Notre Dame Athletics | January 28, 2020
Gene Corrigan, Notre Dame’s seventh director of athletics, passed away at the age of 91. Corrigan served in the post from 1981-87, inheriting the position following the 32-year tenure of Edward “Moose” Krause.
Corrigan departed Notre Dame in 1987 for an eight-year stint as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference before serving as president of the NCAA from 1995-97.
“As a coach, athletic director, commissioner and NCAA president, Gene’s impact on countless students, coaches and athletic administrators was unprecedented, and I am privileged to be among that number,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “From my earliest engagement with the NCAA some 30 years ago through my time as Notre Dame’s director of athletics, Gene could always be counted on for great counsel and an encouraging word. Now more than ever, college athletics needs leaders like Gene Corrigan; he will be greatly missed.”
One varsity head coach hired by Corrigan remains at Notre Dame, Kevin and Karen Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Muffet McGraw.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity Gene gave me when he hired me and his support for women’s athletics,” said McGraw upon Corrigan’s passing. “I had such a great respect for him. He was so highly admired in all of sport and he always inspired people to be their best. He’s a great role model for coaches to look up to.”
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