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Duke's Krzyzewski to retire, will coach his last season in 2021-22, source says

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  • Duke Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach his final season with the Blue Devils in 2021-22, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
  • The person said former Duke player and associate head coach Jon Scheyer would then take over as Krzyzewski's successor for the 2022-23 season.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with teammates after his 1000th career win after the game against the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2015 in New York City.
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Duke Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach his final season with the Blue Devils in 2021-22, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person said former Duke player and associate head coach Jon Scheyer would then take over as Krzyzewski's successor for the 2022-23 season.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school hasn't commented publicly on the decision. An announcement is expected later Wednesday.

Stadium first reported news of Krzyzewski's final season with Duke, which he has led to five national championships, most recently in 2015. With 1,170 victories, he is the winningest coach in men's college basketball history, with 1,097 of them coming during his 41 years with the Blue Devils.

Duke missed the NCAA Tournament this past season for the first time since 1995, but the Blue Devils welcome one of the nation's top recruiting classes for the coming season.

Scheyer played for Krzyzewski from 2006-10, with his last season resulting in his mentor's fourth NCAA title. Scheyer joined the Duke staff for the 2013-14 season and rose to his current role following the 2017-18 season.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils watches "One Shining Moment" with his players Tyus Jones #5, Amile Jefferson, Grayson Allen and Justise Winslow after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Scheyer served as interim coach last year for Duke when Krzyzewski was sidelined for a January win against Boston College due to Covid-19 protocols. Scheyer has never been a college head coach.

The news comes almost two months to the day that another Hall of Famer in the state — North Carolina's Roy Williams — announced his retirement after 33 seasons as a head coach with Kansas and the Tar Heels. UNC also turned to a former player on the bench, elevating Hubert Davis to take over in his first time as a major college head coach.