The end of an era is fast approaching. Duke men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski is going to retire after the coming 2021-22 season, according to Jeff Goodman. Current assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer is the leading candidate to replace him.
Krzyzewski completed his 41st season as Duke head coach, during which he has accumulated 1,097 career wins in 1,399 total games. In that time he has won five national titles over 11 Final Four appearances, including back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. He is the longest-tenured coach in college basketball, and also its winningest.
Prior to his time at Duke, Krzyzewski coached for five seasons at his alma mater, Army. In that time his teams were 73-59 and made one appearance in the NIT. For his career, Krzyzewski is 1,170-361. Krzyzewski is 74 years old, and also led USA Basketball to the gold medal at the last three Olympics.
Scheyer was a part of the 2010 Duke national championship team as a player, and has been on the bench in Durham since 2014. There are plenty of other current head coaches that would covet one of the best jobs in all of college basketball, including current coaches Jeff Capel (Pitt), Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Johnny Dawkins (C. Florida), and Bobby Hurley (Arizona State).
The interesting dynamic here is with longtime Duke athletic director Kevin White, who is retiring September 1st and will be replaced internally by Nina King. White should still be in charge to make this decision, but likely will need King’s consent on who should be in the succession plan.