Coach K, Legendary Duke Basketball Coach, to be 20th Speaker in Annual Speaker Series April 29, 2010

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carmen Hansen, Event Coordinator, 605-343-3141

What: John T. Vucurevich Foundation Annual Speaker Series "An Evening with Coach Mike Krzyzewski,"
      Legendary Duke Basketball Coach

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:30 P.M.
WHERE: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre, Rapid City, SD
HOW MUCH: Tickets: $7.00 adults, $3.00 students

Coach K, Legendary Duke Basketball Coach, to be 20th
Speaker in Annual Speaker Series April 29, 2010

Rapid City, SD – The John T. Vucurevich Foundation will host "An Evening with Coach Mike Krzyzewski," Duke Basketball Coach, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 7:30 P.M. Coach K will be the 20th speaker in the series.

Currently in his 29th year as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils, Basketball Hall of
Famer Mike Krzyzewski has made a career of motivating people both on and off the court.
Affectionately known as "Coach K," Krzyzewski coached the 2008 U.S. men's national team to its first gold medal since the 2000 Summer Olympics. Known as the "Redeem Team" for its success both on and off the court, the team had a perfect 8–0 record during the Olympics and solidified U.S. basketball's return to dominance under Coach K's leadership. He will direct Team USA in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and the 2012 Olympics in London.

During his tenure at Duke, Coach K has led his team to 3 NCAA Championships, 10 Final Fours and 10 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. Currently the all-time winningest active coach in men's Division I basketball, Coach K has amassed an NCAA record 69 tournament victories while averaging more than 25 wins per season. During the 2007–08 season, Coach K led his team to a 28–6 record and its 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to coaching at Duke, Coach K spent five years building the men's basketball program at his alma mater, West Point. Overall, Coach K has an 814–168 career record and a 741–209 record at Duke. On November 17, 2000, he earned his 500th win at Duke with a triumph over Villanova. That night, the fabled floor of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium was dedicated as Coach K Court.

In all, Coach K has been named National Coach of the Year 12 times in 8 different seasons. He was named Coach of the Decade for the 1990s by the NABC and was the second recipient of the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. In 2001, Coach K was one of three members inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with the presentation made by his college coach Bob Knight.

Krzyzewski received another prestigious honor in 2001, being named "America's Best Coach"—all coaches, any sport, any level of play—by Time magazine and CNN.

Krzyzewski's book, Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success, was published in 2006. His most recent book, The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team, was co-authored with his youngest daughter, Jamie Spatola, and was released in 2009. In 2009, Sporting News named Krzyzewski one of the 50 greatest coaches of all time.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations committed to helping the poor, distressed, under privileged, the advancement of the arts, education & science, and promotion of social welfare in South Dakota with preference given to the West River area and in particular the Black Hills region.

In addition to the Foundation's philanthropic work, its founder, John Vucurevich, enjoyed bringing foreign dignitaries and others with diverse view points on a multitude of topics to Rapid City. Thus began, "An Evening With..." speaker series in 1993, providing an educational opportunity for the general public. Ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost of this event, the remaining cost is paid for by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.

Ticket cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, and can be purchased at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office at 1-800-GOT-MINE, 605-394-4111, the Silverado in Deadwood or Tickets go on sale March 15, 2010 and are limited to 10 tickets per transaction. All seating will be reserved. Cameras, recording and video equipment will be prohibited the night of the performance.

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