, Duke University
's legendary head coach, announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Krzyzewski, 74, announced his retirement in a statement, but he did not explain why.
“My family and I view today as a celebration,” said Krzyzewski, who was the head basketball
coach at his alma mater West Point for five seasons before taking the job at Duke. “Our time at both West Point and Duke has been beyond amazing, and we are thankful and honored to have led two college programs at world-class institutions for more than four decades.”
Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, led the Duke Blue Devils to 24 consecutive NCAA
Tournament appearances from 1996 to 2019, and he has won the tournament five times. According to ESPN, he has won more games than any other coach in Division I men's basketball history.
Krzyzewski will be succeeded as head coach by Jon Scheyer, an associate head coach and former Blue Devil.
Krzyzewski coached Scheyer as a player, and he expressed gratitude for the opportunity in a statement.
“Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to further my career,” Scheyer said, adding, “This is absolutely humbling.”
The Blue Devils announced Scheyer's appointment with a video of a younger Scheyer, who was still a player at the time, embracing Krzyzewski at a game.
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“I offer extreme gratitude to the greatest coach of all time, whose career is unparalleled in basketball,” Scheyer said of Krzyzewski. “Coach K has built the premier program in our sport thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, a tireless attention to detail, a family-first approach, and a remarkable compassion and care for his players, coaches, and staff.
Krzyzewski's and Scheyer's statements have been added to this article.