PHOENIX - Former Saint Joseph's women's basketball great Muffet McGraw '77 has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, organization officials announced on Saturday.
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 1980-82 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 29 years with the Fighting Irish, McGraw has led Notre Dame to seven Final Four appearances and to the 2001 NCAA National Championship.
The 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year and a two-time Associated Press Coach of the Year, McGraw currently ranks 11th all-time in wins among Division I head coaches 853 victories. A member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2011), Big 5 Hall of Fame (1990) and SJU Athletics Hall of Fame (2002), she was named the recipient of the 2017 Legends of Coaching Award by the John R. Wooden Award Committee this past October.
Joining McGraw in the Class of 2017 are Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, Robert Hughes, Jerry Krause, George McGinnis, Nikos Galis, Zack Clayton, Mannie Jackson and Tom Jernstedt. Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2017 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield,Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, September 7-9, 2017. Tickets for the various Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Enshrinement events are on sale at www.hoophall.com.