2012

Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione Receives Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award

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During his 14-year tenure at the University of Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione has presided over one of the most successful eras in sports at the school earning him the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.

Robert C. Campbell, III (left), United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees Chairman, presented the 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award to Joe Castiglione (right), University of Oklahoma Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics, at the 28th Annual Academy's Awards of Sport celebration on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Oklahoma’s Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics since 1998, Castiglione recalled when he started his career in college administration at Rice University he first met Maddox, the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University.

“He had a great reputation and was so well respected. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get an award named after him,” Castiglione said at the Academy’s 28th annual Awards of Sport show Thursday night in Daphne, Ala. “This is an incredible honor. But you don’t get awards by yourself. I really have to thank so many wonderful people who I have worked with who helped to make this possible.”

The Academy annually presents the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award to an individual like Castiglione for their contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The award honors individuals who exhibit mastery of all the management functions, are well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management. It is named in honor of Maddox, who also served on the United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees.

Castiglione has experienced success on and off the field. While winning seven national championships and 49 conference titles over the past 14 years, the university’s athletics department has also closed the books in the black each year. He also demands high standards in academics and ethical behavior for the Sooners’ 21 sports programs that includes nearly 600 student-athletes. The current cumulative grade point average for OU’s nearly 600 student-athletes is above 3.0.

Under Castiglione, OU’s sports programs have finished in the top 15 in the annual Learfield Director’s Cup rankings the past three years. As one of the few NCAA Division I programs that is totally self-sustaining, the Oklahoma Athletics Department provides more than $7 million annually to the university’s Academic Budget.

In addition, the university’s record pace of improvements to its sports facilities has been funded entirely through private contributions. Castiglione has been instrumental in a major campaign that has raised more than $125 million in three years, and $330 million overall. He has served in numerous leadership positions in collegiate sports and currently is the past president of both the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and NACDA, and a member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, nonprofit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information, call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy’s website www.ussa.edu.

Arizona Ends Southern Cal’s National Title Hopes to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Arizona overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to stun Southern California, 39-36, and end any national title hopes the Trojans may still have had.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Unranked Arizona earned selection as the Week 9 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest for its upset of No. 9 USC in a game in which the two teams combined for 1,206 yards of offense.

Arizona trailed Southern Cal, 28-13, to start the third quarter but then the Wildcats’ scored four straight touchdowns with quarterback Matt Scott leading the way. He threw TD passes of 7 and 9 yards and rushed 10 yards for a TD. Scott completed 27 of 50 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns and ran 15 times for 100 yards and one score.

It was enough to top record-setting days by USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and quarterback Matt Barkley. Lee eclipsed the Pac-12 record for receiving yards, finishing with 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He ended up with 469 all-purpose yards. Meanwhile, Barkley matched Carson Palmer’s school record for 400-yard games with his third and threw for a USC record of 493 yards.

In the end, the Southern Cal duo could not connect on a desperation heave with five seconds left in the game when an Arizona defender batted the throw to the ground in the end zone.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu

Concussion Safety Advocate Chris Nowinski Receives the Academy’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award

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For his tenacious work to elevate the issue of concussions into the national spotlight and to help make sports more safe to play, Chris Nowinski received the United States Sports Academy with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

Chris Nowinski (left) receives the United States Sports Academy's 2012 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Academy's Board of Trustees member Dr. Don Wukasch (right) on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Sport Legacy Institute awards dinner in Boston.

The DSA was presented to Nowinski at the Sport Legacy Institute’s awards dinner Oct. 24 in Boston by United States Board of Trustees member Dr. Don C. Wukasch, who is a former heart surgeon and currently a psychoanalyst in Northhampton, Mass. The award is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

Nowinski wrote the critically acclaimed book, “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis,” in 2006 and it served as the basis of the recently released documentary, “Head Games,” directed by the acclaimed Steve James.

A former All-Ivy League defensive lineman at Harvard University, Nowinski first began his investigative work and advocacy on concussions when he was forced to retire as a WWE professional wrestler in 2004 after suffering a series of concussions. He still suffers with memory loss, headaches and other symptoms from all the hits to his head.

Nowinski emphasizes that he is pro-children and is not anti-sports and adds that he will not stop providing awareness about brain trauma to athletes, parents, coaches and medical professionals until scientists find a way to diagnose and treat concussions.

“If I had a 6-year-old playing football, I would be freaked out and rightly so,” says the 34-year-old Nowinski. “You’re playing Russian roulette with their future.”

To learn more about the effects on the brain from concussions, Nowinski in 2007 co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization he serves as executive director. He also serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine.

It often falls to Nowinski to ask grieving families for their loved ones brain for study by the Boston center, which has about 70 brains of athletes and military veterans in its “brain bank” to research and study degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.

Research goals include figuring out who may be more at risk for concussions; developing better methods to diagnosis concussions and enhance return-to-play guidelines; and even finding a cure, if one exists. For now, experts are focusing on solutions such as raising public awareness and implementing changes to sports to minimize the potential for concussions.

Nowinski also serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.

 

Academy Honors Katie McCleary for Instructional Design Achievements

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The United States Sports Academy recently honored Katie McCleary a Certificate of Merit for her outstanding work in Instructional Design, while the department lacked a director and two designers.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) presents a Certificate of Merit to Katie McCleary (center) in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the Department of Instructional Design as Dr. Stephen Butler, Director of Curriculum and Design, looks on.

McCleary, the Academy’s Interaction Information Designer, maintained the department by herself for nearly two months before it became fully staffed again. Instructional Design is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the Academy’s sports-related courses in its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs that are 100% online.

Dr. Stephen Butler joined the Academy Oct. 1 as the Director of Curriculum and Design. He has served as an administrator, faculty member, and curriculum developer in higher education at several universities. He was a highly decorated and honored member of the United States Air Force until his retirement in 2002, after nearly 24 years of service. Dr. Butler holds a doctorate degree in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University, and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Jennifer Ponder-Pepper also recently started at the Academy as an Instructional Designer. Previously, she worked the past two years in instructional design to help improve the online courses offered by Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala.

Kansas State Remains Unbeaten to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Kansas State remained the only undefeated Big 12 team and in the hunt for the national title by cruising to a 55-14 victory on the road against West Virginia.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

The No. 4-ranked Wildcats’ dominating performance in a battle for first place in the conference earned it selection as the Week 8 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Kansas State was led by their Heisman Trophy front-runner quarterback Collin Klein, who three for three TDs and ran for four more to help Kansas State improve its record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12. Klein, who completed 19 of 21 passes, threw for a career-high 323 yards and he added another 41 yards rushing.

Klein’s option keeper for an 8-yard scoring run with 4:27 left in the second quarter put Kansas State ahead 24-0, and it gave him 39 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. That breaks an FBS record held by Eric Crouch of Nebraska and Stacey Robinson of Northern Illinois.

KSU went up 31-7 at the half by scoring four touchdowns and a field goal on five possessions and rolling up 346 yards. Kansas State made it 52-7 with 2:25 left in the third quarter when Klein hit Tyler Lockett over the middle for a 20-yard score.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

Academy Ranks 29th in Nation as “Best Buy” for Online Master’s in Management Program

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One of the top consumer education groups ranked the United States Sports Academy’s online master’s programs as the 29th “Best Buy” in the country.

Get Educated’s national online learning review team recently released its rankings for its Best Online Master’s in Management Programs for 2012.

The ranking takes in consideration all online management programs, not just sports management degrees. The Academy, the largest graduate school of sports education in the world, offers master’s degrees in Sports Coaching, Sports Health and Fitness, Sports Management and Sport Studies.

A Best Buy designation indicates the Academy’s program has undergone an independent and comprehensive review and was found to offer a high-quality distance learning degree in management to online students at a cost that’s well below the national average.

The average cost of an online Master’s in Management from Get Educated’s survey is $23,204, with the least expensive being $8,406 and the most expensive being $66,300. It costs $19,325 in tuition and fees to complete the Academy’s master’s program.

There is NO cost for Get Educated’s service. The consumer group provides fact-based, data driven rankings to the public as a service to help them locate the best online degrees on the dimensions of cost and reputation.

Get Educated editors launched the Best Buy award program to help showcase America’s often hidden gems of online learning affordability. The group reports that the number one question its counselors receive from students involves where they can obtain a high-quality degree at a reasonable cost.

“We are pleased to spotlight your program as a Best Buy at a time when national concerns about the cost of a college education have reached critical levels,” says Wyatt Christman, a Get Educated spokesman. “(The Academy) should be proud of its school’s achievement of being selected among the Best Online Universities for affordability in the area of online learning among your regionally-accredited peers.”

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, nonprofit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Texas Tech Slows Down West Virginia to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw for six touchdowns and 499 yards and it was the Red Raiders offense that steamrolled over West Virginia in a 49-14 victory that earned is selection as the Week 7 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Entering the game, the Mountaineers had a 52 point scoring average but fell short of that against the Texas Tech defense by 38 points and got just one touchdown in the second half, which came when the game was already out of reach.

The Red Raiders contained Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith, who completed 29-of-55 passes for 275 yards for West Virginia but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.

Meanwhile, Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32-of-42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career-high. Texas Tech had 18 plays of 15 yards or more, including a 61-yard pass to Jace Amaro and a 53-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner

Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, the Academy’s students start their courses as soon as they are accepted without having to wait for the next semester to begin. The Academy is proud to announce its latest monthly graduates:

Bachelor’s Students

Wanda Jean Bodey (Pueblo West, Colo.) – BSS Sports Management
Paul B. Kimbrough (Warrior, Ala.) – BSS Sports Coaching
Jessica L. Roeger (Littleton, Colo.) – BSS Sports Management

Master’s Students

Shawn A. Burgener (Greencastle, Pa.) – MSS Sports Studies Sports Psychology Emphasis
Shannon M. Dryden (Lexington, Va.) – MSS Sports Studies
Kari L. Goughler (Cranberry, Pa.) – MSS Sports Coaching
Paola Michelle Kauffman (Painted Post, N.Y.) – MSS Sports Management
Nicholas C. Lackey (Pacific Grove, Calif.) – MSS Sports Management Personal Training Emphasis
Kathryn K. Reed (Fairhope, Ala.) – MSS Sports Studies
John Michael Riemersma (Three Hills, Alberta) – MSS Sports Studies
Ashley N. Robinson (Jackson, Miss.) – MSS Sports Management

B’Beth Weldon Selected as the Newest Member of the Academy’s Art Committee

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B’Beth Weldon, a well-known Fairhope, Ala., artist, was chosen to become a member of the United States Sports Academy’s Art Committee.

“It is a great honor to be asked to join the United States Sports Academy’s Art Committee,” Weldon said. “It is my hope to draw on my past and present experiences and to be a compliment to the committee and the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). It is always a pleasure to be involved with art and artists, and I truly look forward to joining the committee.”

Weldon grew up painting and drawing with her mother, Margaret Weldon, a celebrated artist. She spent most of her summers in Point Clear and Fairhope, Ala., where when she was not riding horses or sailing, Weldon studied art from other well-known artists along the Gulf Coast.

Educated in Washington, D.C., Weldon studied at Mount Vernon College and Georgetown University, earning degrees in Business Administration and in Arts and Humanities, respectively. While in Washington D.C., she worked for the Smithsonian Institute and Capital Children’s Museum.

Weldon currently works as a full-time artist in her studio in Fairhope. In addition to teaching art classes to children and adults, Weldon enjoys holding her “Gifted Masterpieces” workshops. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.

Weldon was selected by Point Clear Charities, Inc. to be the “2011 Official Artist for Polo at the Point.” She was also selected to be the Providence Hospital Foundation’s “Official Artist for the 2013 Festival of Flowers.”

“As an artist, and drawing on my background and involvement in the community, I see the need to continue to promote the arts,” Weldon said. “The thought of those whose lives have been changed and enhanced not only by the United States Sports Academy but also the American Sport Art Museum and Archives excites me. The opportunity to continue to touch others through the arts is amazing. It is my intent to continue with the mission and traditions set forth.”

ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 1,700 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. It is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. For more information about the Academy’s sport art museum, please visit www.asama.org.

Olympic Primetime TV Host Bob Costas Earns the Academy’s 2012 Ronald Reagan Media Award

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Ronald Reagan Media Award winner is Bob Costas, who has been the primetime television host of a record nine Olympic games.

 

Bob Costas

Costas, who joined NBC Sports in 1980 and has the longest tenure of any of the network’s sports announcers, presided over the most watched TV event ever in the United States with more than 219.4 million American viewers tuning in during the 17-day event. The NBC primetime broadcast of the Olympics averaged 31.1 million viewers.

The Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual, like this year’s award winner, should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.

During his nearly 40-year career, Costas has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting. He now hosts NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show and provides some commentary during NBC’s Sunday night game—the highest rated series on American prime-time television with as many as 20 million viewers a week.

He also serves as co-host of NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Costas hosts a regular interview show titled MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas as well as special programming, and provides play-by-play for select live Thursday Night Baseball games.

Costas, who won the Academy’s Regan Media Award in 1991, has won a record eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition, Costas has won 23 Emmy awards—more than any sports broadcaster.

Baylor Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey Wins Academy’s 2012 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award

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Kim Mulkey made NCAA history in 2012 when the head coach of the Baylor University women’s basketball team led the Lady Bears to a perfect 40-game season—the first for any collegiate basketball program—that was capped with a national championship.

Kim Mulkey

For her record of success that has made Mulkey the first person, male or female, in NCAA history to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, she has earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award.

The Academy’s C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is annually presented to someone like Mulkey who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach for female teams. In addition, the coaching award honors women who exhibit a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

Entering her 13th season at Baylor, Mulkey’s teams have won two national championships, made three Final Fours, and reached the Sweet 16 seven times in Baylor’s 11 NCAA tournament appearances. The Lady Bears won the national championship last year by defeating Notre Dame and also won in 2005.

Baylor has won 20 games in every season since Mulkey took over the program in 2000. In fact, she won her 300th career game in her 12th season, which is faster than any other active coaches ranked ahead of her in total victories. Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma attained the milestone in 13 seasons and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer did it in 14 years. Mulkey’s overall record is 338 wins and 79 losses, which gives her .811 winning percentage that ranks fifth all-time.

Mulkey was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 for her accomplishments as a player at Louisiana Tech University. Since the inception of the NCAA women’s tournament in 1982, which Mulkey won as a player with Louisiana Tech, she has been involved in that tournament as a player or coach every year except 1985 and 2003. She also won the 1984 gold medal as a member of the United States team.

Olympic Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski Earns Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award

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Under the leadership of Mike Krzyzewski since 2005, the United States men’s basketball team made up of some of the top American professional basketball players in the NBA won gold medals at the 2012 London and 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.

Mike Krzyzewski

For his ability to command the Olympic teams’ respect, motivate them to seriously approach the international game and get them to carry themselves like professionals on and off the floor, Krzyzewski has earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award.

“To be recognized by the United States Sports Academy again is just incredible,” said Krzyzewski, who won in 2009 and 1992. “You can be sure that I will always try to do things in a manner that best exemplifies the values and the principles you teach at the Sports Academy.”

Krzyzewski, head coach at Duke University since 1980 and the winningest men’s coach in NCAA Division I basketball history, credits the United States’ “Dream Team” of players for losing just one of 63 games in international play for him.

“They want to play for the U.S., so it’s not like me having to do some magical things to get them to play,” he said at a postgame press conference after the United States defeated Spain, 107-100 in London to secure gold. “All of them to a man said, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever you want me to do to win the gold medal.’ They’re terrific.”

It is believed that Krzyzewski, who has served as a head and assistant coach for the United States basketball team over the years since 1979, coached his final game as the head coach of USA Basketball’s men’s senior team at the 2012 London Games. He served as an assistant coach when the USA won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Krzyzewski has won the Stagg Coaching Award twice before in 2009 again for his Olympic coaching and in 1992 when his Duke squad repeated as national champions. In his 37-year college coaching career, Krzyzewski’s Duke teams have won four national titles with the last one coming in 2010. His career record entering the 2012-13 season is 927 wins, and 289 losses for a .762 winning percentage. Krzyzewski surpassed Bob Knight, his former coach when he was a player at Army, on the all-time win list with his 903rd victory last season on Nov. 15, 2011, when Duke defeated Michigan State, 74–69, at Madison Square Garden.

View a short video of Coach Krzyzewski’s acceptance of the Coaching Award at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veXYct3-LCo

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