• October 25, 2021

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw reaches 800 career victories in win over Pitt

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw earned her 800th career victory in the Fighting Irish’s 65-55 victory at Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. McGraw has a 34-year record of 800-263, including a 712-222 record in 29 seasons with the Fighting Irish.

She became the sixth-fastest Division I coach to reach the 800-win milestone, hitting the mark quicker than several other notable coaches including Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (1,064 games), recently-retired Georgia head coach Andy Landers (1,068 games) and North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (1,074 games), and nearly in lockstep with former Texas head coach Jody Conradt (1,062 games).

Four of the five Division I coaches who have reached 800 wins faster than McGraw are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma (928 games), former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (958 games), Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (997 games) and Conradt. The lone exception is Montana’s Robin Selvig (1,055 games).

McGraw is among 14 women’s basketball nominees on the ballot for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The four women’s basketball finalists for this year’s class will be revealed Feb. 12 during NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, with the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 unveiled April 4 during the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston. McGraw was enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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