Jim Corrigan joined the Duke women’s basketball program in December 2017 and serves as a special assistant.
Corrigan, a 1980 Duke graduate, owns over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience and most recently spent the last four years on the women’s basketball staff at Old Dominion. Corrigan spent a total of 23 years at Old Dominion, with the first 19 years of his tenure taking place as an assistant coach and later as an interim head coach for the men’s basketball program.
During his time at Old Dominion, Corrigan helped lead the Monarchs to five Colonial Athletic Association Championships, six NCAA Tournament appearances, and two trips to the WNIT. Over an eight-year stretch in which the Old Dominion men’s basketball program achieved consecutive postseason play, the Monarchs averaged 25 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament four times. Also during this time, Old Dominion reached the NIT Final Four and won the first-ever CIT tournament.
Under Corrigan's leadership 19 Old Dominion players were named All-Conference; two were Rookies of the Year, three players of the year, three defensive players of the year, and 10 to the CAA All-Defensive squad. Ten freshmen were named to the CAA All-Rookie team.
In 2012, Bleacher Report named Corrigan one of the nation’s top 15 assistant coaches and Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman recently tabbed Corrigan as the top assistant in the CAA.
Corrigan began his coaching career at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., where he served as an assistant coach for two years. From there he moved to his alma mater, Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. After one season as the junior varsity and varsity assistant, he was elevated to head coach.
During four years as head coach at McGuinness, Corrigan compiled a 90-42 record and reached the North Carolina State finals each of his final three years, including the 1987 state championship. Corrigan was named coach of the year in the conference and on the state level in North Carolina three times each. From there, he moved on to William & Mary where he was an assistant coach from 1987-94.
Corrigan walked on the Duke men’s basketball team in the late 1970s, before earning a scholarship under head coach Bill Foster. While at Duke, the Blue Devils won two ACC Tournament championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments, including the 1978 Final Four. Corrigan’s senior year, he received the Ted Mann Award as the non-starter who contributed the most to team morale.
Jim has a daughter, Keenan, a graduate of Duke, and sons Cole and Drew, the latter of which is a sophomore at Old Dominion. Corrigan graduated from Duke in 1980 with a degree in management science.