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After 13 seasons, Joanne P. McCallie won’t return as the ladies’s basketball coach at Duke due to what she described as uncertainty over a contract extension as she entered the ultimate yr of her present deal.

In a video posted Thursday to the staff’s official Twitter account, McCallie mentioned she is wholesome and she or he spoke about her reasoning.

“I’m selecting to step away as head coach at Duke,” McCallie mentioned. “As a coach within the remaining yr of my contact, uncertainty is pure and it takes away from confidence and enjoyable. I’m fairly certain there’s a stage of uncertainty among the many Duke household.

“I wish to convey readability, with nice satisfaction for all. All through my total teaching profession I’ve thrived on offering stability and I’ve loved long-term relationships with each program I’ve had the consideration to serve. Readability and precept over uncertainty should prevail.”

“Whats up from Coach P. I hope you all are secure and wholesome throughout these very difficult instances.

I simply had a really tough dialog with a gaggle of ladies that I like and adore and admire…” pic.twitter.com/5pN2Swdfau

— Duke Girls’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) July 2, 2020

The college confirmed McCallie has stepped away. She compiled a 330-107 document at Duke and was a three-time Atlantic Coast Convention Coach of the Yr. Her Blue Devils gained three ACC event titles and reached 10 NCAA tournaments.

“Joanne’s extraordinary ardour for excellence produced championship-level success and supplied many timeless, fascinating moments for each our student-athletes and followers,” Duke athletic director Kevin White mentioned in an announcement. “To make sure, Joanne’s unwavering dedication to management and repair has had an unlimited impression on the event of numerous younger girls over the previous three many years.”

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McCallie’s contract was most just lately prolonged in 2017 by the 2020-21 season. She mentioned she opted “to forgo nearly all of my remaining yr of compensation to assist my employees throughout this extremely difficult and transitional time total.”

Duke had an 18-12 document this previous season, together with a 12-6 mark within the ACC. The Blue Devils have been anticipated to be included within the NCAA event earlier than that occasion was canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however that may have marked simply the third look previously 5 seasons.

This system’s run of 21 consecutive NCAA event appearances below each McCallie and predecessor Gail Goestenkors ended with the 2015-16 season. Duke additionally had its first non-winning season in additional than 25 years in 2018-19, when it completed 15-15.

Duke had no incoming recruits ranked among the many high 25 by ESPN HoopGurlz and had not signed a high 25 recruit because the 2017 class.

Diminishing outcomes on the court docket, along with a 2016 investigation by the varsity for undisclosed causes that in the end resulted in no motion, led to frequent hypothesis lately that McCallie was on the recent seat.

McCallie gained greater than 75% of her video games at Duke however was unable to develop on the success Goestenkors loved whereas constructing Duke right into a perennial nationwide contender.

Goestenkors, who gained 80% of her video games in 15 seasons earlier than leaving for Texas, reached the Remaining 4 on 4 events and twice reached the nationwide championship recreation.

McCallie was unable to achieve the Remaining 4 at Duke, though that streak was not with out some unhealthy luck. The Blue Devils reached 4 consecutive regional finals from 2010 to 2013, shedding to Brittney Griner’s Baylor, Maya Moore’s UConn, Nneka Ogwumike’s Stanford and Skylar Diggins’ Notre Dame in succession.

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McCallie leaves Duke with an total document of 646-255, together with her different teaching stints at Maine and Michigan State, the place she reached the nationwide championship recreation and was named AP Nationwide Coach of the Yr within the 2004-05 season.

Duke mentioned a nationwide seek for a substitute would start instantly. Courses for the autumn time period are scheduled to start Aug. 17.