Next season, for the first time since 1980-81, there will be a new head men’s basketball coach at Duke University. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman broke the news on Wednesday afternoon that Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the 2021-22 season, according to Goodman’s sources.
BREAKING: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided to retire after this coming season, multiple sources told @stadium. Official announcement expected soon.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021
The leading candidate to replace K is assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer.
This coming season will be K’s 42nd season at the helm of the Blue Devils, and he’s had an illustrious career. Krzyzewski has won five NCAA Championships with Duke — 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015 — and has a 1097-302 record (78%) during his tenure there. The Blue Devils have won 15 ACC tournament titles and 12 regular season titles since his career began there in 1980. Despite those 12 regular season titles, Duke last last finished atop the standings in 2010.
Duke finished 10th in the ACC with a 9-9 record, and it was the first time the Blue Devils finished without a winning record in conference since the 2006-07 season.
Krzyzewski also coached for the US Men’s National team, winning six Olympic gold medals over the course of his career.
Under Tony Bennett, Virginia is 4-12 against Coach K and Duke, though he started 0-for-6 against the Blue Devils. The Cavaliers last won in 2019-20, with Jay Huff’s 10th block securing a two-point win at John Paul Jones Arena. Last season, Virginia fell just short on the road as Duke eked out a 66-65 victory at Cameron Indoor.
According to Goodman, 33-year-old assistant coach — and Duke basketball alum — John Scheyer is a major candidate to take over for Krzyzewski.
With North Carolina’s Roy Williams retiring this off-season and Coach K stepping down after next season, there is a lot of change afoot around the big programs of the ACC.