November 17, 2011
Pete Gaudet - India's Women's Coach & former Duke assistant - congrats Coach K
Experienced American basketball coach Pete Gaudet was hired as the head coach of the Indian Senior Women's team earlier this year. Gaudet, who has over 30 years of experience of coaching at the American collegiate level, spent over a decade working with as an assistant coach with the legendary Mike Krzyzewski - 'Coach K' - at the United States Military Academy (Army) and then at Duke University.
Still at the helm of Duke, Coach K made NCAA Division I history when Duke defeated
Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday, becoming the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with his 903rd victory with Duke.
On Coach K, Gaudet said, "I was fortunate to coach on Mike's staff for his five years at the United States Military Academy and for eleven years at Duke University. The commitment to excellence, work ethic and drive to have each of his teams continually strive to reach their potential has become the identity for recent decades of Duke basketball."
"The record of wins for 'Coach K' reflects the high caliber of players who have developed physically and matured mentally as they strive for Championships each season."
Gaudet began his coaching career as an assistant to Krzyzewski at Army. When Krzyzewski left for Duke in 1980, Gaudet was named his successor as head coach. After leaving the Army program in 1982, Gaudet rejoined Krzyzewski as an assistant coach at Duke from 1983-1995. When Krzyzewski took a leave of absence in early 1995 because of back problems, Gaudet was also briefly promoted to interim head coach of Duke that season. Gaudet worked with Vanderbilt and Ohio State University before accepting the job with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to coach the Indian Women's side.
In the past few months, Gaudet has led the Indian side to the William Jones Championship in Chinese Taipei, the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Japan, and the South Asian Beach Games in Sri Lanka. He also been the head coach of India's U18 Girls team at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Italy.