by Mike Potter
Joanne P. McCallie has definitely decided to stick around a while as Duke women’s basketball coach.
“Joanne has won an ACC Championship and her teams have performed at a consistently high level,” White said in a statement issued by the school. “Given the tremendous recruiting success Joanne and her staff have enjoyed, the excitement for Duke women’s basketball is at an all-time high. Joanne is one of the bright stars at the university, and under her outstanding leadership, Duke is positioned to be one of the elite programs in the country.”
In three seasons at Duke, McCallie has guided the Blue Devils to an 82-22 overall record and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight finish in 2009-10. Including her previous stints at Michigan State and Maine, McCallie has directed teams to championships in four conferences and been named coach of the year in all four.
“Duke is an incredible place and this is an amazing time to be in Durham,” said McCallie (398-170 in her career.) “To receive that extension, to give us the opportunity to continue to pursue championships here at the highest level and to coach an amazing group of women means so much to all of us. We are excited to move forward and do a whole lot more.”
Duke, which went 30-6 last season, will have its first public appearance this season in the Blue-White game on Oct. 24 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.