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After leaving the Army program in 1982, Gaudet rejoined his former boss at Duke, serving as Krzyzewski's top assistant from 1982 to 1995. During this time, Gaudet worked alongside current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. He helped lead Duke to two NCAA men's championships and seven Final Four appearances. An expert in player development, Gaudet coached eight All-Americans, three National Players of the Year and 12 NBA draft picks.
When Krzyzewski took a leave of absence in early 1995 due to a serious back injury, Gaudet was promoted to interim head coach. He inherited a team that had started 9–3, but the team struggled to an eventual record of 13–18 overall and 2–14 in the ACC—still the most losses in school history. Despite his interim status, Duke credited the 19 games Gaudet coached to him rather than to Krzyzewski, though Gaudet expresses no regrets or bitterness concerning this.
In the midst of a landmark class action lawsuit against the NCAA, Gaudet did not return to the Blue Devils' bench for the 1995–1996 season.
Head coaching record
|Army Black Knights (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1980–1982)|
|Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1995–1995)|
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