Muffet McGraw abruptly retired Wednesday, stepping down from Notre Dame after a Corridor of Fame teaching profession that features two nationwide championships in 33 seasons.
She was anticipated to debate her determination throughout a late afternoon on-line information convention.
“It has been my nice honour to characterize the College of Notre Dame these previous 33 years, however the time has come for me to step down as your head basketball coach,” McGraw stated in an announcement.
McGraw is one among 5 Division I males’s or girls’s basketball coaches with no less than 930 wins, 9 Remaining Fours and a number of titles. Her nationwide championships had been received in 2001 and 2018.
“I’m happy with what we’ve achieved and I can flip the web page to the subsequent chapter in my life with no regrets, understanding that I gave it my finest each day,” McGraw stated.
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The Irish are coming off a uncommon down season because the younger, inexperienced group went 13-18 in this system’s first shedding season since 1991-92.
McGraw stated she plans to stay energetic within the college and native communities.
McGraw despatched 20 gamers to the WNBA throughout her teaching profession, together with Skylar Diggins-Smith, Kayla McBride, Arike Ogunbowale and Ruth Riley.
“There’s one thing about her that makes you wish to transfer a mountain for her. I consider it is how a lot she cares about her gamers,” Diggins-Smith stated.
The Irish reached 9 Remaining 4 and received 67 NCAA Event video games underneath McGraw. Notre Dame’s string of 24 consecutive NCAA Event appearances stays intact, per the NCAA’s ruling following the cancellation of this yr’s NCAA Event.
Earlier than coming to Notre Dame, McGraw obtained her begin as an assistant at her alma mater Saint Joseph’s earlier than taking up as head coach at Lehigh in 1982 till she left for the Irish after the 1987 season.
“Muffet has meant a lot to our sport for so long as I can bear in mind,” North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart stated. “As a lady, a mother, a pacesetter, and a nationwide champion, she was somebody so many might look as much as. … She cemented her legacy with how a lot she gave all the time again to the sport and needed extra alternatives for younger coaches to get into it.”