Just call her Coach P.
Joanne Palombo McCallie, the former Brunswick High star, is coaching basketball at a level few have ever attained.
She recently completed her first season as head women's basketball coach at Duke University, where the Devils finished 25-10, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament.
Not that she hasn't done that before.
While at Michigan State, she led the Spartans to the NCAA championship game in 2005. Her Michigan State teams made five straight NCAA tournament appearances making it to the Sweet Sixteen two of the last three seasons.
The 42-year-old McCallie began her coaching career, of course, at the University of Maine. From the 1992-93 season to 1999-2000, she led the Blacks Bears to seven consecutive 20-win seasons and six NCAA appearances. She left Maine with a 167-73 record, the most wins of any coach in the program's history.
Her career record is 341-158.
Now she is at what many consider one of the premier basketball programs in the country.
"Duke is not only a dream job in destination," she told the Portland Press Herald after accepting the job, "but it's a dream job in that it's a basketball laboratory."
McCallie was born in Monterey, CA, but attended Brunswick High School where she was a third-team Parade All-America as a senior in 1983.
She attended Northwestern University and still ranks seventh with 378 career assists. She was an All-Academic Big Ten selection as a senior.
She became an assistant coach at Auburn in 1988, and, as the program's top recruiter, continually brought top talent to the Tigers until she left for Maine in 1992.
Her first season there produced just 9 wins and 20 losses, but then Maine ran off its seven consecutive 20-win seasons. She was named Coach of the Year three times while at Maine.
She went to Michigan State in 2000, and, again, had a losing season (10-18) her first year. The Spartans made the post-season every season after that, culminating with an appearance in the NCAA championship game.
McCallie was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Basketball Times and Nike in 2005.
In 2007, McCallie guided Team USA to a gold medal in the U21 World Championships in Moscow.
Several of her former players have gone on to coach, including Cindy Blodgett, now the head coach at the University of Maine.
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