After 42 years at Duke University, the extraordinary career of “Coach K” is over: Mike Krzyzewski, coach with most wins (1202) in US college basketball, failed with his Blue Devils in the semi-final of the Final Four, the former national coach is thus in the well-deserved retirement.
The team from the University of Durham / North Carolina underlined from 70,602 spectators in the Superdome of New Orleans to the Great Rival University of North Carolina 77:81, the hope for a sixth title under Krzyzewski in the tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) after 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015 crushed.
North Carolina, former college of basketball icon Michael Jordan, meets the top-set team of the University of Kansas in the final in the night of Tuesday (Mesz).
“It was not about me,” Krzyzewski said, “In my entire career, I always said that my season should end so that my players either shed tears of joy or mourning. Because then you know that you know everything have. I myself will eventually deal with all this. “
Krzyzewski had started his post at the Blue Devils 1980, more successful than the 75-year-old was only John Wooden (UCLA) with ten championships. Krzyzewski worked for eleven years as a national coach (2005-2016), during this time, the Team USA took three times Olympia and twice World Cup gold. Only one game was lost under his direction – the World Cup semi-final 2006.
The Hall-of-Famer, son of Polish immigrants and trained at the Military Academy West Point, is replaced to the new season from his previous assistant coach Jon Scheyer.