Joanne McCallie’s new book takes a personal look at bipolar disorder – Press Herald

Joanne P. McCallie stepped down as Duke University’s women’s basketball coach in July after 13 seasons with the program. The former UMaine coach and Brunswick High player has written a book due out in February, “Secret Warrior,” in which she talks about her battle with bipolar disorder. Sean Rayford/Associated Press

When Joanne P. McCallie wrote her first book, “Choice not Chance,” in 2012, Amy Vachon, one of her former players and the current women’s basketball head coach at the University of Maine, told her it was a good book, but that something was missing.

“I said, ‘Yup, you’re probably right about that,’ ” said McCallie, the former UMaine coach who retired in July from Duke University after 28 years as a head coach. “But there was no further discussion.”

McCallie, a 1983 Brunswick High graduate who coached the UMaine women’s team for eight seasons from 1992-2000, took care of that omission.

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