Coach K receives Enberg Award

Posted June 12, 2013

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I men’s basketball, was honored as the recipient of the 2013 Dick Enberg Award, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Wednesday in Orlando. The award was presented as part of the fourth annual Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Gala at CoSIDA’s annual convention, which for the first time was part of the annual NACDA Convention.

Known throughout the sporting world simply as “Coach K”, Krzyzewski has enjoyed unparalleled success in national and global circles throughout his distinguished 38-year career as a head coach at Duke, the United States Military Academy and with USA Basketball. He became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I play on November 15, 2011 by surpassing his collegiate coach and mentor, Bob Knight, in the Blue Devils’ 74-69 triumph over Michigan State, and his legacy of 952 career victories (879 at Duke) is enhanced by four national championship seasons in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010.

On the international stage, Krzyzewski has led the United States to back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and again last summer in London. The five-time USA Basketball National Coach of the Year also guided Team USA to the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. Krzyzewski’s tenure with USA Basketball has been such a success that he was named head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team for the 2013-16 quadrennium.

Under Krzyzewski’s guidance, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, and claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions.

As staggering as that success is, Krzyzewski’s numbers off the court are just as impressive. He has coached five Academic All-America performers during his career, including two-time honorees Shane Battier, Greg Paulus and Mason Plumlee, and his players have received 52 All-ACC Academic Basketball honors. But the most impressive statistic of all is that Duke boasts a 98 percent graduation rate of all student-athletes who have matriculated four years during Krzyzewski’s tenure.

“The Enberg Award continues to be the highest honor I’ve ever received, and it grows in significance with the acceptance this year by Coach K,” Enberg says of Krzyzewski’s honor. “In over 50 years of broadcasting, I’ve been blessed to rub shoulders with coaching greatness, ranging from (Academic All-America Hall of Famer) John Wooden to Al McGuire to (1999 Enberg Award recipient) Dean Smith and to Coach K. Like the others, Mike Krzyzewski epitomizes a professor’s active concern for academic success, a quality that has contributed to his being one of the greatest winners in all of sport.”

“Certainly, I am honored to receive such a prestigious award from CoSIDA, particularly one named after someone I respect as much as Dick Enberg," said Krzyzewski. "It is quite humbling to see my name among some of the previous recipients of this award. We've always believed the proper academic experience is such a vital part of a young man's growth process. I've been blessed at both Army and Duke to have so many players live by that belief and perform so well in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court. This is really their award."

A three-year standout and team captain under Knight at Army, Krzyzewski graduated from West Point in 1969 and served as an officer for five years, attaining the rank of captain until his resignation from the service in 1974. He returned to his alma mater in 1975 and served as Army’s head coach for five seasons, amassing 73 victories and garnering a pair of Coach of the Year accolades before heading south to Durham in 1980.

Since the 1983-84 season, Coach K’s Blue Devils have averaged 28 wins per season, with 30 or more victories on 12 occasions. He joins Wooden and Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp as the only three coaches in NCAA Division I history to capture four or more national championships, and along the way he has mentored seven National Players of the Year (nine honors), 25 All-Americans, eight ACC Players of the Year and 78 all-ACC selections. In addition, 45 Blue Devils have been selected in the NBA Draft, including a record-25 first round picks.

A 12-time selection as National Coach of the Year, Krzyzewski was presented for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame by Knight in 2001. He was named as “America’s Best Coach” by Time Magazine and CNN in 2001, and he was the second recipient of the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. On November 17, 2000, the fabled floor at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium was dedicated as “Coach K Court” in his honor.

"I played for the greatest college coach of all time,” said Battier, who earned National Player of the Year and Academic All-America of the Year accolades as a senior in 2001. “Coach K's coaching, leadership, and basketball acumen is unparalleled. But more than basketball is his emphasis on academics and the life-lessons I learned from him. There is no one more deserving of this prestigious award."

“Since the day I arrived at Duke, Coach K has pushed me to be the best possible person on and off the court,” said Plumlee, a 2012 and 2013 first team Academic All-America. “He is a great leader because he cares about his players on a personal level and encourages us to strive for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Obviously, he is a great coach, maybe the best ever. He is an even better teacher of life-lessons.”

Krzyzewski and his wife, Mickie, are active members of the Durham community and have impacted the entire country through their efforts. In February 2006, the Emily Krzyzewski Center (named for his late mother) opened with the mission to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, act with character and purpose, strive for academic excellence and reach their highest potential as future citizen leaders. Krzyzewski serves as the Chairman of the Emily K Center Board while also on the Board of Directors of the Jimmy V Foundation since its inception in 1993 after being personally asked to do so by his longtime friend and foundation’s namesake, the late Jim Valvano. In addition he is also the President of the NABC Foundation and is an active participant with the Duke Brain Tumor Center and Hoops Dream Advisory Council.

The Krzyzewsk is are also large philanthropists and supporters of Duke University - creating the Krzyzewski Family Scholarship Endowment for Duke students from the Carolinas and endowing a full athletics scholarship in tribute to his brother, the Bill Krzyzewski Captains Scholarship as part of the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund. In addition, they both served as co-Chairs for the building of the $32 million McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center opened in 2000. They participate annually in raising millions for the hospital through the Holiday Cards program, Radiothon and other community events.

Coach K has received an Honorary Alumnus Award from the Duke Medical Center for his contributions to the Duke Children’s Health Center. Krzyzewski and his family have made the center a focal point in their efforts to raise the standard of clinical care for children.

Krzyzewski becomes the fifth major college coach to receive the Dick Enberg Award, which will now have been bestowed on both the winningest men’s and women’s head coaches in NCAA Division I history. University of Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, who received the Enberg Award in 2007, combines with Krzyzewski for 2,049 career victories and 12 NCAA national titles.


2013 Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University & USA Men’s Senior National Team
2012 Joe Paterno, Head Football Coach Emeritus, Penn State University
2011 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, UCLA, United States Olympian
2010 Tom Hansen, Commissioner Emeritus, Pac-10 Conference
2009 Steve Smith, Former Basketball Standout, Michigan State & NBA
2008 Chuck Lee, CEO Emeritus, GTE Corporation
2007 Pat Summitt, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Emeritus, University of Tennessee
2006 President Gerald R. Ford
2005 Father Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
2004 Dr. Ted Leland, Director of Athletics Emeritus, Stanford University
2003 Dr. Tom Osborne, Director of Athletics/Head Football Coach Emeritus, University of Nebraska
2002 Judge Alan Page, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
2001 Dr. Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami/Former U.S. Secretary of Education
2000 Bill Russell, Basketball Hall of Famer, University of San Francisco/Boston Celtics
1999 Dean Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Emeritus, University of North Carolina
1998 John Humenik, Executive Director, CoSIDA
1997 Dick Enberg, Hall of Fame Broadcaster


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  • VT1994Hokie Jun 12, 2013

    Coach K has the records. The records don't lie. It hurts way too many to read this; I'm sure. Coach K is loved and more hated than most coaches in our Country. He has two Gold Medals. Four National Championships. Anyone that doesn't like Duke will hate on him. He is better than any coach in America in any Sport. Count all of those in the NFL, NBA, MLB too. He's an Icon. When he wins a 3rd Gold, some of the naysayers will bow out gracifully.

  • NEVER apologize for being white Jun 12, 2013

    They should have used Enberg's first name for the award this year.

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