Coach K, College Basketball Legend, to Retire
Laura Lee - June 3, 2021

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

Mike Krzyzewski, the most successful college basketball coach ever, and the architect of Duke University’s monster basketball program announced that he will retire at the end of the season. Coach K’s decision to leave Duke will be the end of a 40+ year career as head coach. Since his start in 1980, Coach K has won 1,097 games and five national championships at Duke and become one of the most recognizable figures in sports. Jon Scheyer, Duke’s assistant head coach and one of Krzyzewski’s former players, will succeed Krzyzewski.

 

Coach K with Duke players

Getty Images / Tribune News Service / Raleigh News & Observer

 

Krzyzewski’s departure comes as Duke had a disappointing 2020-2021 season in the NCAA. The school missed the annual March Madness tournament, as a result of the team’s top player opting to draft into the NBA instead of playing college basketball. Despite the most recent season, Krzyzewski’s teams have repeatedly been powers of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the Blue Devils have won fifteen conference titles and a dozen regular season championships. They did so with a shining blend of players over the years — the likes of Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Kyrie Irving, JJ Redick and Zion Williamson — who showed a deep attention to detail and preparation at Krzyzewski’s command.

 

As intense and demanding as Krzyzewski could be, he was hardly stubborn in his ways. In fact, his career was marked by a willingness to adapt.If his early teams will be defined by defense and rebounding, those qualities were often absent in his more recent teams, which were built around relentless offense keyed by 3-point shooters. Beyond college basketball, Krzyzewski was also the head coach for three American teams at the Olympics, winning gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.