday for leading the United States to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Krzyzewski, the head coach of the U.S. senior men’s national team, will share the honor with Anne
Donovan, who also led the women’s senior national team to a gold medal in Beijing. Krzyzewski made USA Basketball history as the first coach to receive the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year title in three consecutive years, having also won the honor in 2006 and 2007.
“I’m very honored, but what this award really recognizes is the commitment, dedication and selflessness of everyone involved with the USA men’s team,” Krzyzewski said. “Our success was achieved through hard work and teamwork. Everyone – Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, my coaching staff – Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan – the support staff, and, of course, the players, had a hand in helping the team win Olympic gold. As I’ve said previously, we were blessed to have many of the world’s best basketball players, and they not only played with great intensity and teamwork, but also represented the United States in a manner that made everyone proud. I also congratulate Anne Donovan with whom I share this year’s award. Coach Donovan did a tremendous job with the women’s Olympic team and in a short amount of preparation time, molded the women into a true gold medal team.”
USA Basketball also will nominate Donovan and Krzyzewski for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 2008 National Coach of the Year award, which is expected to be announced in the spring of 2009.
USA Basketball’s National Coach of the Year award was established in 1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who, during the year of the award, made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the highest level of competition. Other previous USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award winners include Gail Goestenkors (2005); Van Chancellor (2004, 2002); Larry Brown (2003, 1999); Jim Boeheim (2001); Nell Fortner (2000); Clem Haskins (1998); Mo McHone (1997); and Tara VanDerveer (1996).