McGraw at the 2011 Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention in Indianapolis
|Sport(s)||Women's college basketball|
December 5, 1955|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1977–1979||Archbishop Carroll HS|
|1980–1982||Saint Joseph's (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2× NCAA Division I Tournament (2001, 2018) |
8× NCAA Regional – Final Four (1997, 2001, 2011–2015, 2018)
4× ACC Tournament (2014–2017)
5× ACC regular season (2014–2018)
Big East Tournament (2013)
3× Big East regular season (2001, 2012, 2013)
5× MCC Tournament (1989–1992, 1994)
5× MCC regular season (1989–1991, 1994, 1995)
ECC Tournament (1986)
ECC regular season (1986)
4× AP Coach of the Year (2001, 2013, 2014, 2018) |
3× WBCA Coach of the Year (2001, 2013, 2014)
3× USBWA Coach of the Year (2001, 2013, 2014)
3× Naismith Coach of the Year (2001, 2013, 2014)
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2017)
Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2017 (profile)
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Ann O'Brien "Muffet" McGraw (born December 5, 1955) is an American basketball coach, currently the head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame, where she has compiled an 800–229 (.777) record over 31 seasons. She has led her team to 8 Final Fours (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018), and won the National Championship in 2001 and 2018. McGraw has led the Irish to 24 NCAA tournament appearances including a current streak of 22 straight. In the current streak, Notre Dame made it to the second round in all but one of the appearances. McGraw graduated from Saint Joseph's University and briefly played professionally for the California Dreams of the Women's Professional Basketball League.
McGraw has compiled 50 wins over ranked opponents, including 40 over the last 8 seasons. Her teams appeared in the AP poll 139 times during her tenure. Notre Dame finished in the Top 3 of the Big East in 9 out of the 11 seasons they were in the league and finished in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all 4 seasons since they entered the conference. Notre Dame also received 11 consecutive Top 20 ranked recruiting classes. She is the 27th coach in NCAA history to win over 500 career games, and is currently the 10th head coach in NCAA Division I basketball history to reach 800 career wins.
McGraw was awarded the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year and the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2001. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2016, the John R Wooden award committee recognized McGraw with the 2017 Legends of Coaching Award.
On April 1, 2018 McGraw achieved her 800th career victory at Notre Dame with a win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the National Championship game, marking her second national title with the Fighting Irish. She holds a record of 888–270 (.767) over 36 years of coaching, the past 31 years at Notre Dame.
Awards and honors
- 1983 — East Coast Conference Coach of the Year
- 1988 — North Star Conference Coach of the Year
- 1991 — Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year
- 2001 — Naismith Coach of the Year
- 2001 — AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
- 2001 — Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year
- 2001 — Big East Conference Coach of the Year
- 2009 — Carol Eckman Award
- 2011 — Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- 2013 — Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year
- 2013 — AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
- 2013 — Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division I Coach of the Year
- 2013 — Big East Conference Coach of the Year
- 2014 — espnW Coach of the Year
- 2014 — AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
- 2014 — USBWA Coach of the Year 
- 2014 — Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year
- 2014 — ACC Coach of the Year
- 2016 — Legends of Coaching Award (2017)
- 2016 — ACC Coach of the Year
- 2017 — Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- 2018 — AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
Head coaching record
|Lehigh Engineers (East Coast Conference) (1982–1987)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (North Star Conference) (1987–1988)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1988–1995)|
|1988–89||Notre Dame||21–11||12–2||T-1st||WNIT Seventh Place|
|1990–91||Notre Dame||23–9||15–1||1st||WNIT Eighth Place|
|1991–92||Notre Dame||14–17||8–4||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1993–94||Notre Dame||22–7||10–2||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1994–95||Notre Dame||21–10||15–1||1st||WNIT Third Place|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (1995–2013)|
|1995–96||Notre Dame||23–8||15–3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1996–97||Notre Dame||31–7||17–1||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|1997–98||Notre Dame||22–10||12–6||T-4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1998–99||Notre Dame||26–5||15–3||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1999–00||Notre Dame||27–5||15–1||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2000–01||Notre Dame||34–2||15–1||T-1st||NCAA Champions|
|2001–02||Notre Dame||20–10||13–3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2002–03||Notre Dame||21–11||10–6||T-5th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2003–04||Notre Dame||21–11||12–4||T-2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2004–05||Notre Dame||27–6||13–3||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2005–06||Notre Dame||18–12||8–8||10th||NCAA First Round|
|2006–07||Notre Dame||20–12||10–6||T-5th||NCAA Second Round|
|2007–08||Notre Dame||25–9||11–5||4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008–09||Notre Dame||22–9||10–6||T-4th||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Notre Dame||29–6||12–4||T-4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2010–11||Notre Dame||31–8||13–3||T-2nd||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2011–12||Notre Dame||35–4||15–1||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2012–13||Notre Dame||35–2||16–0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013–14||Notre Dame||37–1||16–0||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2014–15||Notre Dame||36–3||15–1||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2015–16||Notre Dame||33–2||16–0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2016–17||Notre Dame||33–4||15–1||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2017–18||Notre Dame||35–3||15–1||T-1st||NCAA Champions|
|Notre Dame:||800–229 (.777)||404–85 (.826)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Naismith College Coach of the Year". Atlanta Tipoff Club. Archived from the original on March 2, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "USBWA WOMEN'S HONORS". USBWA. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
- "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- "Muffet McGraw". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 5, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- WNDU. "Muffet McGraw Named 2017 Wooden Legends of Coaching Award Recipient". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- "Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is AP Coach of the Year". CNS News. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
- "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Muffet McGraw Sweeps National Coach Of The Year Honors". Notre Dame Athletics. April 9, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- Smith, Michelle (March 14, 2014). "Stewart is espnW player of the year". ESPN. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- "Breanna Stewart wins as sophomore". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
- "U.S. BASKETBALL WRITERS AWARDS". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "Muffet McGraw – University of Notre Dame Official Athletics Site". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2011-04-05.