Notre Dame coach McGraw retires after 33 seasons

4/22/2020 3:57:42 PM EST

Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw announced her retirement Wednesday after 33 seasons at Notre Dame.

Former Fighting Irish assistant coach and player Niele Ivey will take over the program for 2020-21.

McGraw, 64, compiled an 848-252 record at Notre Dame from 1987-2020 and guided the team to 26 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine Final Fours and two national championships in 2001 and 2018.

"It has been my great honor to represent the University of Notre Dame these past 33 years, but the time has come for me to step down as your head basketball coach," McGraw said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"... I am grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business, and I have been blessed to coach so many phenomenal women. To the best fans in the country, it was my honor and privilege to play for you."

McGraw posted an 88-41 record at Lehigh from 1982-87 before taking the reins in South Bend.

Her 936 total wins rank sixth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches.

McGraw was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

"I am proud of what we have accomplished and I can turn the page to the next chapter in my life with no regrets, knowing that I gave it my best every day," McGraw said.

Ivey, 42, was an All-American point guard under McGraw from 1997-2001. She has been to nine Final Fours, including seven as an assistant coach.

She spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

"I am so honored to be able to follow in the legacy that Coach McGraw built here at Notre Dame," Ivey said in a statement. "My love and appreciation for Coach McGraw is beyond anything I can express. She's more than a mentor, more than a friend, she's one of the most influential people in my life."

--Field Level Media

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