Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is the most victorious coach in Division I men’s basketball history and who has led Blue Devils to five national championships in its 41 seasons, plans to retire after the 2021-22 season, sources confirmed Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN on Wednesday.
Deputy head coach Jon Scheyer has agreed to become the next head coach at Duke, sources told ESPN. He will spend the 2021/22 season as a waiting coach and then take over the office.
Duke spoke to outside candidates about replacing 74-year-old Krzyzewski, including Harvard trainer Tommy Amaker, sources told ESPN. However, Scheyer was the lead recruiter for stars like Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson and is Duke’s choice to replace Coach K, sources said.
The stadium first reported that Krzyzewski plans to retire after the next season.
Krzyzewski, a Naismith Hall of Fame coach who scored 1,097 career wins at Duke, has led the Blue Devils to the Final Four 12 times. He has won 12 regular season ACC championships and 15 conference tournament titles over the years, producing 28 NBA lottery tips – and 41 first-round selections – in the process.
With five national titles, he is only second behind former UCLA coach John Wooden, who won 10.
Employed at Duke in May 1980, “Coach K” won national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015, while setting the record for men’s coaching career in November 2011.
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He has adapted his approach to the time and his staff. He won the title in 2010 with a senior squad and then picked up the 2015 title after turning to more “unique” talent going into the NBA after a lonely college season at Duke’s famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
His record of 97 NCAA tournament wins is number one among coaches, as is his 126 weeks at the top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Overall, including his five seasons as Army head coach early on in his career, Krzyzewski has a record 1,170-361.
Along the way, he also took over the U.S. men’s national team – with NBA All-Star squads by the likes of the late Kobe Bryant and LeBron James – and led them to Olympic gold in 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London and Rio Janiero in 2016.
Duke missed the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1995, but the Blue Devils are welcoming one of the best recruiting classes in the country to the season ahead.
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Scheyer played for Krzyzewski in 2006-10, his final season earning his mentor’s fourth NCAA title. Scheyer joined the Duke team for the 2013/14 season and rose to his current position after the 2017/18 season.
He served as the interim coach for Duke last year when Krzyzewski was out for a January win against Boston College due to COVID-19 logs. Scheyer was never a head coach at a college.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.