June 2, 2021 turned into a rollercoaster of a day in the basketball world, specifically for someone like former Duke star and current Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
Just hours after Tatum’s team in Boston saw its president Danny Ainge retire and its head coach Brad Stevens move into the franchise’s front office, Duke managed to jump to the top of the news cycle in a big way.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported that longtime Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had decided to retire after the 2021-2022 season, ending a run with the university that has lasted more than three decades.
The program confirmed the news later on in the day, labeling the 2021-2022 season the “last ride for The Goat.”
As Duke’s head coach, Krzyzewski has led the program to five NCAA Division I championships, 12 Final Four appearances, 15 ACC Tournament titles, and 12 ACC regular-season titles.
Along with his success at Duke, “Coach K” has had an impact on an international level, as well, serving as head coach of the United States’ national team on numerous occasions.
Per Goodman, the leading candidate to replace Krzyzewski is Duke associate head coach Jon Scheyer, a former player at the university who graduated in 2010.