DURHAM– Duke University‘s Department of Athletics has released its 2021-22 Annual Report, which details the storylines, moments and accomplishments of another standout year for the Blue Devils.
Check out some of the highlights below:
• Duke men’s basketball team retired head coach Mike Krzyzewski in style as the Blue Devils won the ACC regular season title and reached the Final Four in New Orleans for the 17th time in program history, including a record 13th time under management from coach K. Jon Scheyerhired as Krzyzewski’s successor last June, hosts the country’s No. 1 incoming class for its inaugural season in 2022-23.
• The ACC men’s basketball regular season crown was one of five team championships won by the Blue Devils in the 2021-22 college year. Men’s soccer was co-champion in the regular season and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Women’s indoor track won a share of the ACC title, while women’s tennis won the ACC crown. Softball hosted an NCAA regional tournament for the first time in program history and defeated Georgia to win the Durham Regional, qualifying for the Super Regionals.
• Mike Elko was named Duke’s 22nd head football coach on Dec. 10, 2021. Elko came to Durham after serving as defensive coordinator and safety coach at Texas A&M for the previous four seasons. In his 23 years of coaching, Elko spent 18 as a defensive coordinator and was twice named a semi-finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which is given annually to college football’s top assistant coach.
• Duke posted a 99% graduation success rate (GSR) to lead all institutions in the power conference and tied seven other schools for the overall national lead. The GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen in 2011-2014 and allows for the removal of those in the cohort who left Duke with good academic standing. Among power conference schools, GSR’s top five included Duke (99), Northwestern (98), Notre Dame (97), Vanderbilt (97), Minnesota (96), South Carolina (96), Stanford (96 ) and Wake Forest (96). A total of 19 Duke teams achieved 100% GSR for the 2011-2014 period: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country/Athletics, Women’s Cross Country/Athletics, Men’s Fencing, Women’s Fencing, Hockey grass. , men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball. Duke’s remaining programs each achieved a GSR of 94% or better – football (96), men’s lacrosse (96) and wrestling (94).
• On another record-breaking NBA draft night for men’s basketball, the program had five players selected, led by the No. 1 overall pick. Paolo Banchero at the Orlando Magic. Banchero became the fifth Blue Devil to be drafted No. 1 overall — no other college program has more than three all-time. The record five-rookie program also included Mark Williams, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore Jr.and Trevor Bowling.
• Thirteen Duke varsity athletic programs scored a perfect 1000 in the most recent multi-year (2016-21) data from the NCAA’s Academic Progress Report (APR). In total, Duke totaled the highest APR score among ACC institutions in 14 of the league’s sports – men’s cross country (1,000), men’s golf (1,000), men’s lacrosse (1,000), men’s football ( 1000), men’s tennis (1000), men’s track and field (1000), women’s cross country (1000), women’s fencing (1000), women’s golf (1000), women’s soccer (1000), women’s swimming and diving (1000), track and field women’s (1000), volleyball (1000) and baseball (997).
• Former Duke student-athletes Jessica Butter, Tara Dalton and madison heath received the Obremskey and CT Moorman II Fellowships from the Bassett Society. The three Blue Devils, who were also honored in Duke’s home football game against Pittsburgh, are currently pursuing graduate studies in medicine.
• Duke garnered a league record 632 student-athletes on the 66th annual ACC Honor Roll released by the league office this summer. The Blue Devils have led the conference in ACC Honor Roll selections for 34 of the past 35 years. More than 80% of student-athletes enrolled at Duke were named to the honor roll as the Blue Devils led all schools with their conference record of 632 student-athletes on the honor roll. Notre Dame placed 522 on the list, followed by Virginia (465), Boston College (436), North Carolina (421) and Louisville (417) with more than 400 recognized student-athletes each.
• Duke Tess Boad (women’s football), Josh Finesilver (struggle), Cooper Stinson (baseball) and Gina Kim (women’s golf) each received ACC graduate scholarships. Boade, Finesilver and Stinson received the Weaver-James-Corrigan-Swofford Graduate Scholarship, while Kim won the Thacker Award as she pursues a career on the LPGA Tour.
• The Duke men’s soccer team as well as Anna Callahan (women’s lacrosse), Piper Hamsch (Field hockey), Anthony Hinton (Soccer), Alexis-Joseph (women’s lacrosse) and Morgan Linley (rowing) were honored with an ACC Top Six for Service Award for their dedication to community service and outreach programs.
• Five Blue Devils have been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans — Catriona Barry (women’s lacrosse), Chloe Beck (women’s tennis), Delaney Graham (women’s football), Jackson Hubbard (soccer) and Jameson Kavel (soft ball).
• Duke Softball Jameson Kavel had a banner season on the diamond in 2022. The grad concluded her college career with one of the strongest offensive seasons in program history en route to earning third-team NFCA All-Star recognition. America. Her accolades extended to the classroom, winning the ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team.
DUC IN FIGURES IN 2021-22
9 Main ACC Awards
48 All America Awards
3 ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year
19 Teams achieved 100% GSR
101 All ACC Rewards
41 NCAA Individual Qualifiers
16 Blue Devils drafted by professional organizations
9 ACC Grand Prize Winners
5 CoSIDA Academic All-Americas
18 Individual ACC titles
13 Teams achieved a score of 1000 in annual APR