By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Notre Dame legendary women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has announced her retirement. She led the program for the last 33-years.
During her Hall of Fame career, McGraw guided the program to two National Championships. She had 936 wins in her career, including 842 wins at Notre Dame.
The school has named Niele Ivey as McGraw’s replacement. The two-time National Champion was last an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.
“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 stated. “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.”
In her final season leading the program, she guided the program to a 13-18 record. Their season came to an end in a 67-65 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the ACC Tournament first-round game on March 4th.
During the 2018-19 season, she guided the team to a 35-4 record and lost in the National Championship game, 82-81, to the Baylor Bears.
“It is inevitable and appropriate that as we mark Muffet’s retirement from coaching today, much of the focus will be on the remarkable record of competitive success that makes her a Hall of Fame coach,” James E. Rohr Notre Dame Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick stated. “But my reflections go more to her as an educator, friend, and role model. Every time I had the privilege of stepping into her classroom, be it at practice or courtside during a game, I was struck by how much she cared about her students and how important it was for her to use basketball as a vehicle to help develop future leaders.
“Winning over 900 games and two national championships make Muffet a legendary coach; nurturing ‘strong confident women who are not afraid to use their voice and take a stand’ makes Muffet a teacher who made a difference in the lives of every student-athlete she taught. While we will not have the benefit of Muffet as our coach going forward, we will make certain that through her ongoing work with Notre Dame Athletics we continue to enjoy all that she has to offer as an educator, friend, and role model.”