'Coach K' Will Speak at SHRM 2015 Annual Conference

By SHRM Online staff May 5, 2015
updated 5/18/2015

The head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils basketball program in Durham, N.C., who led the team to its fifth NCAA championship in 2015, will be the opening keynote speaker June 28 at the Society for Human Resource Management 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.

Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, 12-time National Coach of the Year and all-time winningest Division 1 basketball coach, will present “Victory Through Teamwork and Leadership.” A look at his stats shows that victory is something that Krzyzewski—named in 2011 to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame—understands. His achievements include:

  • Five national championships—1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015
  • 1,018 career wins, the most in NCAA history.
  • 945 victories at Duke, including 424 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) wins.
  • 31 NCAA tournament appearances.
  • 88 NCAA tournament victories—the most in NCAA history.
  • 28 All-America selections.
  • 12 Final Four appearances.
  • 12 ACC regular season championships.
  • 13 ACC tournament championships.
  • 49 NBA draft selections, including 28 in the first round.
  • 18 NBA lottery picks.
  • 10 consecutive Top 10 AP Poll finishes (1997-2006).
  • Four Olympic gold medals as head coach of the USA Men’s National Team.

Over the years, Krzyzewski coached six players who were named National Defensive Player of the Year, and seven players he coached were named National Player of the Year.

He is the co-author of A Season Is a Lifetime: The Inside Story of the Duke Blue Devils and Their Championship Seasons(Simon & Schuster, 1993), written after Duke’s 1992 national championship win. He also co-wrote Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success (Business Plus, 2007) and The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team (Business Plus, 2009). The latter is a guide to team building using his experiences over three years of coaching the players who would win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.​
Krzyzewski joins a stellar line-up of conference speakers that includes television journalist Mika Brzenzinski,
author and consultant Marcus Buckingham, and surgeon and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz.


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