Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success

Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success

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by Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola
     
 

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The Duke University men's basketball team has served as the gold standard in college athletics for well over two decades - and that's all because of the extraordinary impact of Mike Krzyzewski, the highly-respected coach of the Duke squad.

Coach K's reputation as a teacher of young men has transcended his extraordinary success as a coach. The Duke team is

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The Duke University men's basketball team has served as the gold standard in college athletics for well over two decades - and that's all because of the extraordinary impact of Mike Krzyzewski, the highly-respected coach of the Duke squad.

Coach K's reputation as a teacher of young men has transcended his extraordinary success as a coach. The Duke team is always ranked at the top of the college game, year in and year out, but what's truly remarkable about Coach K are his players and the legacy they leave behind: Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Elton Brand, Bobby Hurley, and on and on -- these are not just great basketball players, but individuals who have become true leaders in American society, all thanks in large part to Coach K's leadership.

So how does Coach K do it? In this new book, he reveals his tips, advice, and time-tested guidance on how he coaches and educates his players about life beyond the basketball court.

Editorial Reviews

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has a seemingly unpronounceable name (sha-SHEF-skee) and a Hall of Fame record (more than 750 victories; 3 NCAA championships; 12 Coach of the Year awards). But, as the title of this winning book suggests, Coach K knows that a world exists beyond the gym. In fact, this West Point graduate is especially proud of one statistic that doesn't get in the record books: Ninety percent of Duke scholarship basketball players graduate. In this book, this inspirational mentor talks about his personal philosophy and lessons that he has learned on and off the court.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759516748
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
258,219
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Beyond Basketball



By Mike Krzyzewski Jamie K. Spatola


Warner Books


Copyright © 2006

Mike Krzyzewski

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-58049-X



Chapter One


Adaptability

As a point guard at West Point, I had the privilege of playing for
the legendary Bob Knight, a tough coach and probably the best of all
time. There was one particular drill, called "Zig Zag," that we did
in practice every single day. It was a defensive drill that was
difficult and physically exhausting. Though it's a great and
effective drill, my teammates and I dreaded it, but we always knew
it was coming.

Five years later, after the completion of my service in the United
States Army, I was able to reunite with Coach Knight as a graduate
assistant coach at Indiana for the 1974-75 season. It was an
unbelievable start for a coaching career, because not only did I
have the opportunity to work under the best in the business, but he
also had the number one team in the country that year with such
standout players as Scott May, Kent Benson, and Quinn Buckner.

At our very first practice of the season, I was so excited just to
be there. But I couldn't help but notice that we did not do the "Zig
Zag" drill. In the locker room after practice, I was thinking about
saying something to Coach Knight about it, but I thought better of
it, and didn't say anything. Surely we would do the drill tomorrow.

The next day, we had a great practice,but again, no "Zig Zag." That
day, Coach Knight seemed like he was in a pretty good mood and I was
feeling sure of myself.

"Coach," I said, to get his attention.

"What?" he responded. I was already thinking that this was a
mistake, but at this point I had to say it.

"Well, at Army, we did the 'Zig Zag' drill every single day, often
multiple times. How come we haven't done it with this team?"

Coach Knight walked calmly over to me, put his hand on my shoulder,
and said, "Michael, there is a big difference between you and Quinn
Buckner."

He was right. Drills like "Zig Zag" that are a necessity for some
teams may not be appropriate for others. You have to adapt what you
do based on who you are. A drill that Mike Krzyzewski needs to do
every day, Quinn Buckner may never have to do or may only have to do
infrequently. Every player is different, every team is different,
and to merely apply a formula is not fair to those players or those
teams.

You can always learn something from great teachers. I had the
privilege to learn from one of the best coaches of all time. From
Coach Knight, I learned passion, commitment, persistence, and
intensity. But I also learned adaptability.

That lesson is the reason why I have written a different practice
plan for every single practice of my career. In teaching, you must
remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught
the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has
to suit who you and your team are right now. And you must always be
willing to adapt. When you do, you and your team will be even more
successful.

(Continues...)





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by Mike Krzyzewski Jamie K. Spatola
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Meet the Author

In addition to winning numerous NCAA championships and Coach of the Year awards, Coach K has also been selected to coach the USA men's basketball team at the Summer Olympics in 2008.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mike Krzyzewski is the men's basketball coach of the Duke University team. For many years, Duke's team has found itself at the top of the college basketball circuit, and it owes a lot of that success to the wisdom, discipline, and dedication of its coach.

Coach Krzyzewski knows that one sentence, beyond any other, can inspire in his players the determination to succeed: "I believe in you." In life--whether it be academics, athleticism, or anything else--knowing that someone believes in you can make the difference between losing and winning. Coach K. knows that, and so do his players.

BEYOND BASKETBALL is broken down into numerous short "chapters," which include the following:

Adaptability, Adversity, Balance, Belief, Care, Challenges, Collective Responsibility, Commitment, Communication, Courage, Crisis Management, Culture, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Failure, Family, Friendship, Fundamentals, Giving Back, Guidance, Imagination, Integrity, Learning, Love, Motivation, Next Play, Ownership, Passion, Poise, Pressure, Pride, Respect, Selflessness, Standards, Talent, Trust, Will, and Work.

Whether you're a follower of college basketball or not, BEYOND BASKETBALL is a fitting book that deals with working hard, playing hard, and dedicating yourself to whatever goals you set for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mike Krzyzewski is the men's basketball coach of the Duke University team. For many years, Duke's team has found itself at the top of the college basketball circuit, and it owes a lot of that success to the wisdom, discipline, and dedication of its coach. Coach Krzyzewski knows that one sentence, beyond any other, can inspire in his players the determination to succeed: 'I believe in you.' In life--whether it be academics, athleticism, or anything else--knowing that someone believes in you can make the difference between losing and winning. Coach K. knows that, and so do his players. BEYOND BASKETBALL is broken down into numerous short 'chapters,' which include the following: Adaptability, Adversity, Balance, Belief, Care, Challenges, Collective Responsibility, Commitment, Communication, Courage, Crisis Management, Culture, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Failure, Family, Friendship, Fundamentals, Giving Back, Guidance, Imagination, Integrity, Learning, Love, Motivation, Next Play, Ownership, Passion, Poise, Pressure, Pride, Respect, Selflessness, Standards, Talent, Trust, Will, and Work. Whether you're a follower of college basketball or not, BEYOND BASKETBALL is a fitting book that deals with working hard, playing hard, and dedicating yourself to whatever goals you set for yourself. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for any high school or college kid. You dont have to be involved in sports to enjoy this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a simple read. It makes you realize that leadership is not something created. You learn it throughout your life but you need something to pull it out of you
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was most impressed with this book. The writing was incredible. Absolutely phenomenal. The book covers forty different words, each vital to a team's or business' success, and describes those words using vignettes from his past and present teams. The stories he tells are great for any sports fan, but the message of the book is universal to all professions. It was a fun, informative, awesome read.
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Hey sorry
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I am here
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"Sup i haven't thought about going pro. I might come back to Duke."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the all time Great coaches. My 11 year old son read this book and was amazed at all the insight this coach had to offer. Definately recommend this book to anyone, including young athletes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WRONG! Coach K also coaches the USA Dream Team in the olympic games. Love a DUKE basketball player. Watch me in the games. My name is Mason Plumlee.
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You all know that coach k is amazing but did you know that he was terrible at coaching his first year he almost got fired Duke is my favorite college I really hope to go there
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This book taught me a lot about basketball, skills, and life in general. Beyond Basketball is this great book. I¿ve never really liked reading until I picked up this book, and now I really like to read. Coach K. has an awesome view on how to look a situation.
This book contains his key words to success. He tells about his team, his life, and his family. This is my all time favorite book. If you¿re interested in basketball I¿m sure you¿ll like this book too.
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