Muffet McGraw Bio
Muffet McGraw is an American basketball coach, currently the head women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame, where she has compiled a 905–272 record over 32 seasons.
She has led her team to nine Final Fours and seven championship game appearances and won the National Championship in 2001 and 2018.
Born: December 5, 1955 (age 63 years), Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States
Nickname: Little Miss Muffet
Spouse: Matt McGraw (m. 1977)
Record: 819–230 (.781)
Title: Head coach
Muffet McGraw was born on 5 December 1955 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States. She is an American basketball coach
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 tied as the eighth 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.
On December 30, 2018, she notched her 900th career win against Lehigh, the team at which she began her collegiate coaching career in 1982.