The elite coaches, the very best in their field, become synonymous with their programs.
Pat Summitt and Tennessee, for example, or Geno Auriemma and UConn. The newest member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame fit the bill.
If you look at McGraw's bio on Notre Dame's website, the very top line is a quote from former Notre Dame athletic director Gene Corrigan when McGraw was hired in 1987:
""If we searched for an entire year. I don't think we would find anyone better suited for our program."
He could have said 30 years and he would have been right! Over 750+ wins and 30 years later McGraw is still a dynamo; the type of coach that demands excellence on and off the court, and pushes her student-athletes to be strong, diversified and dynamic women.
It is a pleasure to salute McGraw on her induction into the Hall of Fame with two of her very best players. Both have had tremendous success on and off the court, and personify the coaching career and achievements with student athletes achieved by McGraw..
First, we chat with San Antonio Stars General Manager Ruth Riley, the Most Outstanding Player when Notre Dame won McGraw's 2001 national championship.
Then, after a recent game in Connecticut, we talked with Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins, who helped trigger the resurgence of Notre Dame to the Final Four caliber team every season that it is now.
Congratulations on induction into Springfield Coach McGraw. It seems like another perfect fit.
Enjoy the podcast!