Duke’s Coach K returning to USA team for 2016 Olympics

lkeeley@newsobserver.comMay 22, 2013 

Mike Krzyzewski will coach USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A formal announcement will come Thursday morning.

Krzyzewski will also coach 2014 FIBA World Cup in Madrid He has a 62-1 record in International play, with his lone loss coming in 2006 to Greece at the World Championships in Japan. Team USA won Olympic gold from Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. He also won 2010 World Championships in Istanbul.

Since the end of the 2012 games, Krzyzewski had insisted he was done coaching USA Basketball. USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo had always maintained the possibility of Krzyzewski returning, and he has been working hard recently to convince the Duke coach to return. Now, he has succeeded in convincing Division I basketball’s winningest coach to come along for another four-year stint. Krzyzewski, 66, will be 69 when the United States takes the floor in Brazil.

Krzyzewski has achieved nearly every possible basketball coaching milestone. But this decision gives him the chance to do something never done before: become the first coach to lead Team USA to three gold medals.

There will likely be new faces on his staff. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim he indicated that he would most likely return to coach under Krzyzewski. Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan were the other two assistants.

Keeley 919-829-4556; Twitter @laurakeeley

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