Mike Krzyzewski and his daughter, Duke graduate Jamie Spatola, are co-writing a book about Krzyzewski’s experience with Team USA and how he led 12 of the world’s best basketball players to a gold medal, the Business Plus imprint of Grand Central Publishing announced in a release last week. Krzyzewski and Spatola, who co-wrote Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords For Success, are planning a spring release, according to this item in the NY Post and response on The Big Lead. The book will be a “case study in fundamental management techniques,” as the Post paraphrased Rick Wolff, the executive editor of Business Plus. The Duke release calls it “more than a celebratory book.”
One last note: while TBL speculates that the alleged six-figure deal was in response to the gold medal, Krzyzewski told The Chronicle back in June that Spatola, who holds a degree in English, was traveling with him to Beijing and was planning to pen a book with him about the experience. Of course, withou the gold medal, it might have quickly ended up in the bargain rack.
—by Ben Cohen