|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|
|NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship (2001)|
|Naismith Coach of the Year (2001)
2× (USBWA) Coach of the Year (2001, 2014)
WBCA Coach of the Year
2× AP Coach of the Year (2013, 2014)
|Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2017 (profile)
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Ann O'Brien McGraw (born December 5, 1955), better known as Muffet McGraw, is currently the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Notre Dame. In 27 seasons at Notre Dame, she compiled a 662–217 (.753) record. She led her team to 7 Final Fours (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), and won the National Championship in 2001 against Purdue. Notre Dame has made it to the fourth round of the tournament 6 out of the last 11 seasons (through the 2013 tournament), and had 20-win seasons in 13 out of the past 14 seasons. McGraw 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 have been 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.
On February 5, 2013 McGraw achieved her 700th career victory with a win over the Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia, her hometown, by a score of 59–52, making her the 13th coach in Division 1 history to reach the 700 win milestone. She holds a record of 700–257 (.739) over 31 years of coaching, the past 26 years at Notre Dame.
In 2016, the John R Wooden award committee recognize McGraw with the 2017 Legends of Coaching Award. This award is presented annually to a college basketball coach who "exemplifies Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement".
Awards and honors
- 2001—Naismith Coach of the Year
- 2001—AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
- 2001—Russell Athletic/WBCA National 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
- 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
- 2016—Legends of Coaching Award (2017)
- 2017—Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
|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||7th in WNIT|
|1990–91||Notre Dame||23–9||15–1||1st||8th in WNIT|
|1991–92||Notre Dame||14–17||8–4||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1993–94||Notre Dame||22–7||10–2||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1994–95||Notre Dame||21–10||15–1||1st||3rd in WNIT|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (1995–2013)|
|1995–96||Notre Dame||23–8||15–3||2nd||NCAA 2nd 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 2nd 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 2nd 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 2nd Round|
|2005–06||Notre Dame||18–12||8–8||10th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–07||Notre Dame||20–12||10–6||T-5th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2007–08||Notre Dame||25–9||11–5||4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008–09||Notre Dame||22–9||10–6||T-4th||NCAA 1st 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|
|Notre Dame:||765–225 (.773)||389–84 (.822)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- "Naismith College Coach of the Year". Atlanta Tipoff Club. 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.
- 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. 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.
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