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Celebrate Coach K’s 72nd Birthday

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Long-time Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was born Feb. 13, 1947.

The legendary coach turns 72 years old Wednesday, but still doesn’t look a day over 42. During his nearly four decades as head coach of the Blue Devils, Coach K has collected five national championship rings (including one over David Hookstead’s beloved Wisconsin Badgers) and coached in a cool 12 final fours. (RELATED: WATCH: Zion Williamson Throws Down Incredible Dunk)

Before he was a basketball legend, Coach K served our country as an officer in the Army from 1960-1974. He also played at Army from 1966-1969 under then head coach Bobby Knight, a basketball legend in his own right.

Coach K then went on to coach at Army from 1975-1980, before being hired at Duke. His first three years at Duke were mired with struggles, as he never made the NCAA tournament and had two losing seasons during that time. However, Coach K persevered and is now considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, along with UCLA legend John Wooden.

Coach K is one of the greatest coaches in sports history and college basketball won’t be the same when he decides to hang it up. Thankfully, that appears to be a long way away.

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