Coach P, Duke Women’s Basketball Head Coach, is a highly acclaimed women’s college basketball coach with an award-winning career spanning over 29 years at four universities (Auburn, University of Maine, Michigan State and Duke University).

Coach P has drawn upon her own personal experiences, triumphs and professional challenges to create her passionate philosophy on life: “Choice, not Chance.” It is this philosophy and wisdom upon which she has built award-winning athletes and competitive teams. She is one of the most highly decorated female college basketball coaches in the country. Her philosophy can be applied to sports teams, business teams, student athletes and even parenting.

Coach P became the first Division I head coach to win a conference title in four different leagues: the ACC, Big Ten, America East and North Atlantic. She was also the first Division I coach to be named Conference Coach of the Year in four different conferences five times. She is the only second Division I head coach to lead two different programs to 30-win seasons with three National Championship game appearances.

Coach P’s commitment to player and personal development is most impressive. Getting young and old alike to commit to “the process” of making great choices while pursuing reason over emotion in  life’s challenges is at the very core of knowing Coach P.



  • Inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in August of 2014.
  • Named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
  • One of only 4 head coaches in Division I history to lead 3 different programs to 25 or more wins in single season.
  • Is one of only 3 Division I head coaches to guide 3 different programs to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Is the first Division I head coach to be named conference coach of the year in 4 different conferences.
  • Became the first Division I head coach to win a conference title in four different leagues: – ACC, Big Ten, America East, North Atlantic.
  • Is the 3rd quickest NCAA Division I head coach to reach 150 wins at an institution doing so in only 182 games.
  • Collected 200 victories in only 240 games becoming the 4th quickest Division I head coach to reach 200 wins at a school.
  • Reached the 500-win mark in 2013, joining an elite group of 29 active college coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins.

Coaching Honors

  • National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Basketball Times and Nike, Inc. (2005)
  • Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year (2005)
  • 3x Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 2x 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)
  • New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2004)
  • FIBA Americas U-20 Gold Medal, 2006
  • FIBA World U-21 Gold Medal, 2007


  • 4x ACC regular season titles (2010-2013)
  • 3x ACC Tournament (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Big Ten regular season (2005)
  • Big Ten Tournament (2005)
  • 4x NAC/America East regular season (1995-97, 1999)



Coaching Highlights

  • Three NCAA Final Four (Auburn: 1989, 1990; Michigan State: 2005)
  • Eight conference championships (Maine: 1995–99; Michigan State: 2005; Duke: 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Eight NCAA Elite Eight (1989, 1990, 1991, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Eight NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • 20 NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach (Maine: 1995–2000; Michigan State: 2003–2007; Duke: 2007-2015, 2017)
  • 23 NCAA Tournament Bids

Connect with Coach P

Whether you need a top female motivational speaker, healthcare speaker or inspirational keynote speaker, Coach P should be the first person you speak with. If you are a parent seeking help with your child athlete or you run a basketball program and want to take it to the next level, Coach P can help.

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

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