BREAKING: Notre Dame’s McGraw retiring after 33 seasons
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After 33 seasons and a pair of national championships, Hall of Fame member and Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw is retiring, it was announced by the university Wednesday afternoon.
Notre Dame also announced that former Fighting Irish All-American and assistant coach Niele Ivey will become the fourth head coach in the school’s history.
Notre Dame hired McGraw on May 18, 1987. McGraw, just the 13th woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2017), has 936 career victories, including 842 with the Fighting Irish. She ranks sixth all-time in career victories among Division 1 coaches.
Notre Dame went to nine Final Fours, winning the national championship in 2001 and 2018. The Fighting Irish had 31 20-win seasons under her direction and had 11 30-win seasons. Notre Dame won 16 regular-season conference titles and 11 conference tournament championships.
McGraw was awarded seven conference Coach of the Year titles. She sent 20 players to the WNBA. Notre Dame had 22 All-Americans during her tenure.
“It has been my great honor to represent the University of Notre Dame these past 33 years, but the time has come for me to step down as your head basketball coach,” McGraw said in a statement released by Notre Dame. “I want to thank Monk Malloy and Father Jenkins for giving me the opportunity to coach the game I love at a university I love. I have learned much about leadership from the many athletic directors with whom I have served, and in particular, I want to thank Jack Swarbrick for his unwavering support.
“I am grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business, and I have been blessed to coach so many phenomenal women. To the best fans in the country, it was my honor and privilege to play for you.”
Among the players that McGraw coached was All-American Skylar Diggins, who hailed from South Bend Washington.
“There’s something about her that makes you want to move a mountain for her,” Diggins said. “I believe it’s how much she cares about her players.”
McGraw will officially announce her retirement at a press conference on Zoom at 4:30 p.m.
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