Chris Masters | March 18, 2016
For the fourth time in five seasons, and the eighth time in her storied career, Notre Dame’s Karen and Kevin Keyes Head Women's Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw has been selected as a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award, it was announced Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. McGraw is a three-time Naismith Award recipient (2001, 2013, 2014) and also was chosen as a finalist in 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2012.
McGraw, who already has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, is one of 14 finalists in the Class of 2016 for induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as a leading candidate for every major national coach-of–the-year award this season. She recently led Notre Dame to its third consecutive sweep of the ACC regular-season and tournament titles, becoming just the second ACC women’s basketball program to pull off that feat and the first since Duke from 2001-04.