ESPN and ESPNU will provide a unique 90-minute program showcasing a candid and in-depth discussion with two of the most distinguished and legendary coaches in sports Thursday, June 30. Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski will feature Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on one stage offering insight to the lessons they have learned throughout their lives and passed on to others. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and continue at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
Hosted by ESPN college football and basketball studio and game host Rece Davis, the show will explore topics such as coaching, ethics, integrity, friendship, legacy, pressures and issues associated with intercollegiate athletics, working with student-athletes, and more. Also, the special will examine each coach’s roots and the importance of family throughout their lives.
“These leaders have achieved an extraordinary level of success, but their biggest accomplishments are the lessons they have learned along the way and the passion they have for sharing those lessons with others,” said Dan Steir, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Difference Makers will reveal the essence of both men and what motivates them to continue to impact those around them.”
ESPN will shoot Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski on Monday, June 20 in front of an invite-only audience at the Eisenhower Auditorium on the campus of Penn State. Penn State is distributing tickets to the event.
In addition to Paterno and Krzyzewski, the show will include thoughts from guests who have had personal experiences with each coach. Matt Millen and Michael Robinson, who played for Coach Paterno, and Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, who played for Coach Krzyzewski, are scheduled to appear.
The program will include the multiple-topic discussion with several questions from the audience at Penn State during the first hour on ESPN and audience member questions for the entire final 30 minutes on ESPNU.
Coach Paterno said, “I’m looking forward to working with Mike Krzyzewski and participating with students from Penn State and Duke, hopefully we can create something meaningful for others.”
Coach Krzyzewski added, “Certainly, I am humbled to share the stage with one of the greatest coaches of all-time in any sport and at any level. I have ultimate respect for Coach Paterno and everything he’s accomplished at Penn State. Beyond all the victories and accolades, he is a great leader and teacher. I look forward to spending time with him, and learning from him, at such a special event that involves students from both campuses.”
Davis said, “I’m looking forward to the rare chance to have two of the most influential figures in sports share life lessons. The impact that Coach Paterno and Coach K have had on their players outside the competitive arena will be a major part of their legacies. I look forward to hearing how they have adapted to the times in terms of motivation, leadership and team-building. I’m honored to be part of what I’m certain will be a thought-provoking and entertaining discussion between two guys who define class, winning and integrity.”