Duke, McCallie reach contract deal that runs through 2019
Taking Duke to another ACC championship and fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight has earned Joanne P. McCallie a new contract.
The Duke women’s basketball coach has agreed to deal that will keep her with the Blue Devils through 2019.
Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
McCallie led Duke to a 33-3 record this season, her sixth since replacing Gail Goestenkors as the Blue Devils coach. She was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second season in a row and third time in her Duke tenure.
Duke went 17-1 in the ACC, winning the league’s regular season and tournament championships for the third time in the last four years.
Duke fell one win short of its Final Four goal, losing 87-76 in the Norfolk Regional final on April 2.
But, with five starters and 93.7 percent of the scoring returning for next season, Duke athletics director Kevin White signed McCallie to the long-term deal to keep pursuing that goal.
“I’m thrilled,” McCallie said Thursday night. “Kevin’s leadership has been really significant, both Kevin and (Duke President) Dick Brodhead. Their leadership has been incredible. So it’s exciting to solidify things for the future.”
Since taking over the Blue Devils program in 2007, McCallie has posted a 174-35 record in six seasons. Duke has been ACC regular season champions in each of the last four years, going 56-6 in league play during that stretch.
Prior to coming to Duke, McCallie coached Michigan State for seven seasons, taking the Spartans to the NCAA final in 2005, and started her head coaching career at Maine, leading the Black Bears from 1992-2000. Maine played in six consecutive NCAA Tournaments under McCallie.
That said, McCallie is happy to be at Duke and is glad the she and the administration agreed to the long-term deal.
“The way Duke is right now is a pretty special place,” McCallie said. “With Dick as president and understanding the role athletics can play in such a positive fashion and Kevin with the understanding and expertise, I can’t stress that enough, that’s obviously something I look for as a coach.”
The Blue Devils are projected to be a top-five team when the rankings for next season come out. Duke will have center Elizabeth Williams and guard Chelsea Gray, both all-Americans, back next season along with forward Haley Peters, guard Tricia Liston and guard Alexis Jones.
The Blue Devils are only losing 6-5 center Allison Vernerey to graduation. In addition, Duke’s four-player incoming recruiting class is rated No. 2 in the country and includes three McDonald’s All-Americans in 6-1 guard Becca Greenwell, 6-3 forward Kendall Cooper and 6-4 forward Oderah Chidom.
Liston received the team’s Player of the Year award during Duke’s season-ending banquet at the Washington Duke Inn on Thursday night.
The junior averaged 13.5 points per game and set a school record with 80 3-pointers.
She ranked No. 3 nationally by making 46.5 percent of her 3-pointers. Liston also won the team’s Best Free Throw Shooter Award by making 93.1 percent.
Peters, also a junior, won three team awards Thursday night. With a 3.82 GPA, she captured the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award for the third consecutive year. Peters also won the Best Rebounder Award for leading the team with 7.6 per game and the Mean Mother Award, which goes to the player that does the dirty work, including assists, steals and leads the team in floor burns.
Jones, a freshman, won the Most Improved Player, Making Plays and Assist Maker awards. Jones shared the Making Plays Award with Gray.
Junior reserve guard Chloe Wells received the Sixth Player of the Year and Best Defensive awards.