Joanne P. McCallie Takes Spartans to 2nd in U.S.

Joanne P. McCallieWe noted in March of last year that Michigan State University women’s basketball coach Joanne McCallie is a huge fan of Dagny Taggart.

She’s been a busy woman during the past year, and was recently named Big 10 Coach of the Year (her fourth such award).

Earlier this month she was also named the Associated Press Coach of the Year:

McCallie, in her fifth season at MSU, has led the Spartans to the greatest season in school history. Michigan State is making its first appearance in the Final Four after having never been past the second round previously. The Spartans won a share of their second-ever Big Ten regular season title with a school-best 14-2 league record and won their first ever Big Ten Tournament title.

McCallie has guided the Spartans to a 32-3 record, smashing the previous school record for wins in a season (23). MSU is in the midst of a school-record 16-game winning streak and had its best-ever home record with a 13-0 mark at the Breslin Center. The Spartans have beaten 12 nationally-ranked teams, easily surpassing the previous school record of five in one season. Among the Spartans’ victims have been No. 1-ranked Stanford, No. 2-ranked Ohio State and No. 3-ranked Notre Dame, marking the first times MSU has ever beaten teams with those national rankings.

Yesterday her team lost the national title game to Baylor, but McCallie plans to stay in the limelight with a fresh round of high-profile recruits for next year’s season.

We’ll be working to see if we can get an interview soon with this prominent fan of Atlas Shrugged. Stay tuned.