Joanne “Coach P” McCallie, former NCAA Division I women’s basketball head coach for 28 years, has taken on her greatest role yet. She is forging a path to destigmatizing mental health and is coaching those afflicted to paths for full and productive lives. She knows what worked for her as an elite coach under national scrutiny while protecting her secret—a mental health diagnosis hidden across years of her career so as not to impede her success or impact her family’s livelihood.
In her high-energy speeches and leadership seminars, Coach P engages, educates and inspires with discussions on mental health, sports, faith and leadership. She specifically crafts each talk to be in alignment with the culture and dynamics of each audience. It has been cited that likely 50% of the American population suffers from some form of a mental health issue. Expand that percentage when including the impact of those surrounding each of us. Coping and thriving is not unlike sports—it requires a game plan, a playbook, drills and muscle memory. There are ways to foul out—and there are ways to better our own stats and performances while thriving personally.