Joanne P. McCallie, who just completed her sixth season at Michigan State, continues to shape Spartan basketball into one of the nation's elite programs. McCallie's six-year record at MSU stands at 125-66 (.654), and she currently has a career record of 292-139 (.677) in 14 seasons as a head coach. The past two seasons, she has led MSU to an impressive 57-14 (.803) record.
In 2005-06, she led the Spartans to their third straight 20-win campaign - a program first - with a 24-10 overall record. MSU finished in a tie for third in the conference standings at 11-5, McCallie's second-best league finish at MSU, and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the third consecutive year. The 24 victories in 2005-06 were the second most in a single season in school history. All of this was done while playing arguably the toughest schedule in school history, as MSU matched up against 11 NCAA Tournament teams and six teams ranked in the top 10. The Spartans posted victories over No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 8 Rutgers, who went on to be No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans were ranked in the top 20 all season, peaking at No. 9.
March is when it matters most, and McCallie guided MSU to its school-record fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second straight berth in the Sweet 16 in 2005-06. The Spartans, a No. 4 seed, defeated 13th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round and fifth-seeded Kentucky in the second round to earn a spot in the Bridgeport Regional. McCallie is 8-4 in NCAA Tournament games at MSU, including a 7-2 record the past two years.
Michigan State's basketball season isn't where McCallie's coaching ended for the year, however, as she signed on to coach USA Basketball's U-20 team in the FIBA Americas Championships in Mexico City.
McCallie helped guide the team, which featured senior guard Victoria Lucas-Perry and three other Big Ten standouts to the gold medal, beating Brazil 96-58 in the championship.
McCallie guided Team USA to a perfect 5-0 record at the championships, outscoring opponents by a whopping 62 points per game and setting 28 U-20 records at the event.
After guiding MSU to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments and upper- division Big Ten finishes in the previous two seasons, McCallie led Michigan State to its greatest season ever in 2004-05. Michigan State advanced to its first National Championship game, won a school-record 33 games (10 more than the previous record), won a school-record 14 Big Ten games while sharing just its second Big Ten regular-season championship, won its first Big Ten Tournament title, finished 13-0 at home, had a school-record 17-game winning streak, and beat 13 nationally-ranked teams, including four teams ranked No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 in the nation.
For her efforts, McCallie was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Basketball Times, and Nike, as well as being voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by the league's media. It marked the first time an MSU women's basketball coach has been named national coach of the year and the second time a Spartan head coach earned the conference's coach of the year award. McCallie was also named the 2005 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year.
The 2004-05 Spartans burst onto the national scene with nonconference victories at No. 3 Notre Dame and at No. 11 UConn and never slowed down en route to a 33-4 record. MSU moved into position for a Big Ten title with a 66-64 victory over No. 2 Ohio State in a nationally-televised game in front of a school-record crowd of 14,066.
After earning the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans marched to the Final Four, beating No. 1-ranked Stanford 76-69 in the Kansas City Regional Final. In Indianapolis at the Final Four, MSU staged an amazing second-half rally against No. 3 Tennessee, tying a Final Four record by overcoming a 16-point deficit during a 68-64 victory that propelled MSU into the title game.
In 2003-04, McCallie guided MSU to its first 20-win season since 1996-97 and just the fifth in school history. The Spartans, who finished 22-9 overall, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 72-60 win over Arizona in the opening round. MSU won 10 road games and six conference road games for the first time in school history, while also being nationally ranked for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The Spartans climbed as high as 15th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, marking MSU's highest-ever national ranking at the time. The 22 wins tied for the second most in a single season for MSU in school history.
Michigan State recorded a 10-6 mark in the Big Ten that season, tying for fourth in the conference for a second straight year, and marking the first time in MSU history that the Spartans recorded double-digit wins in the Big Ten for two consecutive seasons.
During the 2002-03 season, McCallie guided a depleted MSU squad to a 17-12 overall record and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, as the Spartans earned a No. 8 seed in the East Regional. Despite numerous injuries that left MSU with a core of just six players getting nearly all of the minutes, she led Michigan State to its best Big Ten finish since 1997, as MSU tied for fourth in the league with a 10-6 record. The Spartans improved by four wins over the previous season's Big Ten win total - more than any other team in the conference.
Michigan State closed the 2001-02 season with a 19-13 record, and advanced to the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history. The 2001-02 season saw MSU increase its win total from the previous season by nine victories, and included wins against three nationally-ranked opponents.
MSU finished the 2000-01 season, McCallie's first in East Lansing, with a 10-18 overall mark. However, the Spartans struggled with injuries all year, losing senior forward Becky Cummings (foot) and freshman guard Candice Jackson (knee) during the season.
McCallie, who was named to the position on March 27, 2000, became just the fourth head coach in Michigan State women's basketball history. She replaced Karen Langeland, who retired following 24 years as the head coach at MSU.
McCallie arrived at MSU after spending eight years as the head coach at the University of Maine. During her tenure with the Black Bears, McCallie, 39, guided Maine to a record of 167-73, six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two North Atlantic Conference Tournament Championships, two America East Conference Tournament Championships and five regular-season conference titles.
A native of Brunswick, Maine, McCallie guided the Black Bears to seven-straight 20-win campaigns, including a 20-11 overall record in 1999-2000 and their sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She was named conference coach of the year three times, twice in the North Atlantic Conference (1995 and 1996) and once in the America East (1999).
Prior to taking her first head coaching position, McCallie was an assistant coach at Auburn from 1988-92. As the team's primary recruiter, she helped sign the fourth-ranked class in the nation in 1990-91 and the 16th-ranked class in 1991-92. While at Auburn, McCallie and the Tigers appeared in two national championship games and made an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight.
No stranger to the Big Ten, McCallie, then Palombo, played her collegiate basketball at Northwestern from 1984-87. She still ranks seventh in Wildcat history with 378 career assists. As a senior, she was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection and helped lead the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. McCallie also was named Academic All-Big Ten First-Team as a senior.
McCallie graduated from Northwestern in 1987 with a degree in political science and earned a master's degree in business administration from Auburn in 1990.
Coach P, as she is known by her players, is an active speaker within the community and for women's athletics. At MSU, McCallie created the "Choice Not Chance" philosophy, which focuses on making the correct choices in life. The philosophy has been widely used by McCallie, her staff and players, who have been very active in the area schools speaking about "CNC".
McCallie's community service includes working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters "Jump" program and serving as the honorary chair of their annual golf outing; serving as the Honorary Chair for the Haven House -- a shelter for homeless families in East Lansing, Mich.; serving as the Honorary Chair for the 2001 Crop Walk and the 2001-04 Memory Walks for Alzheimer's; serving on the Board of Directors of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Women Working Wonders; and holding the Joanne P. McCallie Golf Challenge benefitting children and adolescents with cancer.
McCallie is also an Honorary Chair for the MSU/Mid-Michigan Children's Initiative. Coach P was a driving force behind the creation of MMCI, an MSU initiative designed to form partnerships within the Lansing area that will benefit the health and well-being of children, focusing on research, education and clinical care.
While at Maine, she organized an event called "Realizing the Dream; Celebrating Women in Athletics" that featured speakers Dr. Donna Lopiano and Sheryl Swoopes. During the 1997-98 season, Dana Rae Warren filmed a documentary of the Maine women's basketball season. McCallie was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
McCallie was named a conference captain by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 2002. In October of 2005, McCallie was inducted in the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors for her outstanding coaching efforts.
Joanne and her husband, John McCallie, Ph.D., have an 11-year-old daughter, Madeline (Maddie), and a 6-year-old son, John Wyatt (Jack).
COACH McCALLIE'S HIGHLIGHTS
Coach P on the court:
Has led Michigan State to four straight NCAA Tournaments and two consecutive Sweet 16 appearances
Has won 20 games three straight seasons, a program first
Guided MSU to a 57-14 record the past two years, including a 7-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament
In 2005, led MSU to Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships and the NCAA National Championship game
Guided MSU to a school-record 33 wins in 2004-05
Helped MSU reach its highest-ever national ranking in 2004-05 (No. 2)
Built MSU's attendance to an average of 6,787 fans in 2005-06, which ranked 10th nationally
Has led MSU to four straight 10-win seasons in the Big Ten for the first time in MSU history
Led MSU to 19 wins and its first-ever appearance in the WNIT Final Four in 2002 in just her second season
Led Maine to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000)
Honored as the Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 1996, 1999 and 2005)
In 1999-2000, Maine ranked 27th in the nation in attendance with an average of 3,310 fans in 14 home games
Left Maine as the school's all-time winningest women's basketball coach (167 victories)
Appeared in two National Championship games as an assistant coach at Auburn
Coach P off the court:
A sampling of her activities include:
Honorary Chair for MSU/Mid-Michigan Children's Initiative (2003-05)
Big Brothers Big Sisters Honorary Chairperson for their annual Golf Outing (2001-05)
Women Working Wonders Honorary Chair (2001-04)
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Board of Directors (2003-05)
Jackson National Life Board of Directors (2004-05)
Honorary Chair for annual Memory Walk (2001-04)
Haven House Honorary Chair for their annual fundraiser (2001-05)
Detroit Shock color commentator (2003-05)
Big Ten Chair (2002-04)
Big Ten Coaches Chair for the WBCA (2003-04)
Nike Clinician at the Nike Championship Basketball Camp (2004-05)
Has spoken at over 60 events since her arrival at MSU, including serving as a keynote speaker at the YMCA of Michigan, the Police Executive Development Series at MSU, the Boys and Girls Club and the Construction and Financial Management Association.
McCallie has also spoken for the Nike Championship Clinics, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and Michigan AAU Coaches
THE McCALLIE FAMILY
The McCallie family not only emphasizes education to the young women on the MSU team, but their own accomplishments further demonstrate their commitment to academics. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern and a master's degree from Auburn in business administration. John McCallie, Ph.D, Joanne's husband, is an Economics professor at MSU.
But it should come as no surprise that the McCallies are well-educated, as the name McCallie has long been synonymous with the word "education." The McCallie School is a college preparatory school for boys located on Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga, Tenn. It was founded in 1905 by Spencer Jarnagin McCallie and James Park McCallie, the grandfather and great-uncle, respectively, of John McCallie.
The McCallie School accepts young men with above average to exceptional academic abilities and those students matriculate at some of the best colleges and universities in the nation. In recent years, the school has been recognized for its innovative educational programs and its overall standards of excellence. Recently, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution called McCallie "one of the leading secondary educational institutions in the United States."
In addition, John McCallie's great-aunt, Grace McCallie, was one of three founders of the Girls Preparatory School in 1906, also in Chattanooga. The school prepares girls for college through academic training, and instills in them high principles of honesty, integrity and consideration for others.
THE McCALLIE FILE
Name: Joanne Palombo McCallie
Family: Husband - John McCallie, Ph.D.; Children - Madeline (Maddie) and John Wyatt (Jack)
Place of Birth: Monterey, Calif.
Education: Northwestern (B.S., political science, 1987); Auburn (M.A., business administration, 1990)
Collegiate Athletic Experience: Basketball (Northwestern 1984-87)
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (1987);
Big Ten First-Team All-Academic selection (1987)
Auburn (Assistant Coach, 1988-92);
Maine (Head Coach, 1992- 2000);
Michigan State (Head Coach, 2000-present)
Team USA U-20 (2006)
National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Basketball Times and Nike (2005)
Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year (2005)
North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 1996)
America East Conference Coach of the Year (1999)
Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year (2005)
10 NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach (Maine: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000; Michigan State: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
Five conference championships (Maine: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999; Michigan State: 2005)
FIBA Americas U-20 Gold Medal, 2006