Joanne P. McCallie

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Joanne McCallie
Coach P photo, taken 11-4-2010.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Duke
Conference ACC
Record 273–71 (.794)
Biographical details
Born (1965-09-06) September 6, 1965 (age 51)
Monterey, California
Playing career
1984–1987 Northwestern
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1992 Auburn (asst.)
1992–2000 Maine
2000–2007 Michigan State
2006 USA U-20
2007 USA U-21
2007–present Duke
Head coaching record
Overall 589–219 (.729)
Accomplishments and honors

Conference Coach of the Year:

  • 2× ACC (2010, 2012)
  • Big Ten (2005)
  • 3× NAC/America East (1995, 1996, 1999)

National Coach of the Year:

Joanne Palombo-McCallie (born Joanne Elizabeth Palombo; September 6, 1965)[1][2] is an American college basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Duke University women's basketball team.

McCallie became the first Division I head coach to win a conference title in four different leagues (the ACC, Big Ten, America East and North Atlantic), and also the first Division I coach to be named conference coach of the year in four different conferences. She was only the second Division I head coach to lead two different programs to 30-win seasons, and also to lead two different programs to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. McCallie has three National Championship game appearances in her career (one as a head coach and two as an assistant), and has been named conference coach of the year five times. She has coached twelve players who have received All-America honors, and has seen nine of her former players go on to play professionally, five being first round pick. McCallie has also won a gold medal as coach of the 2006 U20 National team and the 2007 U21 World Championship team. Since her first season at Duke in 2007, McCallie has led the Women's basketball team to an overall record of 141–32, a 60–12 record in the ACC alone, and was announced the ACC Coach of the year in 2010 and 2012.

Alongside her Blue Devils, McCallie has made a mark in the Duke community, specifically volunteering at local schools to advocate youth development and currently standing as the National Spokesperson for the Duke Cancer Fund. The team has especially created a relationship with the local non-profit organization The Emily K Center by participating in after school leadership programs. McCallie created the "Choice Not Chance" kids club that emphasizes the importance of good choices that later influenced her to write her 2012 book "Choice Not Chance" that focuses on teaching her players and kids how to make good choices in life through her own experiences and learned lessons. The "CNC" philosophy is an idea that is currently practiced by her coaching staff and team, and is actively shared throughout the Duke community.

Coaching career[edit]


McCallie was named head coach at Duke on April 18, 2007, replacing Gail Goestenkors, who had left to coach at Texas.[3] McCallie won 82 games in her first three years at Duke. For a coach in her first three years at a Division I school, this was the second-most wins in NCAA Division I history. McCallie reached 100 wins at Duke in only 122 games, being the second-quickest to ever reach 100 wins at a school. In only four years, the Blue Devils had a record of 114–26 overall, a 45–11 conference record, and four NCAA Tournament selections, including a No. 1 seed in 2009 and Elite Eight appearances in 2010 and 2011. In her first season at Duke in 2007–2008, McCallie led Duke to its 10th straight 25-win season with an appearance in the ACC Championship game and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 which marked the 11th consecutive appearance in the regional semifinals for the program. In her fourth season, McCallie guided Duke to its seventh ACC Championship, 10th regular season ACC title in school history along with an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. During this season McCallie also had her second straight 30-win season at Duke, including a 17–0 mark at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium; the third undefeated campaign at home in Duke's school history and the second under McCallie. Most recently, McCallie has led the Blue Devils to the 2010 and 2011 ACC Championship, which marked the sixth and seventh overall conference titles in school history. She led Duke to its ninth 30-win season out of the last 11 years, and in 2010–2011 led Duke to a 17–0 record at home; marking just the third time in school history the Blue Devils have gone undefeated in Cameron Indoor Stadium in one season.

Michigan State[edit]

McCallie spent seven years as the head coach at Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference. While with the Spartans, she led the team to 149 wins and 75 losses (.670), including five straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2003–2007). McCallie had an overall record of 316–148 (.681) and 11 NCAA tournament appearances. She replaced Karen Langeland, who retired following 24 years as the head coach at MSU.[4] While at MSU, McCallie also led the 2006 USA Basketball U20 National Team to a FIBA Americas U20 Championship and gold medal, and was selected to coach the 2007 USA Basketball Women's U21 Team in the FIBA World Championship under 21 for women.[5] McCallie was replaced at Michigan State by Suzy Merchant, the current head coach of the Michigan State Spartans. In her second season, Merchant ousted McCallie's #1 seeded Duke Blue Devils in the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament 63–49.[6]


Prior to her time at MSU, McCallie spent eight years as the head coach at the University of Maine. During her tenure with the Black Bears, McCallie guided Maine to a record of 167–73, six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four North Atlantic Conference/America East Conference Championships and five regular-season conference titles. McCallie guided the Black Bears to seven-straight 20-win campaigns, including a 20–11 overall record in 1999–2000. She was named conference coach of the year three times, twice in the North Atlantic Conference (1995 and 1996) and once in the America East (1999).[7] McCallie left Maine as the school's all-time winningest women's basketball coach with 167 victories.


Prior to taking her first head coaching position, McCallie was an assistant coach at Auburn University from 1988–92. As the team's primary recruiter, she helped sign the fourth-ranked class in the nation in 1990–91 and the 16th-ranked class in 1991–92. While at Auburn, McCallie and the Tigers appeared in two national championship games and made an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight.[8]

Coaching honors[edit]

Coaching Tree[edit]

Eighteen of McCallie's players and assistant coaches have gone on to pursue their careers in coaching and basketball management:

Name Current position Location Relationship to McCallie Years
Abrahamson-Henderson, KatieKatie Abrahamson-Henderson Head Coach Albany Assistant Coach (Michigan State) 2000–2002
Butts, NiyaNiya Butts Head Coach Arizona Assistant Coach (Michigan State) 2002–2003
Legette-Jack, FelishaFelisha Legette-Jack Head Coach Buffalo Assistant Coach (Michigan State) 2000–2002
Burgess, JanelJanel Burgess Head Coach Grand Valley State Assistant Coach (Maine and MSU) 1999–2004
Randall, SemekaSemeka Randall Head Coach Ohio University Assistant Coach (Michigan State) 2005–2007
Bennett, DarrenDarren Bennett Head Coach Skidmore Assistant Coach (Michigan State) 2003–2004
Veilleux, JulieJulie Veilleux Head Coach Colby College Player (Maine) 1999–2000
Blodgett, CindyCindy Blodgett Assistant Coach Boston University[13] Player (Maine) 1994–1998
Cheek, JoyJoy Cheek Assistant Coach Ohio State Player (Duke) 2008–2010
Jackson, Candice M.Candice M. Jackson Assistant Coach Duke Player (Michigan State) 2001–2005
Smith, WanishaWanisha Smith Assistant Coach Longwood University Player (Duke) 2007–2008
Thrun, DarinDarin Thrun Assistant Coach Saginaw Valley State Player (Michigan State) 2003–2006
Waner, AbbyAbby Waner Assistant Coach Denver Player (Duke) 2006–2009
Haynie, KristinKristin Haynie Assistant Coach Eastern Michigan Player (Michigan State) 2002–2005
Hayes, ReneRene Hayes Assistant Coach Western Michigan Player (Michigan State) 2004–2007
Bowen, LindsayLindsay Bowen Video Coordinator Texas Tech Player (Michigan State) 2002–2006
Pagel, JulieJulie Pagel Director of Operations Michigan State Player (Michigan State) 2001–2004
Vachon, AmyAmy Vachon Assistant Coach Maine Player (Maine) 1996–2000

Playing career[edit]

McCallie, then named Palombo, played Big Ten collegiate basketball at Northwestern University from 1984 – 1987. She still ranks seventh in Wildcat history with 378 career assists. As a senior, she was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection and helped lead the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. McCallie also was named Academic All-Big Ten First-Team as a senior, and graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in political science. She earned a M.A. in business administration while coaching at Auburn in 1990. McCallie was inducted into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors in 2005.[14]

In 1983, representing Brunswick High, Palombo became the first player ever from Maine named to Parade Magazine's annual All-America High School girls´ basketball team.[15]

Personal life[edit]

McCallie is the daughter of a Navy pilot, born in Monterey, CA and raised in Florida, New York, Texas, Rhode Island, and finally Maine, where her parents and family still live. Fred Koerber, her high school coach, was the first person to suggest that she think about coaching someday, but it was years later at Auburn before she acted on the suggestion.[16]

McCallie is an active speaker within the community and for women's athletics. At MSU, McCallie created the "Choice Not Chance" philosophy, which focuses on making the correct choices in life. The philosophy has been widely used by McCallie, her staff and players, who have been very active in the area schools speaking about "CNC".

In addition, McCallie's community service includes working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters "Jump" program; serving as the Honorary Chair for the Haven House — a shelter for homeless families in East Lansing, Michigan; serving as the Honorary Chair for the 2001 Crop Walk and the 2001–04 Memory Walks for Alzheimer's; and holding the Joanne P. McCallie Golf Challenge benefiting children and adolescents with cancer.

While at Maine, she organized an event called "Realizing the Dream; Celebrating Women in Athletics" that featured speakers Dr. Donna Lopiano and Sheryl Swoopes. During the 1997–98 season, Dana Rae Warren filmed a documentary of the Maine women's basketball season.

Joanne and her husband, John McCallie, Ph.D. and professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have a daughter, Madeline (Maddie, born in 1994), and a son, John Wyatt (Jack, born in 2002).

John McCallie's grandfather and grand-uncle, Spencer Jarnigan McCallie and James Park McCallie, were the founders of The McCallie School, a preparatory school for boys in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John's great-aunt Grace McCallie was one of the founders of the Girls Preparatory School, also in Chattanooga.[17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Sources: America East[18] Big Ten[19] ACC[20]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Maine Black Bears (North Atlantic Conference/America East Conference) (1992–2000)
1992–93 Maine 9–20 4–10 T–6th
1993–94 Maine 20–7 12–2 1st
1994–95 Maine 27–5 18–0 1st NCAA First Round
1995–96 Maine 27–5 18–0 1st NCAA First Round
1996–97 Maine 22–8 17–1 1st NCAA First Round
1997–98 Maine 21–9 13–5 2nd NCAA First Round
1998–99 Maine 24–7 17–1 1st NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Maine 20–11 14–4 2nd NCAA First Round
Maine: 167–73 (.696) 109–25 (.813)
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2007)
2000–01 Michigan State 10–18 4–12 9th
2001–02 Michigan State 19–13 6–10 T–9th WNIT Semifinals
2002–03 Michigan State 17–12 10–6 T–4th NCAA First Round
2003–04 Michigan State 22–9 10–6 T–4th NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Michigan State 33–4 13–2 1st NCAA Runner–up
2005–06 Michigan State 24–10 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2006–07 Michigan State 24–9 13–3 3rd NCAA Second Round
Michigan State: 149–75 (.665) 69–45 (.605)
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–present)
2007–08 Duke 25–10 10–4 T-3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2008–09 Duke 27–6 11–3 3rd NCAA Second Round
2009–10 Duke 30–6 12–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2010–11 Duke 32–4 12–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2011–12 Duke 27–6 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2012–13 Duke 33–3 17–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2013–14 Duke 28–7 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2014–15 Duke 23–11 11–5 T–4th NCAA Sweet 16
2015–16 Duke 20–12 8-8 T–7th
2016–17 Duke 28-6 13-3 T-2nd NCAA Sweet 16
Duke: 273–71 (.794) 121–33 (.786)
Total: 589–219 (.729)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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  2. ^ One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Northwestern University Commencement (1987), p. 12.
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  19. ^ "2010–11 Big Ten Women's Basketball Media Guide". Big Ten. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ "2010–2011 ACC Women's Basketball Media Guide". ACC. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 

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