Success Pays for Spartan Coach

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Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie agreed to a new contract that the school says rewards her for last season's performance, which brought the Spartans a national title game appearance.

The contract for McCallie, who was named The Associated Press women's basketball coach of the year, goes into effect July 1. As part of the contract announced Wednesday, her base salary increases to $225,000 next season from $183,805 for 2004-05.

The five-year rollover deal is valued at $400,000 annually with incentives that could make it worth as much as $500,000, the university said.

"My family and I are very excited about the opportunity to remain Spartans for many seasons to come," said McCallie in a statement. "I am excited to continue pursuing championships on and off the floor with a great group of young women, as we are already preparing for another great season in 2005-06."

Last season, the Spartans (33-4) set school records for wins, including victories over traditional national powers Connecticut, Tennessee and Stanford. Michigan State lost to Baylor in the NCAA title game.

McCallie, who was hired in 2000 and has a 101-56 record at Michigan State, lives in East Lansing with her husband, John, an economics professor at the school, and their children Maddie, 10, and Jack, 5.