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Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Don’t let a single game break your heart.”

Don’t let a single game break your heart.

— Mike Krzyzewski



Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “It’s funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you’d do. It’s terrific.”

It’s funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you’d do. It’s terrific.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “That’s another thing, we made up games. We didn’t have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn’t skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.”

That’s another thing, we made up games. We didn’t have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn’t skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to.”

Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “You can see and you can listen, but you have to have moments in which you feel.”

You can see and you can listen, but you have to have moments in which you feel.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “If the only reason I coached was to win basketball games, my life would be pretty shallow.”

If the only reason I coached was to win basketball games, my life would be pretty shallow.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.”

Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I’m fortunate now that I coach at Duke University and we’ve won a lot. I have some kids who haven’t failed that much. But when they get to college, they’re going to fail some time. That’s a thing that I can help them the most with.”

I’m fortunate now that I coach at Duke University and we’ve won a lot. I have some kids who haven’t failed that much. But when they get to college, they’re going to fail some time. That’s a thing that I can help them the most with.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Embrace the hell out of personal responsibility.”

Embrace the hell out of personal responsibility.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “When I was growing up, there weren’t any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn’t have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football.”

When I was growing up, there weren’t any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn’t have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.”

Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Actually, the Kentucky moment was better than winning the two National Championships, because it was the epitome of what I try to get from a team in a crisis situation.”

Actually, the Kentucky moment was better than winning the two National Championships, because it was the epitome of what I try to get from a team in a crisis situation.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Basketball was not my main sport in grade school, or even the first year of high school.”

Basketball was not my main sport in grade school, or even the first year of high school.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “It is the ultimate honor for a coach to be his country’s coach.”

It is the ultimate honor for a coach to be his country’s coach.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.”

With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “My parents didn’t really understand too much about sport. At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles.”

My parents didn’t really understand too much about sport. At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn’t go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it.”

Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn’t go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.”

I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “If you set up an atmosphere of community and trust, it becomes a tradition. Older team members will establish your credibility with newer ones. Even if they don’t like everything about you, they’ll say, ‘He’s trustworthy, committed to us as a team.’”

If you set up an atmosphere of community and trust, it becomes a tradition. Older team members will establish your credibility with newer ones. Even if they don’t like everything about you, they’ll say, ‘He’s trustworthy, committed to us as a team.’

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it’s a whole new team.”

The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it’s a whole new team.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.”

Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “With me and basketball, it became part of me.”

With me and basketball, it became part of me.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “If you win a National Championship, or you win two, people think you have not only seen the Holy Grail, but you’ve embraced it. Basically, I do what a lot of people do, but I’ve been able to win.”

If you win a National Championship, or you win two, people think you have not only seen the Holy Grail, but you’ve embraced it. Basically, I do what a lot of people do, but I’ve been able to win.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “If you have talent with teamwork, you’ve got a chance to be a championship team.”

If you have talent with teamwork, you’ve got a chance to be a championship team.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “First of all, what happens is, when you’re good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity.”

First of all, what happens is, when you’re good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Leaders have to give time for relationships. But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful. So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done.”

Leaders have to give time for relationships. But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful. So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that’s still what I do: teach.”

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that’s still what I do: teach.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I don’t think you play for other people’s expectations, you know. You don’t go and become a lawyer because your mother or father want you to, you don’t become a coach because somebody wants you to.”

I don’t think you play for other people’s expectations, you know. You don’t go and become a lawyer because your mother or father want you to, you don’t become a coach because somebody wants you to.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I don’t think we surprise people. We try to out-execute them.”

I don’t think we surprise people. We try to out-execute them.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The only way you’re going to grow is to be in difficult situations.”

The only way you’re going to grow is to be in difficult situations.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The team that trusts-their leader and each other-is more likely to be successful.”

The team that trusts-their leader and each other-is more likely to be successful.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The best teams are team in any sport that lose themselves in the team. The individuals lose their identity. And their identities come about as a result of being in the team first.”

The best teams are team in any sport that lose themselves in the team. The individuals lose their identity. And their identities come about as a result of being in the team first.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “It’s always an honor to be ranked high, but whatever is said about you, you take it and then take a realistic look at yourself and who you are.”

It’s always an honor to be ranked high, but whatever is said about you, you take it and then take a realistic look at yourself and who you are.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing.”

Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “When I had troubles, I’d go out with basketball – you can do it by yourself, too. So you’d go out and shoot, and you’d fantasize.”

When I had troubles, I’d go out with basketball – you can do it by yourself, too. So you’d go out and shoot, and you’d fantasize.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Parents can really help, but they can also really hinder the development of their youngsters.”

Parents can really help, but they can also really hinder the development of their youngsters.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.”

The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team.”

I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Leadership is simple: Add value to people everyday.”

Leadership is simple: Add value to people everyday.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “I always wanted to teach.”

I always wanted to teach.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “The other thing I knew I had was a high level of competitiveness.”

The other thing I knew I had was a high level of competitiveness.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Sometimes it’s not bad to hurt. Sometimes you don’t want things until you get hurt. We got hurt today, let’s see what we do.”

Sometimes it’s not bad to hurt. Sometimes you don’t want things until you get hurt. We got hurt today, let’s see what we do.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.”

A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn’t give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one.”

Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn’t give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Pete Newell told me ‘get as much information and learn as much about the game as you can, but use your own personality to teach it.’”

Pete Newell told me ‘get as much information and learn as much about the game as you can, but use your own personality to teach it.’

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “When you win, sometimes it overshadows a poor performance.”

When you win, sometimes it overshadows a poor performance.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to become a priest.”

When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to become a priest.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.”

Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.

— Mike Krzyzewski


Mike Krzyzewski Quote: “Therefore, as a player, as a coach, even though we might have lost in a season or not won a championship, it was like a self-fulfilling prophecy that I’m going to win some time. I’ve never felt myself a loser.”

Therefore, as a player, as a coach, even though we might have lost in a season or not won a championship, it was like a self-fulfilling prophecy that I’m going to win some time. I’ve never felt myself a loser.

— Mike Krzyzewski

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