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NEWS: McCallie remains as head coach of Duke women?s basketball (USA)

Duke_WBB_vs_Vanderbilt_Joanne_McCallie_benchDURHAM, N.C. ? The Duke Blue Devils women?s basketball program will continue under the direction of head coach Joanne P. McCallie as was announced by Duke Athletics on Sunday.

Vice president and director of Athletics Kevin White released a statement affirming McCallie?s continued leadership following an evaluation of the program.

?Joanne P. McCallie is, and will be, our head women?s basketball coach and we support her. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year, she is a winning coach who has averaged more than 27 wins per season, won three ACC Championships and led our program to the NCAA Elite Eight four times.

?We have received and thoroughly reviewed the evaluation report of the Duke women?s basketball program. The purpose of this evaluation, which Duke Athletics initiated with an outside party, was for Duke women?s basketball to get even better. I have discussed the results at length with Coach McCallie, and we are indeed in a position to improve Duke women?s basketball for present and future student-athletes, coaches, and staff alike. We are grateful for the efforts of those who worked so diligently and provided information for this project, including Coach McCallie, and for their deep commitment to Duke women?s basketball. The student-athlete experience at Duke is our highest priority, and we will always take seriously any concerns that we are not meeting that goal.?

Following a season that ended with the Blue Devils missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994, subsequent departures of forward Azura Stevens and guard Angela Salvadores brought to light concerns of deeper issues within the program.


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