Duke Women's Coach Joanne P. McCallie Selected ACC Coach of the Year

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DURHAM, N.C. - For the second time over the last three years, Duke women's basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie has been selected the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year on Thursday by a vote of the Blue Ribbon Panel.

In her fifth season with the Blue Devils, McCallie has done one of her best coaching jobs in her 20-year coaching career guiding the Blue Devils to its third straight ACC regular season title and a 24-4 overall record this season.

McCallie was also named ACC Coach of the Year in 2010 and the honor also marks the sixth time in her career she has been named a conference coach of the year -- Big Ten (2005), America East (1999) and North Atlantic (1996 and 1995). When she was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2010, she became the first Division I head coach to be named league coach of the year in four different conferences.

Picked second in the preseason ACC poll after losing three seniors to graduation and the WNBA, McCallie has guided a squad that features nine freshmen and sophomores and an average age of 19. McCallie and the Blue Devils have gone through a tremendous amount of adversity this season losing two McDonald's All-America selections -- Richa Jackson and Amber Henson -- to injuries and another starter to a violation of university policy -- Chloe Wells. The 2011-12 squad is the youngest McCallie has coached in her 20 years as a head coach.

The Blue Devils have remained in the top 10 all season long and have posted two victories over top 10 teams -- No. 8 Maryland and No. 5 Miami. Duke featured the youngest starting lineup of three sophomores, one freshman and one senior for most of the season, prior to the injury to Jackson.

Duke features a roster of eight scholarship players as the Blue Devils enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils posted their first outright ACC regular season title since the 2006-07 season and their 15 league wins is the second-most in school history.

McCallie has also been named one of 10 on the watch list for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Coach of the Year.

On Friday, March 2, Duke will open the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed against the winner of eighth-seeded Florida State versus ninth-seeded N.C. State contest at 3:00 p.m. The game will be aired live on RSN-TV at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C