Mike Krzyzewski Wife, Daughters, Parents, Ethnicity
Legendary college basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, has had a great run during his tenure. He has won five NCAA basketball titles in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015 as a coach for Duke Blue Devils.
Undoubtedly, he is the highest-paid coach in college basketball with a whopping annual salary of $7.04 million.
Further, Mike has secured three Olympic gold as a coach for the US Men’s Olympic Basketball team. One in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, the second one in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the United Kingdom, and the last one in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
With such talent, he also became the first Division One basketball coach to win 1,000 games, a mark which he achieved on 25th January 2015 and resides in the top with 1,132 wins as of 2019.
Mike Krzyzewski's Family Life With Wife, Daughters
Coach K seems like a guy who never makes any mistakes. Well, not so, the first time the Coach took his wife, Carol ‘Mickie’ Marsh, to a formal date, he pissed her off big time.
It was a Chicago Bears exhibition game, and after he picked Carol, a pretty flight attendant, Coach K told her that she was his third choice.
No wonder Carol made sure it never happened again, and the couple tied their knot on the day of Coach K's graduation in 1969. Mike and Carol have three daughters and nine grandchildren. The duo celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in June 2004, in Duke Chapel, where they renewed their wedding vows.
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The couple's three daughters: Debbie Savarino, Lindy Frasher, and Jamie Spatola, are proof of their blossoming relationship.
Mike and Mickey are parents to their oldest Debbie Savarino, middle-child Lindy Frasher, and youngest daughter Jamie Spatola.
Mike Krzyzewski with his wife Carol “Mickie” Krzyzewski (in the middle) and daughters in 2016 (Photo: Heavy.com)
The oldest among the three, Debbie joined the Duke staff in 2002. She became Assistant Director of Athletics for Special events and Director of the Legacy Fund for Duke in 2015. Debbie is married to Peter Savarino and has four children named Joey, Michael, Carly, and Emmie. Michael is set to become a walk-on player for the 2019-20 season.
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Mike's middle child, Lindy, is also working for the Duke Basketball team. She is married to Steve (full name) and has three sons, viz. Quin, Remington, and Caden.
The youngest of the siblings, Jamie, majored in English from Duke University and is married to Chris Spatola, a U.S. Army Captain. Jamie's husband, Chris Spatola, is the Blue Devil’s director of basketball operations.
She even co-authored two books with her star father. Jamie commented on 2017 about her father as:
“Without question, my dad is very intense on the surface. You see him yelling at a ref or in a huddle with his team in an intense moment and he’s red in the face and angry. And that is the exterior. That is who he is. It’s an accurate portrayal. But that surface is very thin. And if people made any effort to get to know him beyond what they saw on TV, if they had a 2-minute conversation with him, they’d see that humorous side of him, his fun-loving side.
Jamie is a mother to two children: a son and a daughter and lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina.
Parents And Ethnicity
Mike was born on 13 February 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Polish American Catholic parents: Emily M. (ne’e Pituch) and William Krzyzewski.
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His mother was a longtime resident of Ukrainian Village, and his father, William, was the captain of the Chicago Fire Department. Raised as Catholic, Coach K follows the Catholic religion.