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Krzyzewski to return as U.S. men’s basketball coach

USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (UPI Photo/David Banks)
USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (UPI Photo/David Banks)
DURHAM, N.C., May 23 (UPI) — Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to coach the U.S. men’s national basketball team through 2016, USA Basketball announced Thursday.

The U.S. men’s team is 62-1 since Krzyzewski took over the head coaching role in 2005. The team, on a 50-game winning streak, also won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. The 2016 Olympics will be contested in Rio de Janeiro.

He had said that the 2012 Games iin Brazil would be his last as Team USA coach.

“It is tough to give up something you’ve absolutely loved doing for seven years, the people you’re doing it with, and most importantly, the country you’re doing it for,” Krzyzewski said. “As a result of my ongoing desire to coach, I’ve decided I’d like to continue as head coach of the Men’s National Team especially since USA Basketball wanted me to do so. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

Krzyzewski, 66, has coached at Duke for 33 seasons after five seasons at his alma mater West Point, amassing a record 957 wins against 297 losses. Duke has won the NCAA Tournament four times since Krzyzewski became coach there in 1980.

“There is no greater honor than to coach your country’s team and to be afforded the unique opportunity to be the National Team coach three times is incredible,” said Krzyzewski. “I do not take that responsibility lightly. Working with the people at USA Basketball, particularly (USA Basketball Chairman) Jerry Colangelo, has been remarkable.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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