Mike Krzyzewski, whose birth name is Michael William Krzyzewski, has been a longtime head coach of Duke University’s Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team.
He has achieved several things in his tenure with the Duke Blue Devils, including five national titles, 15 ACC tournament championships, 13 Final Fours, and 13 ACC regular-season titles. He started coaching the team in 1980 after a three-year playing career with the Army Black Knights.
In addition, he is the former head coach of the United States national team and has led them to three gold medals at the Olympics [in 2008, 2012, and 2016], two gold medals at the FIBA World Cup [in 2010 and 2014], a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
Krzyzewski’s accolades as a coach go on and on. However, his reign as one of the most successful coaches is coming to an end. On June 3, 2021, he had announced he would retire after the end of the 2021-22 season.
One of the biggest reasons behind his retirement is that he would like to spend more time with his family. Krzyzewski told The Sporting News that he and his wife had thought about it for a long time, but they had never reached this level of seriousness.
Who is Mike Krzyzewski married to?
Krzyzewski has been in a long-term marital relationship with his wife Carol Marsh, who also goes by the name of Mickie Krzyzewski. She was born on September 26, 1946, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.
As of this writing, the happily married couple has been married for more than 52 years. As per reports, the couple first met each other while on a flight. The basketball coach was traveling somewhere, and his future wife was working as an airline stewardess.
A picture of young Mike Krzyzewski and his wife Mickie Krzyzewski (Photo: CoachK)
They caught up sometime soon and eventually started dating. After a brief time of togetherness, Krzyzewski and Marsh decided to share the wedding vows.
In 1969, Krzyzewski tied the knots with Marsh on the day of his graduation. Their wedding took place at West Point, New York, at a small Catholic chapel. The married couple went on to renew their wedding vows at Duke Chapel on their 35th wedding anniversary in 2004.
Since their marriage, the two have always been together and held each other’s hands in every circumstance. Marsh has also been very supportive of her husband’s basketball career, either as a player or as a coach.
Additionally, she is very caring, so much so that she ended up giving an ultimatum to her partner. As per The Wall Street Journal, Marsh was the only person who persuaded Krzyzewski to stand down during the 1994-95 season.
Mike Krzyzewski with his wife Mickie Krzyzewski (Photo: Getty Images)
At the time, he was suffering from a ruptured disk. To make her husband do so, she gave him an ultimatum — if “he wanted to come home on what would prove to be his final day of coaching that season, he needed to skip practice and go to the doctor.”
Besides the said details, there is little to no information on the couple’s marital relationship. They always keep everything between the family and remain low-key about their togetherness.
Mike Krzyzewski and his wife share three kids
From his marital relationship with Marsh, Krzyzewski is a father to three kids, who are all daughters. They are named Debbie Savarino, Lindy Frasher, and Jamie Spatola.
All of his daughters are well settled now – professionally and personally. His eldest daughter Debbie has been serving as an Assistant Director of Athletics/Special Events/Director of the Legacy Fund at Duke’s faculty.
Mike Krzyzewski with his wife Mickie Krzyzewski and their three daughters (Photo: Coach K)
On a personal level, she has been married to her husband Peter, with whom she shares four children: Joey, Michael, Carly, and Emmie.
Mike’s middle-daughter Lindy works as a Staff Counselor with the Duke basketball team. She is married to her husband, Steve. They have three children named Quin, Remington, and Caden. They reside in Durham.
The basketball coach’s youngest daughter Jamie is a graduate of Duke University. She had published a book alongside her father in 2006 titled Beyond Basketball. Besides being an author, she reportedly works as an executive assistant to Cameron University’s president.
Mike Krzyzewski with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren at his retirement press conference (Photo: Coach K)
She has been married to her high school sweetheart Chris Spatola. They tied the knots in June 2004 and are parents to three children named John David Spatola, Mackenzie Spatola, and Madeline Spatola.
After Krzyzewski’s retirement as a coach, he will have a lovable wife, three daughters, sons-in-law, and ten grandchildren by his side to spend the rest of his life. He had reflected the same thing while stating the reason behind his retirement to The Sporting News.
He stated that he and his wife have been married for 52 years, and they have three daughters and ten grandchildren, who are all here and have made many sacrifices. “My family would be all for me, whatever I would do,” he concluded.