Muffet McGraw

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Muffet McGraw
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McGraw at the 2011 Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention in Indianapolis
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNotre Dame
ConferenceACC
Record835–233 (.782)
Annual salary$1 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1955-12-05) December 5, 1955 (age 63)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1974–1977Saint Joseph's
1979–1980California Dreams
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1979Archbishop Carroll HS
1980–1982Saint Joseph's (assistant)
1982–1987Lehigh
1987–presentNotre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall923–274 (.771)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2017 (profile)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Ann "Muffet" McGraw (born December 5, 1955) is an American basketball coach, currently the head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame, where she has compiled a 905–272 (.769) record over 32 seasons. She has led her team to nine Final Fours (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019), seven championship game appearances (2001, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019), and two National Championships in 2001 and 2018.

McGraw was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Saint Joseph's University and briefly played professionally for the California Dreams of the Women's Professional Basketball League. She coached at Archbishop Carroll HS from 1977 to 1979, and worked as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph's from 1980 to 1982. From 1982 to 1987 she was head coach at Lehigh.

She became head coach at Notre Dame in 1987. Since then, McGraw has led the Irish to 24 NCAA tournament appearances including a current streak of 22 straight. In the current streak, Notre Dame made it to the second round in all but one of the appearances. McGraw has compiled 50 wins over ranked opponents, including 40 over the last 8 seasons. Her teams appeared in the AP poll 139 times during her tenure. Notre Dame finished in the Top 3 of the Big East in 9 out of the 11 seasons they were in the league and finished in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all 4 seasons since they entered the conference.

McGraw was awarded the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year and the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2001. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.[2][3][4][5] In 2016, the John R Wooden award committee recognized McGraw with the 2017 Legends of Coaching Award.[6]

She is the 27th coach in NCAA history to win over 500 career games, and is currently tied as the eighth head coach in NCAA Division I basketball history to reach 800 career wins. On April 1, 2018, McGraw achieved her 800th career victory at Notre Dame with a win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the National Championship game, her second national title with the Fighting Irish. On December 30, 2018, she notched her 900th career win against Lehigh, the team at which she began her collegiate coaching career in 1982.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lehigh Engineers (East Coast Conference) (1982–1987)
1982–83 Lehigh 14–9
1983–84 Lehigh 13–9
1984–85 Lehigh 20–8
1985–86 Lehigh 24–4
1986–87 Lehigh 17–11
Lehigh: 88–41 (.682)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (North Star Conference) (1987–1988)
1987–88 Notre Dame 20–8 7–3 2nd
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1988–1995)
1988–89 Notre Dame 21–11 12–2 T-1st WNIT Seventh Place
1989–90 Notre Dame 23–6 16–0 1st
1990–91 Notre Dame 23–9 15–1 1st WNIT Eighth Place
1991–92 Notre Dame 14–17 8–4 2nd NCAA First Round
1992–93 Notre Dame 15–12 11–5 T-2nd
1993–94 Notre Dame 22–7 10–2 1st NCAA First Round
1994–95 Notre Dame 21–10 15–1 1st WNIT Third Place
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (1995–2013)
1995–96 Notre Dame 23–8 15–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1996–97 Notre Dame 31–7 17–1 2nd NCAA Final Four
1997–98 Notre Dame 22–10 12–6 T-4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1998–99 Notre Dame 26–5 15–3 3rd NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Notre Dame 27–5 15–1 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Notre Dame 34–2 15–1 T-1st NCAA Champions
2001–02 Notre Dame 20–10 13–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Notre Dame 21–11 10–6 T-5th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2003–04 Notre Dame 21–11 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Notre Dame 27–6 13–3 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
2005–06 Notre Dame 18–12 8–8 10th NCAA First Round
2006–07 Notre Dame 20–12 10–6 T-5th NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Notre Dame 25–9 11–5 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2008–09 Notre Dame 22–9 10–6 T-4th NCAA First Round
2009–10 Notre Dame 29–6 12–4 T-4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Notre Dame 31–8 13–3 T-2nd NCAA Runner-Up
2011–12 Notre Dame 35–4 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2012–13 Notre Dame 35–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Notre Dame 37–1 16–0 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2014–15 Notre Dame 36–3 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2015–16 Notre Dame 33–2 16–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2016–17 Notre Dame 33–4 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2017–18 Notre Dame 35–3 15–1 T-1st NCAA Champions
2018–19 Notre Dame 35–4 14–2 1st NCAA Runner-Up
Notre Dame: 835–233 (.782) 417–87 (.827)
Total: 923–274 (.771)[15]

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report: Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly Compensated $2.1 Million in 2016". www.onefootdown.com. Vox Media. May 16, 2018. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Naismith College Coach of the Year". Atlanta Tipoff Club. Archived from the original on March 2, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "USBWA WOMEN'S HONORS". USBWA. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Muffet McGraw". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 5, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b WNDU. "Muffet McGraw Named 2017 Wooden Legends of Coaching Award Recipient". Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ogunbowale scores 23 as Notre Dame's McGraw wins 900th". ESPN. December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is AP Coach of the Year". CNS News. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Muffet McGraw Sweeps National Coach Of The Year Honors". Notre Dame Athletics. April 9, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  11. ^ Smith, Michelle (March 14, 2014). "Stewart is espnW player of the year". ESPN. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Breanna Stewart wins as sophomore". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. BASKETBALL WRITERS AWARDS". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  14. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2017-04-02/notre-dame-coach-muffet-mcgraws-road-basketball-hall-fame
  15. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 25, 2015.

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