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Leadership Analysis Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight are undeniably the most successful coaches to ever emerge from the player-coach lineage that is so often seen in college basketball. Other programs have attempted to mirror this transition when a less-skilled player graduates college and then directly becomes an assistant under his former coach before taking a different head-coaching job a few years later. Basketball fans have seen it time and time again with long coaching circles surrounding Tom Izzo at Michigan State University, Rick Pitino when he was at the University of Kentucky and Gene Keady from Purdue University, but no two coaches from the same lineage have come close to duplicating the success of Krzyzewski and Knight. These two coaches have had great careers and share some very similar traits, but the pupil has grabbed certain traits from his mentor while leaving some behind. This is a good reason why he is currently on top of the coaching profession. Most Americans know Robert Montgomery Knight as a man with an outrageous temper that cannot be controlled. While he certainly has flaws that any normal citizen may exhibit, he is different because they are put on a national stage. Some people ignore his successes because of his outlandish behavior as a coach and broadcaster, but they should not forget that he single-handedly rebuilt the Indiana University basketball program into one of the nation's most dominant. Knight brilliantly utilized the state's passion for basketball and he did a great job keeping in-state talent in Bloomington instead of allowing them to escape to better programs, which is the only way to win consistently in college. It could be argued quite feasibly that if he could have controlled
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his behavior then he would have crossed the one thousand win plateau instead of retiring with only 902. Knight won national championships at Indiana in 1976, 1979, 1981 and 1987, but his best accomplishment may have been bringing a Polish young man from Chicago to the military academy at West Point in New York. Despite a funny last name that was unpronounceable to most Americans and probably gave New York City beatwriters migraines, Mike Krzyzewski emerged from a poor family as a talented basketball player with a good head on his shoulders. Krzyzewski rejected a scholarship offer and then reconsidered before heading to West Point because "not only would he get a solid education, but he would also get it for free." (Snook et al 2005) Coming from an impoverished family made possibly the greatest college basketball coach in history form a relationship with Coach Knight, and their values matched. They bonded quickly behind their mutual ideals and the friendship grew from the competition while at West Point until Krzyzewski graduated and became an officer in the Army. (Snook et al 2005) After five years of service, Krzyzewski withdrew from the service to become an assistant of Knight's at Indiana. From that point on, Krzyzewski began his journey to being known
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course KIN 356 taught by Professor Warner during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas.

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