Krzyzewski to add Wooden leadership award to collection
Mike Krzyzewski will add yet another award to his collection next month.
The Duke men’s basketball coach, already enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame, will receive the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award at “An Evening with the Legends of the Game” event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.
The award is named after legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and his wife, Nell. Since her parents have both passed away, Nan Wooden will present the custom-made award to Krzyzewski.
“Coach K represents exactly what the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award is all about,” Bob Geoghan, the award’s executive director, said. “Whether coaching the Blue Devils or Team USA, he is passionate and inspires his teams to win.”
Krzyzewski, 66, is the all-time leader in men’s Division I coaching wins with 957. He has led Duke to four NCAA championships, winning 884 games on the Blue Devils sidelines since becoming their coach in 1980.
He has led Duke to an NCAA record 13 30-win seasons and 11 Final Fours. With 16 wins next season, he will become the second coach in Division I men’s basketball to post 900 victories at one school. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim was the first to accomplish the feat during the 2012-13 season.
On a larger stage, Krzyzewski also has been the head coach of USA Basketball’s Senior National Team since 2005. The Americans have gone 62-1, winning four gold medals in international play. Krzyzewski led Team USA to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
The ceremony for “An Evening with the Legends of the Game” will take place Sept. 24, from 6-10 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. The evening will include dinner, awards presentations and a silent auction.
Tickets are $200, but an early bird price of $150 is in effect for tickets purchased through Sept. 13. Tickets are available online at AnEveningWithTheLegends.com.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
In addition to Krzyzewski’s honor, two of his former players will be inducted to the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame at the same ceremony. Tommy Amaker, who played on Krzyzewski’s first Final Four team at Duke in 1986, will be enshrined along with Grant Hill, who starred on Duke’s 1991 and 1992 NCAA championship teams.
Hill, who retired this spring after a 19-year NBA career, and Amaker, currently Harvard’s head coach, are expected to be in attendance on Sept. 24. Two other players, Phil Chenier and Paul “Red” Jenkins, also will be inducted in to the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame that night.
Other dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony are longtime DeMatha High School coach Morgan Wootten, former Duke assistant coach and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, former Duke player and current Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and former NBA player Kevin Grevey.