Leigh Torbin | April 3, 2017
A sterling coaching resume that includes 853 wins, a national championship and three consensus national coach of the year honors received its ultimate capstone on Saturday as Notre Dame's Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women's Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw was named as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.
Compiling a career record of 853-227 (.771), McGraw is the sixth-winningest female coach in women's basketball history and 10th overall. Her 765 wins at Notre Dame alone make her one of just four female coaches to win 750 games at the same school. She is the winningest single-sport coach in Notre Dame's long and proud athletic history.
A 2011 inductee in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, McGraw's tenure is highlighted by the 2001 national championship, seven Final Fours, 15 Sweet 16s and 24 NCAA Championship berths along with an active run of 22 in a row. Notre Dame's run of five consecutive Final Four trips from 2011-15 ties for the second-longest streak in women's college basketball history.
"Team awards are so important -- that's what we preach to our teams," McGraw said during the announcement. "I don't weigh that much, but if you look at all the people that have had to prop me up over the years, there's been a lot of them. There are so many outstanding amazing women I've had to coach and the opportunity to get to know them. My assistant coaches have been phenomenal. Matt, my husband, and Murphy, my son, have been with me all the way. My family -- I have so many people supporting me and helping me get to this moment that, for me, it's still a team award. Every one of them has a little piece of this award."
She is one of just six college coaches (men's or women's) to win 800 games, appear in seven Final Fours and five national championship games, standing among the elite ranks of Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams.