Lefty was a trip to say the least.
As far as we know, no one has ever asked Lefty Driesell if he’s part of the Brotherhood, but it might be a good idea since he’s a Duke grad.
Driesell played at Duke from 1951-1954. When he graduated, Mike Krzyzewski was just seven.
He went on to coach at Davidson, turning that tiny school into a Top Ten program before moving on to Maryland in 1970 and turning that program into a monster.
His boisterous nature got the best of him at times, notably when he promised to make Maryland “the UCLA of the East,” a promise he couldn’t keep or escape.
That doesn’t take away from his accomplishments. He is one of the greatest coaches in ACC history and a huge influence on the game.
His 90th birthday was Christmas Day so it seems like a good time to talk about the Lefthander.
Here’s a documentary about his career. Check out what Terry Holland says which is deeply funny.
Also, here’s his Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech which is pretty hilarious. One of his presenters?