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Dec. 20, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma were each named the 2010 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year on Monday.
Krzyzewski received the award for the fourth time in the past five years after leading the U.S. to the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He also received the honor in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is the first four-time recipient of the award.
"Any time a coach is recognized for representing his or her country, it is a tremendous honor," Krzyzewski said. "USA Basketball enjoyed a terrific summer, and we were proud to do our part at the World Championship. In all of my years in coaching, there's nothing I've enjoyed more than being a part of the USA Basketball program. So, receiving this award for a fourth time is very special to me."
The gold medal in the 2010 World Championships was the first for the USA since 1994. Krzyzewski has served as the head coach of the U.S. National Team since 2006 and also led them to a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.