June 16, 2024

Duke, Scheyer Agree to New Six-Year Contract

DURHAM – Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King announced Saturday that head men’s basketball coach Jon Scheyer has agreed to a new six-year contract through the 2028-29 season.

The 2010 Duke graduate, who signed an initial five-year contract when he was named head coach, enters his second year as the head coach of his alma mater in 2023-24.

Duke's Nina King is comfortable as a trailblazer at one of the country's  iconic programs — Andscape

Jon Scheyer has seamlessly continued the championship culture in Duke Basketball with his relentless energy, passion and attention to detail,” said King. “He and his staff hold their team to the highest standard. The entire Duke community and our fans should be proud of what these young men have accomplished on and off the court with Jon as their head coach. Our program is in tremendous hands well into the future and I could not be more excited to have Jon lead the way.”

Scheyer’s historic first season in 2022-23 resulted in an ACC Tournament title, a 27-9 overall record and a perfect 16-0 mark at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He became the first coach in the ACC’s storied history to post an undefeated home record in a debut season and the first to lead a team to an ACC title as both a player (in 2009 and 2010) and as a head coach (in 2023).

“I offer my sincere thanks to Nina King and Vincent Price for their unwavering trust and confidence in me and our incredible coaching staff and student-athletes,” said Scheyer. “The support from them, from the entire Duke community and from our great fans all around the world has been awesome. Duke is my home and it’s an honor to lead the program that has meant so much to me and my family. I’m excited about our team this season and we’re looking forward to getting started.”

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Just the fourth major conference coach all-time to win 27 or more games at age 50 or younger in a debut season, Scheyer is the first to do so at 35 or younger. In Division I history, only seven other coaches younger than 35 years old won more games in their debut season.

Playing its best basketball as the season progressed, Scheyer’s first squad carried a nine-game winning streak into the program’s 45th NCAA Tournament, the fourth longest winning streak entering the NCAA Tournament in Duke history. The Blue Devils stretched the winning streak to 10 with a dominant first-round win.

Overcoming a season plagued by injuries and with one of the nation’s youngest teams that returned just one starter from the 2022 Final Four run, Scheyer’s squad was 19-1 with its full roster available. With an emphasis on defense and rebounding, the Blue Devils ranked top-20 in nearly every rebounding statistic and were top 30 defensively.

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In his 14 seasons as player and coach at Duke, Scheyer has been part of two National Championships (2010, 2015), three Final Fours (2010, 2015, 2022), five ACC Tournament crowns (2009, 2010, 2017, 2019, 2023), while averaging 27.6 wins per season with a winning percentage of .780 (387-109).

When Duke opens the 2023-24 season at home versus Dartmouth on Monday, Nov. 6, the Blue Devils, who are ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason poll, welcome back nearly 80 percent of the team’s scoring from last season, including ACC Freshman of the Year Kyle Filipowski and the starting backcourt tandem of senior Jeremy Roach and sophomore Tyrese Proctor.

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