Another titan in college basketball is on his way out.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s next season will be his last, Stadium reported Wednesday, as the 74-year-old has decided to retire after the 2021-2022 campaign.
The Hall of Famer is entering his 42nd season as head coach of the Blue Devils, who have won five national championships and 15 ACC championships under his watch. Krzyzewski has been a head coach since 1975, when he led Army for five seasons before taking over at Duke.
Former Duke guard and current assistant Jon Scheyer is expected to replace Krzyzewski in 2022, according to multiple reports. Scheyer is responsible for recruiting former Duke stars Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson, among others. ESPN reported Duke considered outside candidates, including Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, before deciding on Scheyer as the coach-in-waiting.
Entering his final season, Krzyzewski owns a record of 1097-302 at Duke and 1170-361 overall. That includes a 13-11 mark this past season, when the Blue Devils missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995 and for only the fifth time in Krzyzewski’s tenure — not including 2020, when the tournament was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Krzyzewski has led Duke to 12 Final Fours and produced 28 NBA lottery picks, including Grant Hill, Kyrie Irving, Tatum and Williamson.
Krzyzewski’s retirement will come after his biggest rival, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, announced his own retirement in April.
The former Army point guard who played under Bob Knight, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
He has also won three gold medals as the head coach of the USA men’s basketball Olympic team.