Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s resume speaks for itself. Not only is he a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, he is a 12-time NCAA National Coach of the Year and owns the NCAA Division I record for most wins with 983. Oh and by the way, he’s also led his Duke teams to four NCAA National Championships and Team USA Basketball to four Olympic Gold Medals.
But Coach K is more than just a basketball coach, he’s also a teacher, a veteran, and a huge supporter of the United States Military and their families. Considering Coach K played at the United States Military Academy in college, served five years in the Army as an officer and began his coaching career at Army, it’s not surprising that he enthusiastically supports the troops and their mission. Throughout his career he’s showed his support by visiting with troops at military bases, raising funds for military causes, and even lending his coaching expertise to military players and teams around the country.
For his dedication to the military over the course of his career the United States Army awarded Coach K the George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest honor the Association of the U.S. Army awards. Speaking in front of a sold out ball room of current and former members of the United States Army, Coach K said he was honored and humbled to receive the award and spoke about how the Army laid the foundation for his coaching career and for his life.
“I want to thank you for the countless times your boots have been on the ground,” he said. “On behalf of the ordinary people, we love you and thank you. Thank you so much for including me and my family in your family. Thank you for never accepting defeat.”
Coach K and his Duke Blue Devils kick off their 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Livingston on November 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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