With each win, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sets a new record. He has more victories than any other coach in men’s college basketball history, and only John Wooden has more championships.
And yet, Krzyzewski doesn’t sound like a man anywhere close to hanging up his coaching whistle. In an interview with The News and Observer on Tuesday, Coach K confirmed that not only does he not have a timetable for his retirement, he also said he feels good health wise.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t ask himself about retirement every so often.
“That’s probably the biggest question,” coach Krzyzewski said. “Coaching or being the head coach, that’s good, but are you willing to prepare and do all the things necessary to be at this level of success? Or do you just hang on? And right now, I don’t feel like I’m just hanging on. I feel like I’m working as hard as I ever had. Obviously it keeps getting closer than further.”
Coach K and Duke have earned a 20-5 record through their first 25 games this season and are in position to contend for another ACC championship and Final Four appearance. Duke won the ACC Tournament last season and last won the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
The only coach within 175 wins of Krzyzewski is Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, and that includes the wins Boeheim had vacated by the NCAA. At this rate, Coach K could be hundreds of victories ahead of any of his peers before he calls it quits.
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