Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who led the U.S. men’s basketball team to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, said he will step down as head coach after the Rio 2016 Games, according to ESPN.com.
“It definitely is,” his final Olympics, Krzyzewski said, according to the report.
It’s expected news.
Krzyzewski, 68, originally said the 2012 Olympics would be his final Games but, in 2013, announced he was coming back to coach Team USA for another Olympic cycle.
In July, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he knew Krzyzewski would be done after Rio 2016.
Krzyzewski was hired as the U.S. head coach following the failure of the 2004 Olympic team that lost three games in Athens and came away with bronze under Larry Brown. Those marked the first U.S. losses at the Olympics since NBA players began playing in 1992.
The U.S. men have gone 75-1 under Krzyzewski, the loss coming in the 2006 FIBA World Cup semifinals to Greece. He was also an assistant coach for the 1984 and 1992 U.S. Olympic champion teams.
In Rio, Krzyzewski could become the first U.S. men’s coach to lead three teams to gold medals.
“Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,” Krzyzewski said, according to the report.
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