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Joy Cheek embarks on her first college coaching position in 2011-12, after being hired by Joanne P. McCallie over the summer of 2011.  

Along with Candice M. Jackson, Cheek will serve as one of two recruiting coordinators in addition to working with the perimeter players.  

Following graduation from Duke in 2010 with a degree in public policy, Cheek played professionally in the WNBA and overseas before being hired as an assistant coach.

The 35th overall selection in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, Cheek played in seven contests for the Fever averaging 2.1 points a game.  Following her rookie season, she traveled overseas to play in Leszno, Poland.  

After signing a brief contract with the Washington Mystics to open the 2011 WNBA season, Cheek was prepared to play in Spain this season before accepting the job at Duke.  

One of 26 former Duke standouts to register over 1,000 career points, Cheek played in 137 contests in her four years.  A four-year letterwinner from 2007-10, she owns career averages of 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals.  As a senior, Cheek averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists as she started all 36 contests for the Blue Devils.  She was named to the Memphis Regional All-Tournament team, All-ACC Tournament First Team, All-ACC Third Team and was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Cheek was an ACC Honor Roll selection in 2008-09.  In the summer of 2009, she performed an internship in the Office of the Vice President and Economic Policy at the White House.  Following graduation from Duke, Cheek had the honor of introducing Vice President Joe Biden prior to making an announcement about Title IX on April 20, 2010.

The Cheek File


June 25, 1988

Place of Birth
Hyattsville, Md.

High School
South Mecklenburg

Duke, ‘10

Coaching Experience
Duke - Assistant Coach

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