ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw
is the 2012-13 recipient of the Women's National Coach of
the Year Award, presented annually by the U.S.
Basketball Writers Association.
McGraw, who last won the award in 2001 the year she led the Irish
to the NCAA title, will be recognized by the USBWA on Sun., April
7, at a 4:30 p.m. ET awards presentation in the New Orleans Sports
Arena in advance of the NCAA Women's Final Four, which will begin
at the venue two hours later.
The winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Women's Player
of the Year will also be announced in New Orleans at that time while
the Pat Summitt most courageous women's honoree will also be cited
with Summitt's son Tyler, now an assistant women coach at Marquette,
helping to make the presentation.
Though McGraw lost four key seniors (who accounted for 40 percent
of the Irish's scoring and rebounding), including three starters
from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA national championship
game for the second consecutive season, McGraw, a former standout
at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia in the mid 1970s, has her program
right back in the national semifinals again this weekend.
Heading to meet Big East rival Connecticut this weekend for the
third straight season, Notre Dame has already beaten the Huskies
by a narrow margin in three previous meetings, including the Big
East championship. Notre Dame is 12-1 against ranked teams this
season and 6-1 against the Top 10, including the three wins over
UConn and a loss to Baylor.
"We've made it to this stage in the season because of Coach McGraw,"
two-time USBWA All-American senior Skylar Diggins said. "She's the
reason. She's a great coach. She has a great basketball IQ. She
knows what to do with her players, and she knows how to motivate
her players. For me personally, she makes it easy for me, because
she just allows me to play my game."
Added Associate Head Coach Carol Owens,
"I think coach McGraw is a tremendous student of the game. She is
persistent on finding a way, constantly watching film. She's good
with collaboration with the staff and the players on what works.
She studies the game a lot, and is just one of the great minds in
college basketball, in my opinion. She showed this year that you
can lose a large bulk of your scoring, and come back and be in the
position we're in right now."
McGraw was named the Big East Coach of the Year, her second such
award since 2001 as her team went 16-0 through the Big East and
won the conference tournament title.
The Women's National Coach of the Year Award
is voted on by all members of the USBWA at the conclusion of the
regular season. The USBWA has presented a National Coach of the
Year Award each year since the 1989-90 season.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
All-Time USBWA Coaches of the Year
1991 Debbie Ryan, Virginia
1993 Jim Foster, Vanderbilt
1994 Ceal Barry,
1995 Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
1996 Leon Barmore,
1997 Wendy Lary, Old Dominion
1998 Pat Summitt,
1999 Carolyn Peck, Purdue
2000 Andy Landers, Georgia
2001 Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
2002 Brenda Oldfield, Minnesota
2003 Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
2004 Joe Curl, Houston
Pokey Chatman, LSU
2006 Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina
Gail Goestenkors, Duke
2008 Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
2010 Connie Yori, Nebraska
Kim Mulkey, Baylor
2012 Kim Mulkey, Baylor
2013 Muffet McGraw,
All-time USBWA women's honors