Carol Elliott | March 19, 2021
Muffet McGraw said that this is the most important thing she did as a coach:
“Every year, I gather my team in a circle and I say, ‘The only people whose opinion I respect are you. This is it. This is my circle. I don’t care what anybody else says.’”
The former Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach made the comment in response to a question asked during a talk for the Mendoza Women in Business Club, a group consisting primarily of graduate business students for the purpose of fostering a strong and supportive community of prospective and current students and Mendoza alumnae.
During the hour-long session conducted via Zoom, McGraw — probably one of the most critiqued female coaches on the planet, from her coaching record to her footwear — discussed topics ranging from gender inequities in sports leadership, the need for more women CEOs, the evolution of her leadership style, Geno Auriemma, the question that men never get asked (“How do you balance your professional life and your family life?”) and why gathering her team in a circle was the most important thing she did.
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