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Duke tabs McCallie to succeed Goestenkors

Joanne P. McCallie was hired as Duke's women's basketball coach,
leaving Michigan State and following the AP national coach of the
year at one of the country's premier programs.

She guided the Spartans to the 2005 national championship game
and succeeds Gail Goestenkors, who left for Texas. McCallie
informed Michigan State's players of her decision Wednesday and
will be introduced at a news conference Friday in Durham, N.C.

"She elevated the Michigan State program to a new level, and we
look forward to her continuing the tremendous tradition we have
established at Duke," Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said.

The 41-year-old McCallie leaves the Spartans less than a month
after signing a new contract that boosted her base salary by about
$100,000, and two years after the best season in school history.

Michigan State won a school-record 33 games in 2005 and capped a
memorable season by reaching the national championship game. The
run earned McCallie the national coach of the year award from The
Associated Press.

"The entire McCallie family is absolutely thrilled about the
opportunity to serve at Duke," McCallie said. "This has been a
dream job of mine for many years. We cannot wait to meet and get to
know a team that we are so very impressed by academically, as well
as athletically, and by the way [they] carry themselves."

Goestenkors earned the award after leading the Blue Devils to
the first 29-0 regular season in school and Atlantic Coast
Conference history. Duke finished 32-2 -- an NCAA-record seventh
straight 30-win season.

She led Duke to five straight ACC tournament championships from
2000-04, 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments and at least two wins in
each appearance in the NCAAs since 1997.

Duke has reached the national championship game twice, most
recently in 2006, and finished this season No. 1 in the final AP
poll of the season. Now, the Blue Devils are counting on McCallie
to help them take the next step -- their first national title.

McCallie -- colloquially known as "Coach P" because of her
maiden name, Palombo -- has a career record of 316-148 in 15 seasons
at Michigan State and Maine. She leaves Michigan State after going
149-75 in seven seasons there, and reaching the past five NCAA
tournaments. The Spartans' season came to an abrupt end with a
70-57 loss to Rutgers in the second round.

"We deeply appreciate the time, energy and effort that Joanne
put into building a Big Ten contender and for placing MSU women's
basketball on the national map," Michigan State athletic director
Ron Mason said. "She has built a solid foundation for the
program."

After being rumored as a candidate for several high-profile
jobs, McCallie signed a five-year contract worth $500,000 a year
plus a possible $143,000 in incentives on March 24 --
coincidentally, the same day Duke's season ended with a last-second
loss to those same Scarlet Knights in the regional semifinals.

Shortly after that, Texas offered the job to Goestenkors and she
deliberated for about a week before accepting it this month, ending
her 15-year run with the Blue Devils. California's Joanne Boyle, a
former Duke player, turned down the job last week and agreed to a
seven-year contract with the Golden Bears.

McCallie becomes the second straight Duke coach with ties to the
state of Michigan. Goestenkors is a Waterford, Mich., native who
played at Saginaw Valley State.