Coach K to step down as Team USA coach following 2016 Olympics

Mike Krzyzewski (USATSI)
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski led Team USA to Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. (USATSI)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he is still planning to step down from his post as Team USA men’s basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics.

ESPN was first to report the news following a conversation with Krzyzewski.

“It is. It definitely is,” Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. “I think it’s time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching.

“There has to be a succession … a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.”

Krzyzewski was named the coach of the men’s basketball program back in 2005, and has amassed a 75-1 record in his time, including Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. He’s been involved with USA Basketball in some capacity since 1979.

This has been expected to be Coach K’s final Olympics for a while, and it’s not the first time that he’s announced that he would not be continuing as coach. Back in 2013, Krzyzewski said that he was done, but then ended up re-signing through 2016 after his season with Duke ended.

He noted further in his conversation with ESPN that he’s “excited about the future because (of) what we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

There appears to be no current succession plan in place, as Krzyzewski noted that those conversations are still ongoing. He does believe that international experience is essential though for the next candidate.

“I think it would be good if somebody had experience in international basketball,” Krzyzewski said. “They will pick the best person, from whatever — the NBA or collegiate environment. They will pick the best person and complement that person with a great staff and infrastructure so we can have a chance to keep winning.”

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