Muffet McGraw steps down as Notre Dame women’s basketball coach; Niele Ivey returns to Irish

Muffet McGraw revealed Wednesday that she is stepping down as Notre Dame’s women’s basketball coach.

McGraw coached at Notre Dame for 33 years, ending up with a record of 848-252 and a set of championship games, in 2001 and 2018.

“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 in a declaration on Twitter.

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McGraw made 9 Final 4 looks with Notre Dame, consisting of 2 as a gamer.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished and I can turn the page to the next chapter in my life with no regrets, knowing that I gave it my best every day,” McGraw stated.

Niele Ivey, a former gamer and assistant under McGraw, will end up being the brand-newhead coach She was an All-American and led Notre Dame to the title as a senior in2001 Ivey went on to play 5 seasons in the WNBA, assisting the Indiana Fever to their first playoff berth in franchise history in2002 She later on served as an assistant on McGraw’s personnel, contributing to the 2018 championship team.

“I am so honored to be able to follow in the legacy that Coach McGraw built here at Notre Dame,” Ivey stated in a declaration. “My love and gratitude for Coach McGraw is beyond anything I can reveal. She’s more than a coach, more than a good friend — she is among the most prominent people in my life.

” I am full of thankfulness for Coach McGraw and what she has actually provided for me. She was the first to provide me a chance to play for Notre Dame and coach here as well. I will permanently be grateful for her love and assistance. I would likewise like to thank Jack Swarbrick and Daddy Jenkins for having the faith to move this program forward with me. I can never ever thank you enough for this unbelievable chance.”

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