With each victory, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sets a new record. He has more wins (1,091) than any other coach in Division I 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 & Observer on Tuesday, Coach K confirmed that he does not have a timetable for his retirement and that he feels good.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t think about retirement every so often.
“That’s probably the biggest question,” said Krzyzewski, who turned 71 Tuesday. “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 a 20-5 record 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.