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Jon Scheyer to Succeed Mike Krzyzewski as Duke Men's Basketball Coach

Adam WellsJune 2, 2021

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Jon Scheyer has been named the successor to Mike Krzyzewski as head basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team.

Krzyzewski officially announced his intention to retire following the 2021-22 season on Wednesday, with the school naming Scheyer as the replacement.

In a statement, Scheyer noted he is "deeply committed" to continuing the Blue Devils' championship legacy:

"Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I could not ask for a better place to continue my career. This is absolutely humbling. First, I offer extreme gratitude to the greatest coach of all time whose career is unrivaled in basketball. Coach K has built the premier program in our sport thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, a tireless attention to detail, a family-first approach and a remarkable compassion and care of his players, coaches, and staff. He has set a standard that every coach at every level should strive to achieve.
"I'd also like to express my sincere appreciation to President Vincent Price, Kevin White and Nina King for believing in me and providing me this opportunity. It is an honor to call this great institution my alma mater, and I'm deeply committed to furthering its academic and athletics excellence while continuing the championship legacy of Duke Basketball."

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Duke spoke with outside candidates, including former Duke player and current Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, before deciding on Scheyer, who currently serves as the team's associate head coach. 

Krzyzewski has been Duke's head coach since March 18, 1980. He took over a program that made just eight NCAA tournament appearances in its first 27 seasons as a member of the ACC. 

After three initial rebuilding years, the Blue Devils have grown to become one of the most dominant and storied basketball programs in the nation. They have won five NCAA championships, 12 ACC regular-season titles and 15 ACC tournament titles under Krzyzewski. 

Scheyer played for Krzyzewski for four years from 2006-10. He was part of the Blue Devils' national championship team as a senior in 2009-10. The Illinois native led the team with 23 points in a 78-57 win over West Virginia in the Final Four. 

After playing four seasons overseas, Scheyer was named a full-time assistant coach on Krzyzewski's staff in April 2014. The 33-year-old won a championship as a coach during the 2014-15 season when the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin in the national title game. He was named associate head coach in 2018.

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Duke is scheduled to begin Krzyzewski's final season at the helm on Nov. 9 against Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. 

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