Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was named winner of the 2014 Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. McGraw is only the third women’s college basketball coach in history to win the award three or more times (she also won in 2001 and 2013).
McGraw was chosen from a group of finalists that included Geno Auriemma, University of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and North Carolina State University coach Wes Moore. She was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, which based its criteria on the coaches’ performances throughout the 2013-14 women’s college basketball season.
McGraw led the Irish to their best start and longest winning streak in program history. The Irish are 37-0 and set to play UConn (39-0) for the championship on Tuesday, April 8 – the first title matchup featuring two undefeated teams in NCAA history.
Notre Dame went 16-0 in the ACC, and won both the conference regular season and tournament titles, becoming the first ACC school ever to win the league title in its first season in the conference.
Notre Dame defeated Baylor to earn their fourth straight Final Four berth. The victory over Baylor was their first in five meetings.
The Irish have made the NCAA Tournament 24 of the 27 years of McGraw’s tenure with Notre Dame.
Named unanimous choice as ACC Coach of the Year, the sixth time in her career she’s been a conference Coach of the Year and second year in a row (also BIG EAST in 2013).