Secret Warrior is a compelling memoir following elite Division 1 university head women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie's mental health journey through the realities and challenges within the sports world. With 28 years as head coach for University of Maine, Michigan State, and Duke University, and while winning repeated conference championships and advancing to the Finals of the National Championship, she hid her bipolar diagnosis for 25 of those years.
Using the recurring theme of "faith over fear" to reduce the stigma associated with impaired mental health and encouraging those suffering from mental health issues to reach out-to coaches, student-athletes, and to all people across the world, Joanne offers real direction, experiences, and personal stories to teach and reassure those adversely affected by the dynamics of the mind and body experience.
Motivational and heartfelt, Secret Warrior drives home the need for more education, stories, action, and an overall change to the narrative about brain health. She is determined to let stories fight stigmas, believing mentorship matters.