Coach K returning to US men's team
Posted May 22, 2013
Multiple sources have confirmed to WRAL that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has agreed to return as the US men's Olympic basketball coach.
Krzyzewski, whose decision to return will be made official at at press conference Thursday, will attempt to lead the Americans to a third straight Olympic gold medal.
Krzyzewski announced he would be stepping away from the national team following the successful run at the 2012 London Olympics.
"It's a lot," Krzyzewski said when he returned to the Triangle in August. "I was so honored to do it and it turned out great. It's time to pass the baton without letting it drop."
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo was persistent in reclaiming Krzyzewski, promising to take him out for "pizza and wine" to try to convince him not to leave. Colangelo and Krzyzewski met extensively last week to talk about the possibility of K coaching the team again.
Krzyzewski, 66, took over as Team USA coach in 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship.