Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, the most successful coach in men’s Division I basketball history, who has led the Blue Devils to five national championships in his 40 seasons, plans to retire after the 2021-2022 season, sources confirmed Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN on Wednesday.
Deputy head coach Jon Scheyer has agreed to become the next head coach at Duke, sources told ESPN. He will spend the 2021-2022 season as a waiting coach and then take over the office.
Duke spoke to outside candidates about Krzyzewski’s replacement, including Harvard trainer Tommy Amaker, sources told ESPN. However, Scheyer was the lead recruiter for stars like Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson and is Duke’s choice to replace Coach K, sources said.
The stadium first reported that Krzyzewski plans to retire after the next season.
Krzyzewski, a Naismith Hall of Fame coach who has 1,097 career wins at Duke, has led the Blue Devils to the Final Four 12 times. He has won 12 regular season ACC championships and 15 conference tournament titles over the years, producing 28 NBA lottery picks – and 41 first-round selections – in the process.
His five national titles rank only behind former UCLA coach John Wooden, who won 10.
His 97 NCAA tournament ranks first among all coaches, as does his 126 weeks, which ranks first in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Overall, including his five seasons as head coach with Army early in his career, Krzyzewski had a record 1,170-361.