Mike Krzyzewski, American Coach ( February 13, 1947 - )

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To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.~Mike Krzyzewski

Beauty Teamwork Selfless

I always wanted to teach.~Mike Krzyzewski

Teach Always Wanted

A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.~Mike Krzyzewski

Team Together Basketball

I think you're not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.~Mike Krzyzewski

You Think Human

The person who has inspired me my whole life is my Mom, because she taught me commitment. She sacrificed.~Mike Krzyzewski

Mom Life Commitment

I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.~Mike Krzyzewski

Imagination Free Always

The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.~Mike Krzyzewski

Love Teacher Loved

In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.~Mike Krzyzewski

Positive Failure School

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.~Mike Krzyzewski

Truth Decisions People

With me and basketball, it became part of me.~Mike Krzyzewski

Me Basketball Part

My parents didn't really understand too much about sport. At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles.~Mike Krzyzewski

Time Parents Community

I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up. Sport helped me channel that temper into more positive acts.~Mike Krzyzewski

Positive Growing Up Me

Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I've always looked up to.~Mike Krzyzewski

Mom Life My Life

That's another thing, we made up games. We didn't have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn't skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.~Mike Krzyzewski

Football Loved Doing

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.~Mike Krzyzewski

Winning Great Imagination

I've been so fortunate in my life that my family has never been jealous of my success. They have shown true love and commitment to me by being supportive. They shared in it.~Mike Krzyzewski

Life Love Family

I'm fortunate now that I coach at Duke University and we've won a lot. I have some kids who haven't failed that much. But when they get to college, they're going to fail some time. That's a thing that I can help them the most with.~Mike Krzyzewski

Time College Help

Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.~Mike Krzyzewski

Leader Coach You

I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it's tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.~Mike Krzyzewski

Respect Team Lie

I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport.~Mike Krzyzewski

Hope Good Failure

Leadership is an ever-evolving position.~Mike Krzyzewski

Leadership Position

You can see and you can listen, but you have to have moments in which you feel.~Mike Krzyzewski

Moments You Listen

The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it's a whole new team.~Mike Krzyzewski

Life Team New

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that's still what I do: teach.~Mike Krzyzewski

Teacher School Ambition

Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.~Mike Krzyzewski

Ego Want Individual

Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn't go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it.~Mike Krzyzewski

Love Music Parents