Mike Krzyzewski has racked up so many awards and accomplishments over the years that they can sometimes blend together.
Even still, Sports Illustrated's announcement today that it had named the Duke's men's basketball coach its Sportsman of the Year made Krzyzewski's players take note.
"That's a huge honor," Duke junior forward Mason Plumlee said. "It's crazy that he wins so many awards that he doesn't even tell you about them. We'll have to be sure to congratulate him on it. That's a big deal."
Krzyzewski set the all-time NCAA record for wins when Duke beat Michigan State on Nov. 15 for his 903rd career victory.
Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was also named Sportswoman of the Year by SI.
Summitt, who revealed this summer that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, is the all-time winningest coach in women's basketball.
The pair joined UCLA's John Wooden (1972) and North Carolina's Dean Smith (1997) as the only college coaches who have earned the designation from the magazine.
"Oh wow, that's cool," Duke freshman Austin Rivers said Monday when told that Krzyzewski had won the honor. "That's awesome. It's no surprise to me because he's a great coach - the greatest coach right now."
In announcing the award, Sports Illustrated heralded both Summitt's and Krzyzewski's ability to transcend their sports and serve as wider diplomats for their schools and college athletics.
"It's a great honor - with Pat Summitt as well," Duke's Ryan Kelly said. "That's another unbelievable figure in sports. The two of them are great role models and great people. I'm proud to be part of the program run by such a great coach."