It was recently announced that Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski would remain the Team USA basketball coach through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but there was still some concern about how his position at Duke would be affected. There was some discussion that Coach K could step down as Duke head coach to focus on the national team before retiring from coaching, but he put that belief to rest on Thursday when he announced that he would be staying with Duke for the foreseeable future.
From Yahoo! Sports’ The Dagger:
When Mike Krzyzewski and his wife were discussing earlier this spring whether he ought to return as U.S. men’s national coach, she asked if that commitment would be easier for him if he resigned from his post at Duke prior to the 2016 Olympics.
Krzyzewski’s response will make all Blue Devils fans smile.
“Really it’s just the opposite,” Krzyzewski told reporters at a news conference in Durham on Thursday. “I don’t think anybody should coach the (Olympic) team unless they’re still coaching. You’ve got to stay sharp. I’m coaching in the best league against the best competition and the best players that I can. Doing that, it becomes easier.”
Asked to clarify if that meant he’d definitely coach at Duke through at least the 2015-16 season, the 66-year-old Krzyzewski said, “Obviously I’m not going to end before the Olympics.”
This is great news for everyone. It is great for Coach K, who will get to continue to add to his legacy. It is great for the Duke players that will continue to learn from one of the best. It is great for the Team USA basketball team as they remain on top of the world and, most importantly, for the fans who will continue to witness one of the greatest coaches we have ever seen.