COLORADO SPRINGS (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Mike Krzyzewski established his credentials as one of the all-time great coaches in the American college system many years ago with Duke University.
Still leading the Blue Devils, Krzyzewski is now regarded as one of the great United States national team coaches.
The 65-year-old guided the USA to a third straight gold medal in a major international competition earlier this month at the London Games.
After capturing bronze in his first summer with the national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, Coach K has steered the Americans to gold at the Beijing Olympics (2008), 2010 FIBA World Championship and this year's Summer Games in Britain.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, who then served in the Army from 1969 to 1974 before finding fame as a coach, Krzyzewski has been an ideal fit for the national team.
Will USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo, who made Krzyzewski the national team coach several years ago, be able to keep Krzyzewski in charge through the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in two years?
In the aftermath of the USA's late win, Krzyzewski seemed to leave the door open.
"The thing I would want to do with Jerry, and we will do, is after every competition you take some time to evaluate everything," Krzyzewski said.
"In the military, we call it an after action report. And we have done that all the time.
"What we did, what we could have changed. How we could have gotten better and in moving forward what is the next step in moving forward.
"That is kind of how we have done it for the last seven years.
“And I would like to continue to do it that way."
Krzyzewski has bonded with Colangelo, and his players.
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant jumped straight to the NBA instead of playing college basketball, yet they have had wonderful experiences under a legendary college coach.
Chris Paul admitted in an interview with FIBA.com shortly before the Olympics that when he played for Wake Forest, he was an intense opponent for ACC rival Coach K at Duke.
Krzyzewski doesn’t coach against any of his national team players, though, since he is not in the NBA and that may help with team harmony.
"The fact that I never compete against them, we have our own relationships and same thing with Jerry - it's one of those underlying really good things," Krzyzewski said.
Whatever happens, Colangelo knows that he did the right thing by handing the reins to Krzyzewski several years ago.
"He’s welcomed to do whatever he wishes to do," Colangelo said.
"I told him I want him alongside me going forward one way or another.
"We’ve bonded in a huge way over these last years, and we share a lot of things in common.
"We both come from ethnic backgrounds, Chicago; have a feel of coming from literally nothing and accomplishing and achieving a lot of things; and we are both appreciative, respect everything we’ve been able to do in our lifetimes.
"And we just kind of hit it off extremely well. I’m sure that will never change."