KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Former Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball standout and current Notre Dame head coach, Muffet McGraw, was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this past Saturday night at the Bijou Theatre. McGraw was one of six inductees in the Class of 2011 and is the first Saint Joseph’s alum to earn the distinction.
One of the founding members of Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball program, McGraw (nee O’Brien) guided the Hawks’ offense from 1973-77 as they began play as a Division I team. Serving as team captain as a junior and a senior, McGraw averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game over her four-year career. During her four years on Hawk Hill, Saint Joseph’s posted an astounding 60-11 record, finished third in Eastern Region of the AIAW Tournament in 1976, while placing second in Eastern Region in 1977 and eventually finishing sixth place at the national tournament.
A 1977 graduate of Saint Joseph’s, McGraw served as head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School for two years before taking an assistant coaching spot on Hawk Hill from 1980-81 under Jim Foster. She was named head coach at Lehigh in 1982 and posted an 88-41 record over five seasons before taking over the reigns at Notre Dame. Over her 24 years with the Fighting Irish, McGraw has posted a 556-211 record, led Notre Dame to three Final Four appearances (1997, 2001 and 2011) and to the 2001 NCAA National Championship.
A native of West Chester, Pa., McGraw was enshrined into the Saint Joseph’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986, the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Saint Joseph’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
She was joined by Val Ackerman, Ruthie Bolton, Vicky Bullett, Pearl Moore and Lometa Odom in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 inductees.