Mike Krzyzewski: The best NCAA coach ever? (11/15/11)

Mike Krzyzewski goes for win number 903 tonight, which will make him the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history if he can get past the Michigan State Spartans. If so, he will pass Bobby Knight, who will most likely stay at 902 as he has no plans to be fighting with officials — or choking players — anytime soon.

And although Coach K will have the most career wins, he is not the most successful Division I coach based on win percentage. That title is held by former Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, who has a career winning percentage of .822. John Wooden has a win percentage of .804, but is far down on the list of career wins (664) since he only coached for 29 years. Coach K has coached for 36 years while Knight stuck around for 42 years. Below are two charts that compare the top six NCAA Division I coaches, along with some facts about Krzyzewski’s life and career.

  • Krzyzewski has won four NCAA Championships, all of them with Duke.
  • He has led Duke to 11 Final Four appearances, and has amassed 79 NCAA Tournament wins — the most of all time.
  • Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • Is 64-years-old.
  • His last name has eight consonants and is pronounced: shə-shev-ski
  • Played basketball for U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Army) and was coached by Bob Knight.
  • Married his wife Carol “Mickie” Marsh on the day of his West Point graduation in 1969.
  • West Point awards the “Coach K Teaching Character Through Sports” award each year to cadets and coaches who display superior ethics and character through sport.
  • Turned down an offer to coach the New Jersey Nets in 2010. Reports state that he would have made $12 million to $15 million per year.
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