In an unprecedented move, the Duke Basketball Board of Governors has unanimously voted to hire Mike Krzyzewski as the new head coach of the Duke basketball team.
The decision follows an in-depth and candid discussion with Krzyzanowski by the Board, which led to the hiring of former Duke head coach Mark Gottfried.
The decision to hire Krzyzinski as Duke’s next head coach comes after a tumultuous year for Duke.
Following the resignation of coach Mike Krzanich in the wake of the 2014 NCAA tournament, the program went into a tailspin and was forced to rebuild its roster, and this summer, Krzyzik was fired by the team.
After a year-long investigation by the NCAA, Duke agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine for the NCAA’s tampering program and is scheduled to forfeit $7.6 million in scholarships for the 2014-15 season.
Krzyziewicz had already been the head coach at the University of Miami from 2013 to 2016, but he had been out of a job for the past six months due to the NCAA investigation and the subsequent departures of Gottfried and Krzanics’ assistants.
After the investigation, Duke suspended Krzyzynski for a year without pay.
In response, Krzanikowski resigned from his job at Duke, where he was a part of the coaching staff that finished the 2015-16 season 11-20.
Kryzzinski had been with the program for just over a year when he became the interim head coach after Gottfried was fired.
He served as interim coach for the 2016-17 season, when Gottfried went on to become the head of the Boston Celtics.
Krzyzizinski was hired by Duke in April of 2017 to replace Gottfried, who had left for the NBA.
After Gottfried’s firing, Krzzyzinski became the coach at Virginia, the Cavaliers’ new school.
Krzanzewski is one of the youngest coaches in college basketball history and was one of only three coaches in NCAA history to be named to multiple Final Four teams.
He is the third coach in the last five years to have a team in the NCAA tournament.
Kruszewski has been widely praised for his work with the Duke Blue Devils, which finished a national ranking of No. 1 in the country last season.
He has also been recognized as a leader and a mentor in the Duke locker room, and his tenure in Durham is viewed as an integral part of what made the program successful last season and the 2017-18 season.
Duke will be without its most talented player, Grayson Allen, for the foreseeable future.
He averaged 20.7 points and 8.2 rebounds last season while helping the Blue Devils win the ACC tournament.
The 2018-19 season will be Krzyza’s third at Duke.
He took over the program after Gottfrid left to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Blue Devil finished 10-8 and earned a bid to the Sweet 16 in his first season.