Coach Mike Krzyzewski is 66 years old now and will be 70 years old after the 2016 Olympics. He has had a great career at Duke so far, the coach with the most wins in division one history. He had a great career but all great things must come to an end. However, I believe Coach K will have at least another four seasons at Duke.
Coach K looks younger and more energetic than he has in a long while, due in large part to his time coaching Team USA. Looking at him last year, he looks like he could do this another ten years, but it seems highly possible that he could retire from both jobs after the 2016 Olympics. What better way to step back from the game than with a third consecutive gold medal?
Coach K taking on a bigger workload should show to everyone he is energized and ready to take on coaching for years to come. He has been very successful the last couple years, which showed him that he still has the passion for the game. He has the energy and can still coach at a high level, so seeing Coach K going into his seventies wouldn’t be unlikely. Coaching both NBA and college players can show he has an abundant amount of time left, but sometimes putting too much on your plate can backfire.
Reaching the seventy year mark has meant the end or near the end for numerous other successful coaches. Jim Calhoun retired at sixty nine and most of the great coaches call it a career in their sixties. Coach K has made a commitment for Team USA through the age of seventy, but the question remains – will he continue with the Blue Devils after that time?
With how good Coach K has looked lately, he might be able to do this into his seventies. The Olympics and Duke will take up most of his time the next four years and he might not have much left in the tank after. The Olympics might have been good for him initially because it brought him more energy and passion to the game. These last four years however, could mean ending his career rather than prolonging it.
Even with the Olympics, he should still have a few years left after he finishes that in 2016, but it might cut his career shorter than it would have been without the Olympic team. He’ll be working twice as hard, and while coaching Team USA doesn’t seem like a chore, Coach K will certainly stress over it.
The end of his career should come in his early seventies and he should put all of his time into Duke Basketball at the end before he steps down. Coach K taking on the Olympics in 2016 will give him four more years at Duke and I believe he should go four more years after that, focusing 100% on Duke.
If Coach K was planning to step down before 2016, he wouldn’t have gone four more years with Team USA. The only reason he would have taken this challenge again is that he knows he has at least eight years of coaching left.
The man is such a legend that the entire basketball community will be saddened when he does decide to step down, but all good things must come to an end.