Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw takes her place among basketball's best at Hall of Fame

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Stepping through the doors of Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) High School to begin her coaching career four decades ago, Muffet McGraw had no plans of ever leaving.

How could life be any better? McGraw was working in Philadelphia near her hometown of West Chester, Pa. She was close to family and doing what she loved — coaching basketball.

“That was it,” McGraw said from her corner office at the University of Notre Dame’s Joyce Center. “That was all I wanted.”

Two years in, McGraw wondered. If she could coach high school, what about college? She returned to her alma mater — Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) University — where she worked as an assistant two more years for Jim Foster, one of her mentors who went on to great success in women’s college basketball.

Today, years after launching her coaching career and pushing Notre Dame's women's basketball team to new heights, McGraw will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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Notre Dame and coach Muffet McGraw won a national championship in 2001. On Friday, she will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (AP File Photo)