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Duke’s Coach K, Queens’ Coach K presented Lapchick Award

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NEW YORK (AP) — Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and women’s college basketball trailblazer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award.

They were honored Friday at a luncheon in New York celebrating the life of Joe Lapchick, a Hall of Fame coach with St. John’s and the New York Knicks, who was known for his compassion and integrity off the court.

Duke capped last season with Krzyzewski’s fifth national championship — second only to John Wooden’s 10 titles at UCLA. He’s the only men’s Division I coach with 1,000 victories.

Krzyzewski, who coached the U.S. Olympic team to two Olympic gold medals, will return again at the Rio Games.

Kyvallos coached at Queens College from 1968-79 and 1980-81, compiling a record of 239-77. She led Queens to the 1973 AIAW national championship game, losing to Immaculata College.

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