With the USA Basketball Men’s National Team currently enjoying a 50-game winning streak that dates back to 2006, and winners of back-to-back Olympic gold medals sandwiched around the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) will return as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team for the 2013-16 quadrennium.
Colangelo’s announcement means that Krzyzewski will be back on the bench as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's National Team program for 2013-16. Over the course of this quad, USA Men’s National Teams will conduct a team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“About four years ago I was asked about Coach K’s return and what I said then is still true now - when you have a good thing going you don’t mess with it,” said Colangelo, who has served as the Managing Director of USA Basketball Men’s National Team program since 2005 and seen those teams compile a 62-1 record. “I’m delighted to announce that Coach K has agreed to return as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team for 2013-16, and I really can’t be more pleased and excited. He was and still is the right man to coach the USA National Team.
“We’ve seen the value of continuity and Coach K’s return gives our national team program another four years of continuity. Together we have been able to build on the program’s successes of each year and again establish the United States as the world’s number one basketball country. Repeating our performances from the previous four years, which included winning gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 London Olympics, will be quite a challenge, but it is one we look forward to undertaking.”
“It is tough to give up something you’ve absolutely loved doing for seven years, the people you’re doing it with, and most importantly, the country you’re doing it for,” said Krzyzewski. “As a result of my ongoing desire to coach, I’ve decided I'd like to continue as head coach of the Men’s National Team especially since USA Basketball wanted me to do so. It just seems like the right thing to do.
“There is no greater honor than to coach your country’s team and to be afforded the unique opportunity to be the National Team coach three times is incredible,” Coach K continued. “I do not take that responsibility lightly. Working with the people at USA Basketball, particularly Jerry Colangelo, has been remarkable. All of those people are still in place and I would have been the only person who wouldn’t have been back. So, we should go forward with that same team since we have done well and hopefully we will continue to do well.”
USA Basketball initiated its historic men’s national team program in 2005 and capped the 2005-2008 quad competitions with a magnificent gold medal run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Under Krzyzewski’s coaching, the USA Basketball National Team program during the three-year period between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record, and just as importantly reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
The USA squad culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000. The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.
All together, since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, and claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions.
Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.