ACC news: Duke extends Joanne P. McCallie’s contract through 2020-21

Duke has extended women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie’s contract through the 2020-21 season, the university announced on Monday.

Over 10 seasons, McCallie has brought the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament nine times and averaged better than 27 wins per season. Duke has also appeared in four Elite Eights and never won fewer than 20 games under McCallie, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year.

Athletic Director Kevin White said in a press release:

“Without question, Joanne is an elite women’s basketball coach whose student-athletes have excelled on the court, in the classroom and in the Durham community. This extension was earned with a track record that includes winning nearly 80 percent of her games as a Blue Devil head coach, while maintaining the academic success exemplified by Duke student-athletes across the board. To be sure, we are thrilled to secure Coach McCallie’s leadership for the foreseeable future.”

Duke is coming off a 28-6 season in which the Blue Devils finished second in the ACC. They will return four starters in 2017-18, including All-American Lexie Brown.

“We have a great love for the Durham community and for the amazing women who represent DWB,” McCallie said. “It is an honor to coach and support them with our terrific staff and fans. We are all very excited for the challenges and opportunities awaiting us for this special season ahead.”

Duke will open the regular season at Grand Canyon on Nov. 12.