Duke

Backing Coach K is family business

Posted April 2, 2010

When Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski steps on the court, he can count on a pretty important support system in the stands.

“It's a mom -and-pop job,” his wife, Mickie, said. “The whole family does this.”

Mickie Krzyzewski said that family support is a big part of the coach’s success.

That support system has grown in Krzyzewski’s 20 years at Duke. His three daughters, now grown, all attend the Blue Devils’ games to back their dad. Over the years, seven grandchildren have been added to the family rooting section.

“All three of my daughters went away for awhile and they've all come back to live right here in Durham,” Mickie Krzyzewski said.

Both she and Coach K said the growing family keeps the coach young.

“I've read things that he dyes his hair which isn't true,” the coach’s wife said.

“I wish he'd go gray so I could go gray,” she added.

The entire family is in Indianapolis, backing the Blue Devils in the Final Four.

And even though it is not their first championship, Mickie Krzyzewski said, there will still be nerves.

“It doesn't get any easier,” she said.

“It never feels like I've done this before. Every single time it's different because you're with a different team.”

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  • rfred16 Apr 2, 11:19 p.m.

    I bet having grandchildren is a great stress relief. Nothing like carrying on a conversation... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Well said !!

  • 4tarheels Apr 2, 8:38 p.m.

    I bet having grandchildren is a great stress relief. Nothing like carrying on a conversation with a 4 year old to make you realize all the other stuff in life is just stuff.

  • Sauras69 Apr 2, 7:34 p.m.

    I listened to this interview. Great stuff. You have to love this. Great family.

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