Choice Not Chance.

Building a fierce competitor for life.

Author and former D1 Coach Joanne P. McCallie has been building champions for more than three decades. As one of the most highly decorated college basketball coaches in the country, CoachP’s philosophy, “Choice, not Chance” can be applied to business teams, sports teams, student athletes and even parenting. Adversity is a constant in life. CoachP flips challenges upside down, helping people of all walks of life create their own game plan for personal fulfillment.

Meet Coach P

Joanne P. McCallie, Duke
Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Coach P has worn many hats in her 29 year coaching basketball career: Award-winning coach. World class motivator. Compelling public speaker. Engaging author. Loving wife and mother. Coach P shares her best strategies and techniques to motivate and rise to your potential.

Meet Coach P

As one of the nation’s most highly respected and decorated coaches, Joanne P. McCallie – CoachP – knows what it takes to develop champions. But that’s just part of her story.

CoachP is part of a very select group of coaches with more than 600 career wins, averaging an incredible 24 wins per season while coaching her teams to more than 20 NCAA tournaments. CoachP imparts a winning philosophy that meets challenges head on and helps those she leads reach their full potential.

As a trailblazer in every aspect of her career, cancer survivor and the mother of two young adults, CoachP is an experienced and passionate life coach and speaker who helps teams, individuals, and families learn to do more than just cope with adversity. Focusing on her mantra and basis of her first book, “Choice not Chance” CoachP shows us how to change everyday challenges from obstacles into springboards toward the best we all can be. And in her soon to be published memoir, Secret Warrior, she’ll break new ground with a vulnerable and candid look at the importance of mental wellness on and off the court.

  • 2005 AP National Coach of the Year
  • Three-time ACC Coach of the Year
  • Numerous Coach of the Year honors, Big Ten / America East
  • Two-time Gold Medalist Head Coach of Team USA
  • Led Michigan State Spartans to First Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Led Duke Blue Devils to eight straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances
  • Color Commentary 2006-2007 World Champion Detroit Shock
  • 27-year Nike Coach Clinician serving both men’s and women’s basketball
  • One of the few Division I coaches with an MBA and experience in the world of business

Work with CoachP

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Public Speaking/Panelist

CoachP is a highly sought-after speaker with a proven approach to motivation, mental wellness, professional development, parenting millennials, and more. She lights up a room and helps audiences discover newfound direction and purpose.
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Basketball Program Consulting

As a 27-year Nike Basketball Coach Clinician, CoachP shares program enhancements for all levels including her dominating Match Up Zone defense, as well as multiple defenses and offence strategies for all team levels and proven player development strategies.
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Women's Health, Mental Wellness Advocate, Speaker and Author

Always authentic and transparent, CoachP shares stories and lessons from her own life to help individuals, organizations and teams reach their full potential and gain personal fulfillment.
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Podcast, Radio, TV Guest, Host and Color Commentary

As comfortable behind the mic as she is on the court, CoachP is a lively and thoughtful guest for any sports, business or lifestyle podcast or radio show.
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Personal Mentoring & Coaching

CoachP consults with families on a variety of issues: mental approach to training, recruitment, parenting and more. She’s available via phone and in-person sessions.
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Parent Free and Play Free

Based on years of experience, Coach P’s philosophy allows parents to release the guilt, step back and watch their happy, high performing children develop while supporting them appropriately.
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Choice, not chance

RULES FOR BUILDING A FIERCE COMPETITOR

Throughout her pioneering career in college basketball, Coach P, Duke Women’s Basketball Head Coach, has followed a simple philosophy: Choice, not chance, determines destiny. Choose to become a champion in life. From her first head coaching position at age 26 to her current role as head coach for the Duke Blue devils, Coach P has enjoyed sharing these principles with her winning teams, the youth in the communities where she and her family have lived and the greater public through her public speaking.

-TESTIMONIALS-

"Choice not Chance is an incredible exploration into the life of a loving mother and phenomenal coach whose leadership for women’s basketball has truly been indispensable. She has time and again represented the highest ideals of sport and is a role model not only for her daughter, Maddie, but all daughters across our nation."

Olympia Snowe
U.S. Senator

CoachP | Duke Women's Basketball Head Coach
2020-11-27T14:13:18+00:00

Olympia Snowe
U.S. Senator

"Choice not Chance is an incredible exploration into the life of a loving mother and phenomenal coach whose leadership for women’s basketball has truly been indispensable. She has time and again represented the highest ideals of sport and is a role model not only for her daughter, Maddie, but all daughters across our nation."
"I have known Joanne for 30 years. She has truly been an inspiration. She is like a ball of enthusiasm. No matter how tough life gets, she continues to be a warrior. Joannes’s smile says the peace I give it’s not as the world giveth. This book is going to help many and move mountains. It will remind us all of what it means to keep the faith."

Ruthie Bolton
Professional women's basketball player

CoachP | Duke Women's Basketball Head Coach
2020-11-27T14:18:23+00:00

Ruthie Bolton
Professional women's basketball player

"I have known Joanne for 30 years. She has truly been an inspiration. She is like a ball of enthusiasm. No matter how tough life gets, she continues to be a warrior. Joannes’s smile says the peace I give it’s not as the world giveth. This book is going to help many and move mountains. It will remind us all of what it means to keep the faith."
"Joanne P. McCallie is inordinately bright and an exceptional leader both on and off the court. Her enthusiasm and passion for the game of women’s basketball and Duke University in general, is exceedingly contagious.

That passion comes through clearly in the pages of Choice Not Chance."

Dr. Kevin White
Vice President & Director of Athletics, Duke University

CoachP | Duke Women's Basketball Head Coach
2020-11-27T14:16:04+00:00

Dr. Kevin White
Vice President & Director of Athletics, Duke University

"Joanne P. McCallie is inordinately bright and an exceptional leader both on and off the court. Her enthusiasm and passion for the game of women’s basketball and Duke University in general, is exceedingly contagious. That passion comes through clearly in the pages of Choice Not Chance."
"One of the things I love about Joanne is her energy. She’s very competitive, and she allows those around her to not only support her, but also make her better. Joanne has all of the characteristics of being a great leader. She conveys confidence and courage under pressure. In the heat of the game, the players feed off of this strength."

Mike Krzyzewski
Head Coach, Duke University

CoachP | Duke Women's Basketball Head Coach
2020-11-27T14:16:51+00:00

Mike Krzyzewski
Head Coach, Duke University

"One of the things I love about Joanne is her energy. She’s very competitive, and she allows those around her to not only support her, but also make her better. Joanne has all of the characteristics of being a great leader. She conveys confidence and courage under pressure. In the heat of the game, the players feed off of this strength."
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CoachP | Duke Women's Basketball Head Coach

Connect with CoachP

Whether you are looking for a proven motivational speaker, health and mental wellness advocate or someone who creates inspiration and purpose for your next event, CoachP should be the first person you call.

If you are a parent seeking help with your child athlete or you take your basketball program to the next level, CoachP can help.

If you are struggling with life challenges or supporting someone else who is, CoachP’s approach to working through and ultimately capitalizing on adversity may be the boost you need.

Learn how her “Choice, Not Chance” methodology can benefit you and those around you. If you are ready to elevate to the next level, contact CoachP.

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