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.
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.
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