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Watch Coach K Live on ESPN/ACCNX at 11:30

DURHAM ESPN and ACC Network have two days of programming planned to cover the Duke men's basketball announcements of Mike Krzyzewski's final season in 2021-22 and the naming of Jon Scheyer as the next head coach.

The press conference for Krzyzewski will air live on ACC Network beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, while ESPN's First Take will be live with the press conference from 11:30 until noon. Continuing coverage will move to ESPN2 within SportsCenter starting at noon.

Thursday's schedule also includes a number of guests on ACC Network's Packer & Durham Show, beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Throughout the day, classic Duke Basketball games will be featured. ACC Network's documentary, "The Class that Saved Coach K" will air at 7 p.m., followed by "An Evening with the Class that Saved Coach K" at 8:30 p.m. The latter program provides a behind-the-scenes look at an intimate dinner with Coach K and members of the 1982 class.

Coach K Retirement, Scheyer Next Officially Announced

DURHAM – Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has won more Division I men's college basketball games than any coach in history, announced Wednesday that the 2021-22 season will be his final year of coaching.

In 46 years as a head coach at Army West Point (1975-80) and Duke (1980-present), Krzyzewski amassed an NCAA-record 1,170 victories. In 41 seasons in Durham, he led Duke to five NCAA national championships – 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015 – and 12 Final Fours.

“My family and I view today as a celebration,” said Krzyzewski. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been beyond amazing and we are thankful and honored to have led two college programs at world-class institutions for more than four decades. That, coupled with 11 unforgettable years as the United States National Team coach, has resulted in a remarkable journey. Certainly, I have been blessed to coach some of the finest young men and greatest players in basketball history as a direct result of these unique opportunities. For us, there is no greater joy than being part of our players' respective endeavors through basketball, and more importantly, their lives off the court. Our family is eternally grateful to everyone who contributed to our career for the past 46 years. So, to the countless members of our extended family, thank you very much.”

“I can say without hesitation that Mike Krzyzewski is the greatest coach in the history of men's college basketball,” said Duke President Vincent E. Price. “This is clearly demonstrated by his tremendous success at Duke — 1,170 career wins, five national championships, 15 ACC tournament and 12 ACC regular season titles — and his service to our country as the head coach of USA Basketball. But the true measure of his excellence is more personal. It is in his resolute commitment to integrity, fairness, and inclusion; in his transformational impact on collegiate athletics and the Durham community; in the joy, generosity, and inspiration he has brought to countless fans; and in his role as guide and teacher of thousands of players, coaches, and staff at Duke and beyond. Mike, Mickie and the entire Krzyzewski family have been devoted to Duke for more than 40 years, and we are so grateful that relationship will continue for a long time to come.”

“Simply put, Mike Krzyzewski's legacy – never to be repeated again – is truly mindboggling,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “To suggest that Mike has more than earned the ‘GOAT’ mantle within the coaching community, both domestically and globally, is perhaps the greatest understatement of all time. Well beyond all the banners, hardware, titles, awards, honors, etc., Mike will long be best remembered, if not deeply respected and admired, for his unabashed love and utter devotion to his players. Again, the consummate teacher, coach, and mentor, coupled with his highly unique curriculum around life lessons and service will surely live at the pinnacle level of his chosen profession in perpetuity.”

“Mike Krzyzewski has built one of, if not the most, iconic basketball programs in the entire world and will forever hold a very special place in Duke's history and hearts,” said incoming Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King. “To be sure, he has earned a unique position as a legend and Hall of Famer not only via his innate understanding of the game of basketball but by way of his intrinsic ability to connect and impact so many throughout the sports community and well beyond. Furthermore, his incredible love for his players over 46 years as a head coach is simply unmatched. There is no question, Mike is truly one of the great coaches of all time, in any sport, in the world and we look forward to one more season with Mike Krzyzewski at the helm of Duke Men's Basketball!”

Jon Scheyer, who played under Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010 and was a captain of the 2010 national championship team, has been named Krzyzewski's successor and will be the program's 20th head coach beginning with the 2022-23 season. One of the most respected assistant coaches in college basketball, Scheyer has spent eight years on Krzyzewski's staff and was promoted to associate head coach in 2018.

“Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I could not ask for a better place to continue my career,” said Scheyer. “This is absolutely humbling. First, I offer extreme gratitude to the greatest coach of all time whose career is unrivaled in basketball. Coach K has built the premier program in our sport thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, a tireless attention to detail, a family-first approach and a remarkable compassion and care of his players, coaches, and staff. He has set a standard that every coach at every level should strive to achieve.

“I'd also like to express my sincere appreciation to President Vincent Price, Kevin White and Nina King for believing in me and providing me this opportunity. It is an honor to call this great institution my alma mater, and I'm deeply committed to furthering its academic and athletics excellence while continuing the championship legacy of Duke Basketball.”

“It is fitting, then, that after what we know will be an extraordinary final season, Mike will be succeeded by new Head Coach Jon Scheyer, a dynamic Blue Devil leader who has benefitted from Mike's close mentorship throughout his remarkable career,” added Price. “I am thrilled that Jon, who has been a part of national championship teams as both a player and coach, will be taking on this role. He represents a new generation of excellence in Duke Athletics, and there is no one better prepared or more committed to carry on Mike's legacy and drive the continued eminence of our Duke Basketball program. Under Coach Jon Scheyer, we will witness many thrilling moments to come in Cameron Indoor Stadium."

“The continuation of our culture at Duke is paramount to future success,” said Krzyzewski. “That is why I am so grateful that President Vincent Price, Kevin White and Nina King determined that Jon Scheyer represents our best path forward. He is clearly ready for this opportunity and has shown it repeatedly throughout his playing career and as a coach on our staff the past eight seasons. Jon is a rising star in our profession and Duke Basketball could not be in better hands in the future.”

“Cutting to the chase, Mike Krzyzewski is simply impossible to replace,” said White. “That said, Jon Scheyer is without a doubt the absolute perfect leader to assume this ‘high wire’ challenge. Jon truly embodies all the characteristics of a strong and determined leader, for he is highly empathetic, unequivocally task oriented, instinctively adaptable, flexible and situational, and roughly ‘six standard deviations’ beyond passionate, especially relative to the tremendous aspirations of Duke's student-athletes. Furthermore, Jon fully understands all the immediate (evolving) challenges facing college athletics, and specifically college basketball. As a contemporary leader, Jon couldn't possibly be better positioned to help Duke University, and our players, chart the pathway forward within just the right nonnegotiable programmatic culture and philosophy."

“Jon Scheyer is, without a doubt, a rising star in the men's basketball coaching world,” said King. “He is well prepared not only to assume his new position relative to coaching Duke Men's Basketball on the court, but to lead this program into the future especially given the shifting landscape of college athletics. Jon has and will continue to represent Duke University in exemplary fashion, and we are undoubtedly well-positioned for success moving forward as one of college basketball's elite programs. I am absolutely thrilled for Jon, Marcelle, and their precious family as they prepare to embark on the next chapter."

The 33-year-old Scheyer has been part of Duke's two most recent national championships – as a player on the 2010 team and an assistant coach for the 2015 squad. He would be the first in NCAA Division I men's basketball history to be named the head coach at his alma mater after winning national titles as both a player and assistant coach at that school. At 35 years of age when next season begins, the Chicago native would become the youngest men's basketball head coach among power conference institutions.

Scheyer will join a fraternity of Coach K's former Duke players or assistants that are now head coaches that includes Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Kenny Blakeney (Howard), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Jeff Capel (Pittsburgh), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Johnny Dawkins (Central Florida), Bobby Hurley (Arizona State), Nate James (Austin Peay), Greg Paulus (Niagara), Mike Schrage (Elon) and Quin Snyder (NBA's Utah Jazz). Nearly two dozen other former Coach K players, assistants and staffers are currently college basketball assistant coaches or serving in NBA front offices.

A press conference for Krzyzewski is planned for Thursday at 11:30 a.m., while a press conference for Scheyer is set for Friday at 11:00 a.m. Both events will be held at Cameron Indoor Stadium and both are closed to the general public.


MIKE KRZYZEWSKI CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Led Duke to five national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015
  • Went 88-1 with six gold medals as the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, including 24-0 in the Olympics with Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016
  • Eight-time National Coach of the Year – a total of 12 honors
  • Coached Duke to the Final Four 12 times -- tied for most in NCAA history
  • Won 12 ACC regular season championships
  • Won 15 ACC Tournament championships – an ACC record
  • Five-time ACC Coach of the Year and five-time NABC District Coach of the Year
  • Achieved a final AP No. 1 ranking eight times -- more than double the next best team in the Coach K era
  • Has spent 126 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, 556 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll and 649 weeks ranked in the top 25 AP poll – each of those figures are the most by a coach in poll history
  • Has won 67 ACC Tournament games -- the most in league history
  • His 97 NCAA Tournament wins and 35 NCAA Tournament appearances each stand as NCAA records
  • Duke's eight No. 1 seeds under Coach K are the most by a coach in NCAA Tournament history
  • He has more 20-win seasons (36) and 30-win seasons (15) than any coach in NCAA history
  • Has coached 37 All-America selections to a total of 51 honors – the most by any active coach
  • Under Krzyzewski, nine Duke players have earned 11 National Player of the Year honors – the most by an active coach
  • The Krzyzewski era has produced six Blue Devils to earn nine National Defensive Player of the Year honors – more than double the next closest team in college basketball
  • Has coached 28 NBA Lottery picks – the most in Draft history – and a total of 67 NBA Draft selections, including 41 first-round picks
  • His 1,170 career wins are most in NCAA history, while his 1,097 victories at Duke are the most in NCAA history at one school and his 517 ACC wins are the most in league history
  • Served as the President of the National Basketball Coaches Association in 1998-99
  • Named America's Best Coach by Time/CNN in 2001
  • A two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in 2001 for his individual coaching career and in 2010 as part of the collective induction of the Olympic Dream Team
  • Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009 
  • Inducted to the Army West Point Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2011
  • Presented the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award in 2012 and the Lapchick Character Award in 2015
  • Has served on the board of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research since its inception in 1993
  • Has served as an honorary chairman of the Duke Children's Hospital
  • Founded the Emily Krzyzewski Center – a community center in Durham, named in honor of his late mother, whose mission is to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, act with character and purpose, strive for academic excellence and reach their highest potential as future citizen leaders


MIKE KRZYZEWSKI QUICK FACTS

  • Born: February 13, 1947, in Chicago, Ill.
  • Family: Wife - Carol (Mickie) Marsh; Daughters - Debbie Savarino, Lindy Frasher, Jamie Spatola; Grandchildren - Joey Savarino, Michael Savarino, Carlyn Savarino, Emelia Savarino, Quin Frasher, Remington Frasher, John David Spatola, Mackenzie Carol Spatola, Caden Brodie Frasher, Madeline Joy Spatola
  • High School: Weber High School in Chicago, Ill.
  • College: Army West Point '69 (Bachelor of Science)
  • College Playing Career: Three-year letterman at Army West Point, 1967-69
  • College Honors: Team Captain, 1968-69; Second-Team All-NIT, 1969; North-South Game, 1969
  • Military Service: Army Officer, 1969-74; Resigned as Captain, 1974
  • Coaching Career: Head Coach Service Teams, 1969-72; Head Coach, U.S.M.A. Prep School (Fort Belvoir, Va.), 1972-74; Graduate Assistant Coach at Indiana University, 1974-75; Head Coach at Army West Point, 1975-80; Head Coach at Duke University, 1980-present; United States National Team Head Coach, 2006-16


JON SCHEYER QUICK FACTS

  • Born: August 24, 1987, in Northbrook, Ill.
  • Family: Wife - Marcelle; Daughter - Noa; Son - Jett
  • High School: Glenbrook North in Northbrook, Ill.
  • College: Duke '10 (Bachelor of Arts in History)
  • College Playing Career: Four-year letterman at Duke, 2007-10
  • College Honors: Co-captain, 2009, 2010; Consensus Second Team All-America, 2010; All-NCAA Final Four Team, 2010; First Team All-ACC, 2010; NCAA Tournament All-South Region, 2010; ACC Tournament MVP, 2009; All-Preseason NIT; First Team ACC All-Tournament, 2009, 2010
  • Coaching Career: Special Assistant at Duke, 2013-14; Assistant Coach at Duke, 2014-18; Associate Head Coach at 2018-present

Jon Scheyer is Next

As the news broke this morning that Mike Krzyzewski would retire at the end of the coming season, it knocked the fanbase back. But Duke already knew who would take over in associate head coach Jon Scheyer.

The 33-year-old Scheyer was twice named captain while at Duke and in 2010 helped lead the Blue Devils to their fourth at the time national championship.

During that season, Krzyzewski tapped Scheyer as the PG and after a tumultuous offseason that saw Elliot Williams transfer and Harrison Barnes turn Duke away in an awkward Skype scene. Scheyer and his coach had the last laugh as they hoisted the trophy in the end after a special run where they defeated Butler.

Scheyer would go on to his dream of continuing basketball before an unfortunate eye injury ended his young professional career. That opened the door for his return to Duke in 2013 and in 2022 he will take over the reins from his mentor and legend.

For those who may not see his contributions on television or live, Scheyer is always right beside Krzyzewski and in his ear. He has blossomed into a great recruiter where he is known as being a straight shooter.

The move to name Scheyer the coach in waiting was passed by the Duke Board of Trustees. And he is the logical pick for a smooth transition and staying within the family.

Scheyer has already been working prospects as the dead period recently ended. He will now carry a new message that will ring similar to the same tone past in that Duke offers exposure even as the legend, Mike Krzyzewski steps away.

The head coach to be has worked with a lot of Duke players in the past. You see many things from press row, some of which may be deemed private, but it involved keeping the guys together and focussed. He has already handled some awkward situations when emotion flared, etc.

Scheyer is also liked by pretty much everyone who has had interactions with him. He is polite, professional, humble and wants to succeed. And you can bet he has already tried to make sure his close friend and national championship teammate Nolan Smith will stick around.

I have never been one to discuss Krzyzewski's replacement. But the choice made is a solid one that will allow continuity as the #brotherhood lives on.

We have yet to hear a lot of details from the news that rocked the sports world, but we are likely to get more comments by week's end. Scheyer remains 10th on Duke's all-time scoring list as a player.

Anyone who pondered this day when Krzyzewski moved on knew his successor would have their work cut out in following the winningest coach in history. Scheyer may have given coach the confidence someone can keep it all going and he knew it was his time.

Right now, the Blue Devil Nation is saddened by the news on the man known as Coach K. But the fanbase is also excited for Jon Scheyer to get his shot. Needless to say, we will have a memorable season coming in so many ways.

Tidbits -

Scheyer once scored 21 points in a high school game in just 75 seconds to lead his team to a comeback win.

He played in 144 consecutive games while at Duke which is still a record.

He still holds the record for most minutes played in a season at Duke.

I covered Jon Scheyer on the recruiting trail, as a player and hopefully as a coach. Stay tuned for much more this season from Blue Devil Nation.

Duke Leads ACC with 7 Titles

DURHAM – Thanks to another historic weekend that saw the Blue Devil baseball team claim the program's fourth ACC title, Duke will finish 2020-21 with seven conference championships -- tying the school record for most in an academic year and leading all ACC programs this year.

In addition to baseball, Duke's seven team titles in 2020-21 also include softball, women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's fencing, women's golf and men's lacrosse. The Blue Devils finish the year as the ACC leader in team titles, three clear of North Carolina and Florida State which each captured four.

The Blue Devils seven titles also match the school record for most in an academic year that was originally set in 2000-01. That year, Duke earned conference championships in men's cross country, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's golf, men's lacrosse, men's tennis and women's tennis.

Duke becomes just the third ACC program to sweep the baseball and softball championships in the same season, joining Florida State (1995, 1997, 2004, 2015, 2017, 2018) and Georgia Tech (2005, 2012). The only Power 5 conference institution to sweep the baseball and softball titles this season, Duke joins McNeese State (Southland Conference) as the only Division-I schools to sweep the baseball and softball conference titles this season.

The championships for softball and women's outdoor track and field marked the first in those programs' histories, while the baseball title is the school's fourth, but first in the tournament format. Earlier this season, Duke swept the fencing titles as the men's program won its second conference championship (2018) and the women's program its first. The ACC title for women's golf was the program's 22nd all-time, which now leads all Duke programs, just ahead of men's basketball (21). The league championship for men's lacrosse marked the program's ninth.

With 139 ACC titles all-time, Duke is now tied for third among active programs, trailing only North Carolina (285) and Virginia (144). NC State (139), Clemson (135) and Florida State (101) are the only other current ACC programs with 100 or more.

DUKE'S ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Baseball -- 4 -- 1956, 1957, 1961, 2021
Men's Basketball -- 21 -- 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2019
Women's Basketball -- 8 -- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013
Men's Cross Country -- 7 -- 1958, 1959, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 2000
Women's Cross Country -- 2 -- 2004, 2005
Men's Fencing -- 2 -- 2018, 2021
Women's Fencing -- 1 -- 2021
Football -- 7 -- 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1989
Men's Golf -- 8 -- 1954, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 2005, 2013, 2017
Women's Golf -- 22 -- 1984, 1985, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2021
Men's Lacrosse -- 9 -- 1954, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2021
Women's Lacrosse -- 1 -- 2005
Men's Soccer -- 5 -- 1980, 1982, 1999, 2005, 2006
Softball -- 1 -- 2021
Men's Tennis -- 12 -- 1982, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006
Women's Tennis -- 17 -- 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2012
Women's Track & Field, Outdoor -- 1 -- 2021
Volleyball -- 11 -- 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013

MOST ACC TITLES (as of 5/30/2021)
North Carolina -- 285
Virginia -- 144
Duke -- 139
NC State -- 139
Clemson -- 135
Florida State -- 101
Wake Forest -- 53
Georgia Tech -- 46
Virginia Tech -- 29
Notre Dame -- 20
Miami -- 11
Syracuse -- 11
Louisville -- 6
Pittsburgh -- 3
Boston College -- 1
Maryland – 200
South Carolina – 4