Meet Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski's wife Mickie and their kids

Joshua Rogers March 24, 2022
Meet Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski's wife Mickie and their kids
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Mike Krzyzewski, aka Coach K, is retiring and fans want to know all about his personal life before he bows out as basketball coach at Duke. So, who is Coach K’s wife and family?

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski recently coached his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It marked the last leg of Coach K’s regular-season farewell tour before the NCAA Tournament started earlier this month.

The No.2 Duke Blue Devils are into the Final Four where they take on fierce rivals No.8 UNC. In the Elite Eight round they beat No.3 Texas Tech improving to 31-6 overall this season. 

Who is Mike Krzyzewski’s wife, Mickie?

Mike Krzyzewski’s wife is Carol March, otherwise known as Mickie Krzyzewski, who he has been married to since 1969. Not much is known about her personal life but here’s what we were able to find.

The couple married at West Point, New York, on the day of his graduation at a small Catholic chapel. On their 35th wedding anniversary in 2004, the couple renewed their vows at Duke Chapel.

She was born on 26 September 1946 in Alexandria, Virginia, and was an airline stewardess when the two met on a flight. They have been together since.

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Mike Krzyzewski’s personal life

Mike Krzyzewski is well known as one of, if not the best college coach in basketball history. He was born on 13 February 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from United States Military Academy, where he played basketball.

His affinity for basketball meant that once he was discharged from the military, he joined Indiana Hoosiers in the mid-1970s as an assistant. In 1980 he joined Duke University in North Carolina, where he was named head coach.

In 2015 he became the first coach in history to win 1,000 NCAA division basketball games. On 2 June 2021, after more than 40 years as coach, he announced he would retire at the end of the 2021-22 season. He will be succeeded by Jon Scheyer.

Krzyzewski’s net worth has been estimated at about $45 million. He is the “second highest-paid coach in college basketball behind Kentucky’s John Calipari”, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

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Meet Coach K’s family

The couple have three daughters – Debbie Savarino, Lindy Frasher and Jamie Spatola. They have nine grandchildren in total.

Debbie works on Duke’s faculty as assistant director of athletics. Lindy works as a staff counsellor at Duke and works with the basketball team. Jamie graduated from Duke University in English and is an author. In 2006 she published a book with her father entitled Beyond Basketball.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.