Muffet McGraw Hall of Fame is retiring as a women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame after 33 years, it was announced on Wednesday.
She will be replaced by Niele Ivey, a former Notre Dame player and assistant coach under McGraw.
McGraw, 64, will announce his retirement at a virtual press conference at 4:30 p.m. AND Wednesday.
“It has been a great honor to represent the University of Notre Dame for the past 33 years, but the time has come for me to resign from your position as head basketball coach,” McGraw said in a statement.
“… I am grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business, and I have been fortunate to have coached so many phenomenal women. For the best fans in the country, I had the honor and privilege of playing for you. “
McGraw has a record 848-252 at Notre Dame and led the school to the national championships in 2001 and 2018.
She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 – the 13th coach to win this honor. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Her career in 936 took sixth place overall among Division I coaches.
McGraw is one of five NCAA Division I male and female basketball coaches with at least 930 wins, nine finals and four titles. The others are Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, Geno Auriemma and Duke’s male coach Mike Krzyzewski.
As McGraw walks away from the court, Notre Dame said she would remain active in the university and local communities.
“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 have done my best every day,” said McGraw.
Ivey has made nine appearances in the Final Four with Notre Dame – two as a player and seven as an assistant coach. She was an assistant coach of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies last season.
“I am so honored to be able to follow the legacy that Coach McGraw has built here in Notre Dame,” Ivey said in a statement. “My love and appreciation for Coach McGraw exceeds anything I can express. She is more than a mentor, more than a friend, she is one of the most influential people in my life.
“I am grateful for Coach McGraw and what she has done for me. She was the first to give me the opportunity to play for Notre Dame and the coach here as well. I will always be grateful for her love and support. I would also like to thank Jack Swarbrick and Father Jenkins for having the faith to move this program forward with me. I cannot thank you enough for this incredible opportunity. “