Stevens was born in 1976, when Krzyzewski was starting his second season at Army, walking in the massive footprint of Bobby Knight. He was 4 when Krzyzewski accepted the major challenge of re-establishing the once-proud Duke program. And he was an ardent fan of 15 living in Indiana in 1991 when Krzyzewski brought Duke to Indianapolis to win the school’s first national championship in a major upset against UNLV.
“Just like everybody else, I enjoyed rooting for the underdog,” Stevens said. “I think that was coach Krzyzewski’s first championship that year. What a remarkable run. I remember that.”