Krzyzewski: Records secondary to winning
“When I did that, I knew I couldn’t lead my team, and I just think that comes from the military,” Krzyzewski said. “If you’re not [able], there should be a different leader … and Tom Butters said, ‘We’re not doing that. That’s not appropriate.’ And he was right.”
Krzyzewski led the Blue Devils to plenty of highs during three-plus decades in Durham - four national championships, 11 Final Fours and 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles.
But what drives him, he says, is avoiding the lows. His record during his first eight years as a coach was a pedestrian 111-106. He painted the bleachers gray at Army because there wasn’t anybody else there to do it. He took over a Duke program he described as “a house of cards” and built it into one of college basketball’s most powerful brand names.