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Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski

by Ian O'Connor
Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski

by Ian O'Connor


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The definitive biography of college basketball’s all-time winningest coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

Mike Krzyzewski, known worldwide as “Coach K,” is a five-time national champion at Duke, the NCAA’s all-time leader in victories with nearly 1,200, and the first man to lead Team USA to three Olympic basketball gold medals. Through unprecedented access to Krzyzewski’s best friends, closest advisers, fiercest adversaries, and generations of his players and assistants, three-time New York Times bestselling author Ian O’Connor takes you behind the Blue Devil curtain with a penetrating examination of the great but flawed leader as he closes out his iconic career.

Krzyzewski built a staggering basketball empire that has endured for more than four decades, placing him among the all-time titans of American sport, and yet there has never been a defining portrait of the coach and his program. Until now. O’Connor uses scores of interviews with those who know Krzyzewski best to deliver previously untold stories about the relationships that define the venerable Coach K, including the one with his volcanic mentor, Bob Knight, that died a premature death. Krzyzewski was always driven by an inner rage fueled by his tough Chicago upbringing, and by the blue-collar Polish-American parents who raised him to fight for a better life.  With updated coverage of Coach K’s stunning final season, O’Connor shows you sides of the man and his methods that will surprise even the most dedicated Duke fan.

“Basketball fans might feel as though they already know Coach K—or Mike Krzyzewski, the decades-long coach of the Duke Blue Devils who’s set to retire after this season. In this insightful biography, sportswriter O’Connor captures the formative experiences and inner drive that catapulted the coach to icon status. Even the most die-hard fans will learn something.” — Washington Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358345404
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 19,124
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ian O’Connor is an award-winning columnist who has written four previous books including The New York Times bestsellers Belichick, The Captain, and Arnie & Jack. He has finished in first place in 18 national writing contests, including those conducted by the Pro Football Writers of America, Golf Writers Association of America, and Associated Press Sports Editors. He is a sports columnist at The New York Post, and former columnist for, USA Today, and The New York Daily News. Twitter: @Ian_OConnor

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Columbo 7

2 Coach Knight 22

3 Hoosiers 46

4 Coach K 58

5 Loser 85

6 Saving Coach K 109

7 Can't Win The Big One 127

8 Conquest 145

9 Duke-Kentucky 165

10 Breakdown 185

11 Agony 208

12 Ecstasy 225

13 Gold 246

14 Leaving Knight Behind 278

15 Last Stand 302

Acknowledgments 331

Notes 333

Bibliography 347

Index 350

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