Michigan State Revises Women's Basketball Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie's Contract

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie has signed a revised contract that "focuses on earned reward, promise, and potential," athletics director Ron Mason said today. The contract goes into effect July 1.

The contract remains a five-year rollover deal, but is now valued at $500,000 annually with incentives that could make it worth as much as $643,000. Her base salary increases from $232,875 for the 2006-07 season to $325,000 next season.

"The McCallie family is absolutely thrilled to continue working with such a great group of young women. We appreciate Dr. Simon's and Ron Mason's leadership during this time. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all the wonderful people who support us statewide and nationally. The entire East Lansing and Lansing communities have been incredible in their support of our family, team, and program," McCallie said. "We're looking forward to all the exciting challenges ahead for our basketball program."

McCallie, who recently completed her seventh season at MSU, has molded the Spartans into one of the nation's top programs. She recently led Michigan State to its school-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and owns a 149-75 record (.665) in her tenure in East Lansing. Named the 2005 AP National Coach of the Year, McCallie has led the Spartans to four consecutive 20-win seasons, four second-round games in the NCAA Tournament, two Sweet 16 appearances and a berth in the 2005 National Championship game. She guided the Spartans to their greatest season in school history in 2004-05, as MSU won 33 games, shared the Big Ten regular-season championship and won the Big Ten Tournament title. Michigan State is one of 11 teams in the nation to reach the NCAA Tournament Second Round in each of the last four years, and in the past three seasons, the Spartans have compiled an impressive 103-32 record (.763). Her 15-year record as a head coach, including an eight-year stint at Maine, is 316-148, and includes 11 conference titles (regular season and tournament) and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, McCallie led the Spartans to 24 wins this season, tying for the second-best total in school history. Along the way, McCallie's squad beat both two ranked conference teams on the road, at No. 13 Purdue and at No. 4 Ohio State. Michigan State beat all 10 conference teams during the league slate for the first time in program history. The team's 13-3 conference record was the second-best in program history and McCallie fostered the growth of Big Ten Freshman of the Year Allyssa DeHaan in the process.

Under Coach McCallie, MSU has seen its fan base increase dramatically. The team has set season attendance records in four of the last five seasons, including a school-record average of 6,787 fans in 2005-06, which ranked 10th in the nation. The Spartans were second in the Big Ten this season with an average of 6,646 a game and ninth in the NCAA. While hosting the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history on March 18 and 20, Michigan State attracted 21,340 fans for the six-game event, the most of any of the eight preliminary round sites. All of MSU's top 15 single-game crowds in program history have arrived during Coach P's tenure, including a school-record 14,066 against Ohio State on Feb. 20, 2005.

"This revised contract focuses on earned reward, promise, and potential," Mason said. "President Simon and I have been talking for months about how to best send the signal of recognition of Joanne as an asset, pride in her accomplishments, and promise for the future. This contract does that. It's clearly about continuity, and is a sound investment in a program and in a person that have been transformational for Spartan women's basketball.

"In preparing for this contract, we did careful and in-depth assessment of the landscape and marketplace that exist for women's college basketball."


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