Duke coach Joanne McCallie resigns

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball Joanne P. McCallie has resigned. Her decision is immediate.

She made the decision to her team on Thursday, before the school made the announcement. The 54-year-old had been at the school since 2007.

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McCallie replaced Gail Goestenkors, who had left for the University of Texas, before the Monterey, California native arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year was seeking a contract extension before she resigned.

“As a coach in the final year of my contract, uncertainty is natural and it takes away from confidence and fun,” McCallie said. “I am pretty sure there is a level of uncertainty amongst the Duke family. I want to bring clarity with great pride for all.”

As the Blue Devils head coach, she went 330-107 for a .755 winning percentage. She also went 150-56 within conference play.

This past season, she guided the team to an 18-12 mark, including a 12-6 conference record. Due to the coronavirus, postseason play was cancelled.

McCallie guided the team to the NCAA Elite Eight four times during her tenure at the school. However, twice during her tenure, her team missed the postseason with a 20-12 mark in 2015-16 and a 15-15 mark in 2018-19.

Her best record at the school was 33-3 during the 2012-13 season.

“Here at Duke, Joanne’s extraordinary passion for excellence produced championship-level success and provided many timeless, captivating moments for both our student-athletes and fans,” Duke Athletics Director Kevin White said. “To be sure, Joanne’s unwavering commitment to leadership and service has had an enormous impact on the development of countless young women over the past three decades.”

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