Dennis Brown | February 17, 2015
A student-athlete who helped build the foundation of the University of Notre Dame’s perennially powerful women’s basketball program and her husband, also a former student-athlete at the University, have made a $5 million gift to their alma mater to endow the Fighting Irish program’s head coaching position, the first endowed coaching position in Notre Dame’s history.
Karen Robinson Keyes was a standout player for Notre Dame from 1987 to 1991 under Coach Muffet McGraw, whose position will now carry the title Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Karen’s husband, Kevin, was a varsity tennis player for the Irish and is now the president and a member of the board of directors of Annaly Capital Management.
“We are so very grateful to Karen and Kevin for this generous and groundbreaking gift,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “It is especially fitting, given the central role Karen played in the early success of a women’s basketball program that has become — on and off the court — one of the very best in the nation.”
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