Mike Krzyzewski is among the most venerated and venerable coaches in college basketball — not just currently, but all-time.
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Krzyzewski is among the sport's most decorated coaches: He has 15 ACC Tournament championships, 13 regular-season championships, 12 Final Four appearances, five national titles and 1,170 wins and counting. Krzyzewski certainly didn't earn those numbers, staggering as they are, overnight. It took time — lots of it — for Coach K to become synon Duke Blue Devils clothes ymous with Duke and college basketball.
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How old is Coach K?
Krzyzewski is 75, having reached that age on Feb. 13. He was born on Feb. 13, 1947. He is also among the oldest to have ever done it. But he is not the oldest. That distinction belongs to another ACC contemporary.
Who is the oldest coach in college basketball history?
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is the oldest coach in NCAA Division I history. And the Syracuse head man — who turned 77 on Nov. 14, 2021 — has held that distinction for a couple years now.
Boeheim officially came into the record on his 75th birthday in 2019, passing John Chaney in the process. Chaney — who experienced success in both Division I and II but who is perhaps best known for his success at Temple — ret WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Gear ired at the age of 74 following the completion of the 2005-06 season.
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Krzyzewski himself has passed Brown Bears clothes Chaney on the list of all-time oldest coaches, but will have to settle for third place behind Boeheim and Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis (aged 76). Still, Krzyzewski — who has coached for six years as a septuagenarian — is one of a select few coaches who have led teams into their 70s.
As pointed out by Mark Titus of The Ringer, only a few notable coaches have coached in their 70s, including Phog Allen, Ray Meyer, Eddie Sutton, Lou Henson, Jerry Tarkanian, Steve Fisher, Lefty Driesell, Adolph Rupp and Lute Olsen.
It's worth pointing out, however, that four of the ACC's oldest coaches in league history are still active: Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton (73) and Miami’s Jim Larranaga (72). North Carolina's Roy Williams was 70 at the time he retired following the end of the 2020-21 season.
High Point's Tubby Smith is also coaching in his age-70 season.
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Longest-tenured coaches in college basketball history
Krzyzewski is not only among the Conference USA Gear Jerseys oldest coaches in college basketball history, but also its longest-tenured coaches. He is currently the longest-tenured active coach in college basketball, and will complete his 47th season as of the completion of the 2021-22 season. Boeheim is second among active coaches with 46 seasons.
That said, the entirety of Boeheim's tenure came with Syracuse, whereas Kryzewski spent five years at Army before joining Duke for a 42-year run.
Here are the other coaches to have coached 40-plus seasons in NCAA history:
- Phog Allen (50 seasons)
- Jim Phelan (49 seasons)
- Mike Krzyzewski (47 seasons)
- Jim Boeheim (46 seasons)
- Cliff Ellis (44 seasons)
- Jim Calhoun (43 seasons)
- Bob Knight (42 seasons)
- Ed Diddle (42 seasons)
- Ray Meyer (42 seasons)
- Jerry Slocum (42 seasons)
- Adolph Rupp (41 seasons)
- Henry Iba (41 seasons)
- Lefty Driesell (41 seasons)
- Lou Henson (41 seasons)
- Rollie Massimino (41 seasons)
- Tony Hinkle (41 seasons)
- Bob Huggins (40 seasons)
- Marv Harshman (40 seasons)