Mike Krzyzewski is back to coach Team USA at another Olympics this summer, but this will be the last time, he announced recently in Dallas. Krzyzewski has been associated with USA Basketball for 25 years. He started in 1987 with Team USA and he’s been involved in some capacity ever since. As head coach, he led the USA to gold at the 2008 Beijing- Olympics and 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Krzyzewski, 65, is a member of both the pro and college basketball Halls of Fame and was elected to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Currently, as men’s head coach at Duke, he holds the NCAA’s all-time coaching wins record with 927.
Krzyzewski says he thinks the London Olympics will be his last time coaching the United States team. Krzyzewski says coaching the US team has been ‘’the ultimate honor,’’ and he’ll continue to be involved with USA Basketball after stepping down.
The 2012 team will be named on July 7. The USA National Team will open its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 6-12. “We know exactly where we want to be, but we need to take inventory of what status our players have,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
At the 2008 Olympics in China, the coaching staff did not get award medals. Only the players and participants get gold, silver and bronze. In a gesture of support and respect, the USA players all put their gold medals around Coach K for the photo opportunity.