Duke coach McCallie resigns after 13 seasons

Entering the final year of her contract, Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie announced her resignation on Thursday.

In a video posted to the team’s Twitter feed, McCallie said it was time to walk away to bring clarity to the program. She said she had an emotional talk with her team before making the announcement formally.

“It was very heartfelt and bittersweet,” she said. “I am choosing to step away as head coach at Duke. As a coach in the final year of my contract, uncertainty is natural. It takes away from confidence and fun. I am pretty sure there is a level of uncertainty amongst the Duke family. I want to bring clarity with great pride for all.

“Throughout my entire coaching career, I’ve strived to provide stability. … Clarity and principle over uncertainty must prevail.”

McCallie, 54, said stepping away brings an opportunity for “change, growth.”

In 13 seasons, McCallie posted a 330-107 record, three ACC tournament titles and reached 10 NCAA tournaments, including a stretch of Elite Eight runs from 2010 to 2013. She was named ACC Coach of the Year three times.

“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,” athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. “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.”

McCallie coached at Michigan State (2000-07) and Maine (1992-2000) before joining the Blue Devils.

–Field Level Media

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