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

15 Wholesome Facts



1. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.

2. The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

3. Mr. Rogers' sweaters were all knitted by his mom.

4. Libraries outnumber McDonald's in the United States by a ratio of 8:1.

5. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Babies don't smile because they're happy, they smile because they like the happy reaction from their parents.

7. Oftentimes an octopus heart will skip a beat when they see their potential mate.

8. The Beatles used the word "love" 613 times in their songs.

9. Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by forgetting where they put their acorns.

10. A group of bunnies is called a "fluffle".

11. Smiling actually lowers stress, whether you're faking it or not.

12. Cuddling with someone you love is scientifically proven to increase happiness.

13. We are all made of stardust.

14. Happiness levels are about 50% genetic, 10% circumstance, and about 40% choice.

15. For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a civic virtue that required a lifetime of cultivation.

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.