When the film The Way We Were, starring Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford, debuted in 1973, Mike Krzyzewski was the head coach of the U.S. Military Prep School in Virginia. The following year, he would debut as a college coach, serving as an assistant to his college coach, the "General" Bob Knight.
After a year under Knight's continued tutelage at Indiana, Krzyzewski, with his mentor's help and blessing, landed his first college head coaching job at the West Point Military Academy, where the pair had first linked up as player and coach. Since being recruited by Knight out of the Chicago Catholic School Prep Leagues to play at Army, the lives and careers of Krzyzewski and Knight have been incredibly intertwined.
When Bob Knight ended his 44-year head coaching career after the 2007-2008 season, he retired with 902 career victories—the most wins by any men's basketball coach in NCAA history. He surpassed former legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith in 2007 to attain that distinction.
Knight's former player and assistant, Mike Krzyzewski, ended the 2010-2011 season with 899 victories, just three shy of tying his mentor and four wins short of passing him for career-win record.
Incredibly, Coack "K," as he has come to be known, ran up this total in just 37 years as a head coach. Barring a personal or professional calamity of epic proportions, Krzyzewski will master the master sometime early in the upcoming campaign.
Let's take a look at the milestone victories that marked Krzyzewski's path to the brink of being the winningest coach of all time.
Where were we, where were you at these landmarks in Coach K's career?