Muffet McGraw

Head Coach of University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball


Ann “Muffet” McGraw has just finished her 27th season (32nd overall) as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame – a season that included a trip to the national championship game. Her program is known for consistency and excellence. In July 2012, the veteran head coach signed a landmark 10-year contract extension (believed to be among the longest contract agreements in NCAA women’s basketball history) that will keep her patrolling the Fighting Irish sidelines through the 2021-22 campaign.

Under McGraw, the Fighting Irish have made four trips to the NCAA Division I national championship game. McGraw led Notre Dame to the 2001 national championship by beating Purdue in the title game. She is one of just three active Division I coaches (and seven all-time) who can boast at least three appearances in the NCAA national championship game.

McGraw has 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including a current string of 19 consecutive tournament berths (the sixth-longest active run and eighth-longest streak at any time in NCAA tournament history). During this current streak (1996-2014), Notre Dame has won at least one NCAA postseason game 17 times.

Six-time conference Coach of the year, most recently collecting her first ACC Coach of the Year trophy in 2014, McGraw has earned top coaching honors in five different conferences during her career (the past four while at Notre Dame), having also garnered accolades in the east Coast (1983 – at Lehigh), North Star (1988), Midwestern Collegiate/Horizon League (1991) and Big East (2001, 2013) conferences.

On June 11, 2011, McGraw became the first representative of Notre Dame to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

McGraw and her husband, Matt, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary in 2013 and make their home in Granger, Indiana. They have one son.