Notre Dame Athletics | April 23, 2020
“If we searched for an entire year. I don’t think we would find anyone better suited for our program.”
On May 18, 1987, the late former Notre Dame Director of Athletics Gene Corrigan uttered those words when he announced the hiring of Muffet McGraw as the third head coach of the Fighting Irish women’s basketball program.
Now, 33 seasons, two national championships and a hall of fame career later, Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Muffet McGraw will step down from her post. McGraw will officially announce her retirement from coaching on Wednesday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET as part of a virtual press conference.
“It has been my great honor to represent the University of Notre Dame these past 33 years, but the time has come for me to step down as your head basketball coach,” McGraw stated. “I want to thank Monk Malloy and Father Jenkins for giving me the opportunity to coach the game I love at a university I love. I have learned much about leadership from the many athletic directors with whom I have served, and in particular, I want to thank Jack Swarbrick for his unwavering support.
“I am grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business, and I have been blessed to coach so many phenomenal women.
“To the best fans in the country, it was my honor and privilege to play for you.”
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