Duke’s Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski, confirmed that he will be stepping down as the United States men’s basketball coach after the 2016 Rio Olympics. According to Coach K his replacement will be announced sometime prior to the Olympics in Rio next summer.
“I think it’s time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio and coaching,” the Duke coach told ESPN. “There has to be a succession … a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.”
Coach K began his position with USA Basketball in 2005. He coached them to an Olympic Gold in both 2008 and 2012 and won the 2010 world championship and the 2014 World Cup. Coach K’s record since joining USA Basketball is 75-1.
Although Coach K, who is 68, is stepping down from USA Basketball he has no intention of retiring from Duke where he just recently won his fifth national championship.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangel did not say who he was considering to replace Coach K. However he did say that he had someone in mind. It will be interesting to see who will be taking over since, as Kentucky coach John Calipari, once said “There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team.”