WP Society Leadership Series with Coach K and Jamie Spatola: The Gold Standard, Building a World-Class Team Air Force Sign-Up

Lunch Buffet (includes breverage, gratuity, and taxes)

$40/ person for Alumni with ACTIVE memberships to their individual Alumni Associations or Guest
$50/ person for Alumni with NON-ACTIVE memberships.
        *Contact your individual club's membership coordinator if you have questions*


The Gold Standard, Building a World-Class Team
Guest Speaker

Coach Mike Krzyzewski USMA69 and Jamie Spatola 


Coach Mike Krzyzewski with his daughter Jamie Spatola will discuss their new book and the leadership lessons learned throughout the 3 years Coach K coached the 2008 USA Men's Olympic Basketball Team and Gold metalist. 

Krzyzewski's new book, "The Gold Standard, Building a World-Class Team," details much of what he did as the first coach of the U.S. national team program, culminating in the Americans' victory over Spain to win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.

"In the military, you'd say you write an after action report, so the commander after you would know what it's like," Krzyzewski said Tuesday. "Well, the book serves as an example for what we did over a three-year period and the reasoning behind it. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do a book."

Krzyzewski wrote the book with his daughter, Jamie Spatola.

Krzyzewski writes of the various ways he developed relationships with some of basketball's biggest superstars. He recalled a visit to LeBron James in 2007 in Cleveland at an event with James' sponsors, and a phone call with the then-injured Dwyane Wade early the next year, when he told the Miami Heat guard he believed in him and knew he would make it back from his knee surgery.

Krzyzewski encouraged or even asked some players to speak at meetings, so they could hear multiple voices and some could assume leadership positions. And activities such as visits to U.S. military bases and a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty further strengthened the team's bond -- Krzyzewski called them friends.

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