It's not often you see a college coach accomplish 1,000 wins, or even coach 1,000 games for that matter. In college baseball, 1k wins is a rechable feat because of the amount of games in a season but you must win for a long time, at least 20 years. In Division 1 Men's College Basketball though, no one has ever reached that feat, until January 25th, 2015.
Mike Krzyzewski has become the first Division 1 coach to achieve 1,000 wins on the basketball court, after his Blue Devils defeated the St. John's Red Storm, 68-77, in Madison Square Garden. The Basketball gods knew exactly what they were doing when Duke lost two straight a week ago. Coach K passed his mentor, Bob Knight, for most wins at the Garden, so it's only right that another feat was accomplished in the Mecca of Basketball.
St. Johns didn't allow this to be an easy win though. They led at halftime, 43-38, coming out early with a lot of passion and fire. Big man in the middle, Sir'Dominic Pointer, finished with 21 points and 10 boards, while guard, Rysheed Jordan, scored 18 points, 14 of which coming in the first half. In the last 5 minutes of the game, Duke outscored St. Johns 14-6, which sealed the win for Coach K.
Tyus Jones finished with 22 points, while Quinn Cook and Jahlil Okafor each contributed 17 points. This may be Coach K's best squad in a long time, one I think can go all the way. Jones, only a freshman, is one of the top guards in the country. He is poised like a senior, and has a complete all-around game. Then you add guard-forward, Justice Winslow, an athletic freshman on the wing to the equation, its hard to find a weakness in this Duke lineup.
Coach has been coaching for 40 years, starting out at Army in 1975. He would spend 5 seasons at Army, with a overall record of 73 wins and 59 losses in 132 games. In 1980, he was hired by Duke University and that's when the legend began. By 1984, Duke was ranked in the pre-season top ten, and in 1985 they finished #1 for the first time in Coach K era. Coach has built a program of excellence, winning 4 titles since 1990, and coaching countless All-Americans. He has appeared in the final four 11 times, and National Championship 6 times. While at Duke he has a 927-249 record in 1175 games. He now joins former Lady Volunteers coach, Pat Summitt as the only D1 coaches, Men's and Women's, to have 1,000 wins.
It's not many coaches, pro or college, in any sport that has reached the stature of Coach K. It's one thing to be recognized by your peers but it's another thing to be recognized in the pop culture world. At the age of 67, when Coach K will call it quits but I'm sure he got another two-to-three hundred wins left in his tank. From everyone here at Fan-i Sports, we would like to say congrats coach.