Corrigan, a 1980 Duke graduate, owns 30 years of collegiate coaching experience and most recently spent the last four years on the women’s basketball staff at Old Dominion. 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.
“Jim will serve as a consultant and an assistant to the head coach,” said McCallie. “He is someone that has a wealth of experience on both the men’s and women’s side. As a Duke graduate, he has a lot of pride in Duke basketball overall. We are very excited and happy to welcome him.”
In 2012, Bleacher Report named Corrigan as one of the nation’s top 15 assistant coaches and Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman recently named Corrigan as the top assistant in the CAA.
“First of all, it is very exciting to be back at Duke and to be a part of a program of this stature,” said Corrigan. "For me personally, it is tremendous. I am excited and looking forward to it. Hopefully I can bring some wisdom and experience to things and just help maybe fill in some blanks to wherever it needs.”
Under Corrigan's leadership 19 players have been 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. Nine freshman were named to the CAA All-Rookie team.
“I just think it is a great thing,” commented McCallie on bringing in a Duke graduate to the staff. “We miss Michele [Van Gorp] a lot as a Duke graduate and she was fabulous on our staff. It is ironic that she knows Jim well from being on the road and talking with him. I think from a standpoint of all intangibles – knowledge of the game, technique, ability to help the student-athletes and also to understand too as a Duke graduate what Duke is about. Of course, it was many moons ago, but it is still a great situation.”
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, he 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. He moved on to William & Mary where he was an assistant coach from 1987-94.
Corrigan walked on the Duke men’s basketball team, before earning a scholarship under head coach Bill Foster. Corrigan graduated from Duke in 1980 with a degree in management science.