A coach can’t play or win for you, but a good coach is good start to having a good game and a good season. A good coach is a good way to win without wallowing in defeat and wondering if you will be victorious more than just every other now and then. The rest is up to you.
Coach K is a good coach. In fact, some would say he is a great coach. And if he’s not the greatest college coach in college basketball, he’s at least the winningest coach in college basketball history. Some don’t like Duke for whatever reason, but the fact remains that under Coach K, year in and year out, the “Dukies” are a force to be reckoned with. And that only comes from having a good coach.
Coach Michael William “Mike” Krzyzewski (/ʃəˈʃɛfski/ shə-shef-ski; nicknamed “Coach K” has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Duke University since 1980. Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 12 ACC regular season titles, and 13 ACC Tournament championships. Krzyzewski is also the coach of the United States men’s national basketball team, whom he led to two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Krzyzewski has amassed a record 82 wins in NCAA tournament games, while averaging 25 wins per season. Not too shabby. And Krzyzewski’s 903rd victory set a new record, breaking that held by his former coach, Bob Knight.
And Coach Mike Krzyzewski is on the verge of yet another coaching milestone. The Duke Coach will become the first men’s coach in Division I history with 1,000 wins on Sunday, January 25, 2015, if his fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat St. John’s. That milestone could come in the same arena where three seasons ago he became the winningest men’s coach in college basketball’s top tier.
A win at Madison Square Garden would bring his record to 1,000-308 during a career that spans four decades. He says the wins that matter most are the ones that bring titles, not milestones, and he calls the forthcoming accomplishment “a heck of a thing … but it’s not a championship.”
And that’s the sign of a true champion, and a true championship coach. He doesn’t just want to win games, he wants to win championships. Too many coaches and players and people grapple just to win games, and battle just to believe they can be more than mediocre and mundane. But not Coach K.
And so the lesson is this: be picky when picking a coach. Not every teacher and mentor and instructor wants to push you to greatness. But a good coach does. So, I believe that getting a good coach is a guarantee that you will at least be taught and tutored and trained properly. The rest is up to you.