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Men's Basketball Congratulates Coach K

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker played under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1983-87 and was an assistant coach and later associate head coach with the Blue Devils for nine seasons (David Silverman).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard men's basketball coaching staff, which includes several Duke alumni, congratulated Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski for becoming the second winningest coach in NCAA history in a video posted on GoCrimson.com.

Krzyzewski moved past Dean Smith into second place on the men's all-time wins list, as he earned his 880th career victory with a win over UNC Greensboro Dec. 29.

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, who played under Krzyzewski at Duke from 1983-87, was a four-year starter with the Blue Devils and earned All-America honors as a senior. He later served as an assistant coach with Duke, helping the team win two national championships (1991, 1992), before becoming associate head coach with the Blue Devils.

Assistant coach Kenny Blakeney graduated from Duke in 1995 and was a key member of Duke's 1992 team which won the NCAA title. Blakeney was also Duke's captain during the 1994-95 campaign. Assistant coach Brian DeStefano served as a graduate assistant and four-year team manager at Duke before graduating from the university in 2005. Kirsten Green, Harvard's director of basketball operations, graduated from Duke in 1996 and was also a four-year manager with the Blue Devils, serving as head manager in 1997.