With two gold medals, a FIBA world championship in tow and a 50-game international winning streak still cooking, Mike Krzyzewski can safely say that the USA men's basketball team is doing a bit better than it was when he first inherited it.
But on Tuesday, Krzyzweski joined WMVP-AM 1000 to confirm that he will step down as coach of the national team after taking over in Sept. 2005.
“I’ve loved, loved, loved, and it’s been an honor being with the USA Basketball team,” said Krzyzewski, who indicated that a new coach would be named this summer.
"We're in a good spot. We need to keep building."
Krzyzweski took over a team that suffered a disappointing sixth-place finish in the 2002 FIBA world championships. The team also had an opportunity in 2004 to win a gold medal for the first time since 1992 when NBA players were initially included in the games, but USA’s team was unable to come out on top.
The USA men's team finished third in the 2006 FIBA world championships in their first major international tournament under Krzyzewski after losing in the semifinals to Greece. That would wind up being the only loss of a coaching tenure that lasted over seven years and was wrapped up with a victory over Spain last August in the Gold Medal game of the 2012 London Olympics.