Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time wins leader in NCAA Division I men’s basketball and a six-time gold medalist as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team, has been appointed Special Adviser to Basketball Operations by the NBA. Krzyzewski will provide counsel to the league office, NBA team executives and other leaders across the league on a host of issues related to the game.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to deepen my connection to the NBA and participate in conversations about further strengthening the league and the game,” said Krzyzewski, via nba.com. The former Duke coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer will begin his consulting capacity by attending a meeting of NBA general managers next week in Chicago.
Krzyzewski went 1,202-368 overall and 1,129-309 with the Blue Devils, making him the winningest men’s coach in NCAA history and at one school. During his tenure, he won five national championships and set the NCAA record for Final Four appearances by a head coach with 13.
In addition to his historic college coaching career, Krzyzewski guided the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team from 2005-16. He helped the United States earn back-to-back titles at the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time. He was named the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year a record seven times.