57 Coach K Quotes (Mike Krzyzewski)

Enjoy popular Coach K quotes on leadership, teamwork, and other topics that we have collected from the career of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

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Leadership Quotes

I believe a big part of leadership is about winning the moment--Coach K Quotes

I believe a big part of leadership is about winning the moment.  Mike Krzyzewski
A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure--Coach K Quotes
A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure. Mike Krzyzewski
Leaders show respect for people by giving them time--Coach K Quotes
Leaders show respect for people by giving them time. Mike Krzyzewski
In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved--Coach K Quotes
In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved. Mike Krzyzewski
 In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there ar four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try.
In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there ar four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. Mike Krzyzewski (Also on our Leadership Quotes Page)
Your heart has to be in whatever you lead. You have to follow your heart and lead with it.
Your heart has to be in whatever you lead. You have to follow your heart and lead with it.  Mike Krzyzewski
Leaders have to give time for relationships. But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful. So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done.
Leaders have to give time for relationships. But more demands will be placed on their time as they become more successful. So if a person’s success is based on developing relationships, then they have to continually find new ways of getting it done. Mike Krzyzewski
When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team--Coach K Quotes
When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team. Mike Krzyzewski
A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the people on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing--Coach K Quotes
A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the people on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing. Mike Krzyzewski
Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned--Coach K Quotes
Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.  Coach K Quotes
You can't defer if you're the person who's in the leadership position
You can’t defer if you’re the person who’s in the leadership position.  Mike Krzyzewski
During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.
During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions. Mike Krzyzewski
Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated--Coach K Quotes
Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated. Mike Krzyzewski
Your team should be led with exuberance and excitement. You should live the journey. You should live it right. You should live it together. You should live it shared. You should try to make one another better. You should get on one another if somebody’s not doing their part. You should hug one another when they are. You should be disappointed in a loss and exhilarated in a win. It’s all about the journey--Coach K Quotes
Your team should be led with exuberance and excitement. You should live the journey. You should live it right. You should live it together. You should live it shared. You should try to make one another better. You should get on one another if somebody’s not doing their part. You should hug one another when they are. You should be disappointed in a loss and exhilarated in a win. It’s all about the journey. Mike Krzyzewski
A leader is someone who puts their people in position to be successful all the time.
A leader is someone who puts their people in position to be successful all the time. Mike Krzyzewski
Visualize a wagon wheel as a complete team. A leader might be the hub of the wheel at the center. Now suppose the spokes are the connecting relationships the leader is building with people on the outer rim of the wheel. If the hub is removed, then the entire wheel collapses. In a situation like that, if a team loses the leader, the entire team collapses.
Visualize a wagon wheel as a complete team. A leader might be the hub of the wheel at the center. Now suppose the spokes are the connecting relationships the leader is building with people on the outer rim of the wheel. If the hub is removed, then the entire wheel collapses. In a situation like that, if a team loses the leader, the entire team collapses. Mike Krzyzewski
I believe work is good. There is dignity in work. I also believe that a hard-work ethic forges strong leaders--Coach K Quotes
I believe work is good. There is dignity in work. I also believe that a hard-work ethic forges strong leaders. Mike Krzyzewski

Teamwork Quotes from Coach Krzyzewski

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication--Coach K Quotes

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Mike Krzyzewski
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless. Mike Krzyzewski Quotes
There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.
There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable. Mike Krzyzewski
Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own.
Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own. Mike Krzyzewski
In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way.
In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way. Mike Krzyzewski
 Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.
Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates. Mike Krzyzewski
Two are better than one if two act as one--Coach K Quotes
Two are better than one if two act as one. Mike Krzyzewski
You develop a team to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. All of us alone are weaker, by far, than if all of us are together.
You develop a team to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. All of us alone are weaker, by far, than if all of us are together. Coach K Quotes
Don’t take your culture for granted. There needs to be a constant renewal of values that lead to camaraderie.
Don’t take your culture for granted. There needs to be a constant renewal of values that lead to camaraderie. Mike Krzyzewski
Everyone on your team is important... Importance knows NO rank.
Everyone on your team is important… Importance knows NO rank. Mike Krzyzewski
People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.
People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good. Mike Krzyzewski

Inspirational Coach K Quotes

When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you! --Coach K Quotes

When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you! Mike Krzyzewski
Every season is a journey.  Every journey is a lifetime. 
Every season is a journey.  Every journey is a lifetime.  Mike Krzyzewski Quotes
It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward.
It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward. Mike Krzyzewski
Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. 
Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one.  Mike Krzyzewski
Friendships, along with love, make life worth living--Coach K Quotes
Friendships, along with love, make life worth living. Mike Krzyzewski
I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing.  It's a process, and failure is part of the process.
I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing.  It’s a process, and failure is part of the process.  Mike Krzyzewski
Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.
Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on. Mike Krzyzewski
My hunger is not for success, it is for excellence.  Because when you attain excellence, success just naturally follows. 
My hunger is not for success, it is for excellence.  Because when you attain excellence, success just naturally follows.  Mike Krzyzewski
Courage and confidence is what decision-making is all about.
Courage and confidence is what decision-making is all about. Mike Krzyzewski
 Throughout the season, I look into my players’ eyes to gauge feelings, confidence levels, and to establish instant trust--Coach K Quotes
Throughout the season, I look into my players’ eyes to gauge feelings, confidence levels, and to establish instant trust. Mike Krzyzewski
With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.
With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order. Mike Krzyzewski
Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. It also sets the stage for open dialogue and honest conversation.
Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. It also sets the stage for open dialogue and honest conversation. Mike Krzyzewski
At the heart of character is honesty and intensity.
At the heart of character is honesty and intensity. Mike Krzyzewski
Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.
Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it. Mike Krzyzewski
A little negative thing must be dealt with immediately --before it becomes a big negative thing--Coach K Quotes
A little negative thing must be dealt with immediately –before it becomes a big negative thing. Coach K Quotes
Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.
Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself. Mike Krzyzewski
Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.
Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation. Mike Krzyzewski
A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.
A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people. Mike Krzyzewski
To be successful, you have to learn to do the things you don't like. You find ways to like the process and make the most of that time.
To be successful, you have to learn to do the things you don’t like. You find ways to like the process and make the most of that time. Mike Krzyzewski
I think you're not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.
I think you’re not a human being unless you have doubts and fears. Mike Krzyzewski
Champions play as they practice. Create consistency of excellence in all your habits.
Champions play as they practice. Create consistency of excellence in all your habits. Mike Krzyzewski
Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.
Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life. Mike Krzyzewski
If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.
If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today. Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski Biography (Wikipedia.org)

Coach K was bron in February 13, 1947 in Chicago Illinois.  He coached his final game on April 2, 2022.

Education
Helen Catholic High School in Ukrainian Village, Chicago and Archbishop Weber High School, Chicago

Army 1969.  While at Army, he played for Coach Bob Knight and served as team captain

Coaching Career
Indiana Assistant Coach 1974-75

Army Head Coach 1975-1980  (73-59)
Duke Head Coach (1981-2022 (1,129-309)

Overall Record (1,202-368) 1,202 is the most wins by any Men’s Division I Coach
NCAA Champions 1991, 1992, 2001. 2010, 2015
Naismith Coach of the Year 1989, 1992, 1999
Gold Medals as Olympic Head Coach 2008, 2012, 2016   
Naismith Hall of Fame Inductee 2001
College Basketball Hall of Fame 2006 

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4 thoughts on “57 Coach K Quotes (Mike Krzyzewski)

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  2. Nice list. Some more for you:

    Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.

    If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.

    With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.

  3. Coach K is the greatest leader of my time. I work in a homeless shelter trying to motivate men to change their lives. Coach K is a person that I emulate daily to get the most out of my TEAM. Trust love faith and encouragement. Thank you Michael K for the genius that you are.

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