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Muffet McGraw evolved, then exited on her own terms

Tony Katz and the Morning News

00:31 sec | 1 year ago

Muffet McGraw evolved, then exited on her own terms

"Legendary Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw is retiring the hall of Famer spent thirty three years in south bend and led the Irish to two national titles she will be replaced by former Irish player and assistant ni L. IV and McGraw had high praise for her successor he is somebody that just people are attracted to she's got a smile that lights up the gym she's so fun to be around and yet she can flip the switch and be serious and intense as anyone in the gym IT was an Irish assistant for seventeen years before spending last season with the NBA's Memphis

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Muffet McGraw retires as Notre Dame women's basketball coach

Kentuckiana's Morning News

00:52 sec | 1 year ago

Muffet McGraw retires as Notre Dame women's basketball coach

"Women's college basketball two years removed from winning her second national championship Muffet McGraw shocked the women's college basketball world yesterday announcing her retirement from the university of Notre Dame and well could the covert nineteen pandemic had something to do with it I felt really good about the solitude and I think people were wondering if it was like climbing the walls what what was I doing at home was it driving my crazy you know we we've really enjoyed this time and it gave me a great chance to reflect and see what's really important you know obviously things like this happen in you know tomorrow is promised to no one what is your life going to look like down the road and we want to continue to enjoy it so I'm excited about knowing that I can handle not having basketball my life the sixty four year old McGraw became the thirteenth woman inducted into the Naismith memorial basketball hall of fame on to Iran in two thousand and seventeen when nine hundred and thirty six

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM

WHAS 840 AM

01:38 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM

"Coach Tom Allen he took to the internet yesterday talking to fans and media sort of about what kind of personal changes he's going to take forward with him from this experience concept has a lot of merit in terms of maximizing our time and our schedules I've talked about with our staff and could you talk about ways moving forward in the future we can they utilized zoom call with our staff to simulate a staff meeting and I have to all be in the office working at a certain time of the year time management it's been something I've really taken us take a step back and evaluate and women's college basketball two years removed from winning her second national championship Muffet McGraw shocked the women's college basketball world yesterday announcing her retirement from the university of Notre Dame and well could the covert nineteen pandemic had something to do with it I felt really good about the solitude and I think people were wondering if it was like climbing the walls what what was I doing at home was it driving my crazy you know we we've really enjoyed this time and it gave me a great chance to reflect and see what's really important you know obviously things like this happen in you know tomorrow is promised to no one what is your life going to look like down the road and we want to continue to enjoy it so I'm excited about knowing that I can handle not having basketball my life the sixty four year old McGraw became the thirteenth woman inducted into the Naismith memorial basketball hall of fame on to Iran in two thousand and seventeen when nine hundred and thirty six games rob today was sports now on news radio eight forty WHAS with the true story that could save you hundreds of dollars a year a woman named Linda just called her husband ray has a three hundred thousand dollar group.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

03:08 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

"Muffet McGraw before the twenty nineteen of final championship game McGraw two national championships in her time coaching forty four seasons with the Irish much more on the changes of Notre Dame coming up on goal to win gold Muffet McGraw will join the show eight thirty eastern time sports general like ESPN radio to have to be willing to adapt to have to be prepared to adapt you can't expect or anticipate every move but your job is to try to be as prepared as possible so we do that we'll continue to do that we will make sure that we're putting our players safe and stay in a safe position our coaches our birth team personnel everybody partners and will make sure that those are the issues that will put first and it automatically it'll probably come down to a leak in a you know an honor decision we'll see if there's an official action this fall commissioner Roger Goodell earlier on ESPN saying it'll be up to the owners essentially reaction on get up yeah I mean I think he said all the right things and they're going to do the right things and I fell seems that handle this process as well as any of the professional if they have a good portion of it not overlapping with their season at least immediately I know they got some criticism for going for with the draft but I think most people appreciate that they're going for with the draft because it's nothing that they can do to because the anti pandemic is gonna impact at all and anytime there's some sort of TV production NFL always has a high quality of our high production quality so I expect that they're going to have some nice little bands in here they're not going to try to content conducted graph normally and just do it with like we're going to go out and see the guys and maybe see Roger I suspect that they're gonna have some nice little Easter eggs kind of sewn into the production we're going to come away from this remember yes that's unique special grab hopefully one will never have to do again but I don't think it's going to be a bad production by any stretch it'll be something that'll be fun and different and if there are some hiccups I hope that NFL leans into it and I doesn't pretend like we expected to be perfect because I think we all understand that the interesting times cumbersome interesting measures and are going to be some mistakes but overall I think it's gonna be fun yeah they're also conducting what they will call a trap the thought for the raising for a variety of very important charities during this this this unprecedented time of the pandemic wrecks and he didn't get into any specifics on what may have to happen but just give me a sense of a coaching standpoint of the way you're preparing right now if you are thinking to yourself well we may have training camp on time we may not we may have this season starting on time we may not we may have a full year we may not what a coach is dealing with right now well Gradius sounds crazy but really your preparation nothing's really changed with the exception by the way you're at home but all your video stuff everything's been done all your practice plans everything's done and then it's like okay Hey we've got to go to this file we we can't we're not going to have our many camps now we're not gonna have this training camps are going to start on time whatever it is you're going to be prepared you've had time and years stabs you know and obviously had all that time up until everybody was sent home but I can tell you this right now that they had communication with each other with the staff every single day so there's still work and they're still planning and it's whenever it's ready to go in that way and it's like okay we can have it right now they're going to.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

01:43 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

"I'm Judy Reynolds there was no final four this year abroad many college careers to an end among them the tenure of Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame the hall of Famer opting to retire capping a career which includes nine hundred thirty six wins and two national championships over the course of thirty three seasons although I have a long term contract I think every years really since the championship here I have looked and said you know let's take one more year let's take it one year at a time and looking ahead it was excited about the next season so this year at the end of the season once again I looked at it as I did last year with five players going off to the draft I think a lot of people thought maybe this is the year that she should retire but when I looked ahead to what we had coming back I knew that it was going to be a challenging season and I thought where's the honor in that if I leave now so I I really wasn't ready anyway so I put in for one more year and now looking ahead to know we have a great recruiting class coming in were ranked in the top twenty five in the preseason poll and I think the program is right back where it should be and poised to make another run to the final four so I feel like I'm leaving the program in a good place and also a chance for me to do something else turn the page read a new chapter and look at doing something else welcome to draw who stole headlines in last year's final four when the talk turned to gender she'd been the only female head coach of the twenty eighteen final four last year was quoted as saying people are hiring too many men to coach women's college sports she was asked if you plan to hire another male assistant a one word answer now the discussion continued leading up to last year's championship game how.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

04:44 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

"Sudden halt last month this month Wednesday a sudden halt to Muffet McGraw's coaching career at least of Notre Dame it is my great honor to represent the university of Notre Dame these past thirty three years but the time has come for me to step down as your head coach I want to thank month following father Jenkins for giving me the opportunity to coach the game I love at a university I love I've learned much about leadership from the many athletic directors with whom I have served and in particular I want to thank Jack Swarbrick for his unwavering support I'm grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business and I am blessed 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 Matt and I want to thank everyone who has touched our lives and shared a part of our amazing journey and we will treasure the memories for the rest of our lives Muffet McGraw a member of the basketball hall of fame in Springfield so is ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo well for me when we talk about coaches it's usually how their players talk about them and her players once they leave Notre Dame entered the W. NBA or wherever they talk about which will grow the same way summits players talked about her or the way you players talk about him they love the experience they had when they were playing for her and they revere for and and and and talk about her as a person who really boulder them not only on the court or off the porch she's had such a huge impact on the web man who play for her and we saw two years ago at the final four when she was talking about the opportunities for women in coaching basketball and in the workplace and was such a strong voice and being a proponent for for women and you know I think that's one of the biggest legacy she leaves inside you know what she has done for so many women in and out of the game interesting that she said it's been a while she's been kind of going year to year to determine if she wants to come back as head coach now this is the right time for her and I think she's handing it off to someone she really trusted mail ID one of her former players long time assistant coach what do you know about Neil well that she's been along side of coach McGraw for so many years when international championships for her when she was playing in college and so many years on our staff and I think a lot of people were actually surprised a year ago when he L. went and then became an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies just because everyone expected her to be the natural successor too much it was just a matter of when that was going to happen so while there was certainly a shock in the women's basketball community today see that much of a problem is retiring there was zero surprise to see who would take the job next because it seemed like the L. in being groomed for that and for a really long time south Muffet McGraw one of five division one basketball coach is male or female with at least nine hundred thirty wins nine final fours and multiple titles and she's definitely someone who will share her opinion especially if it's to advocate for greater equality for women earlier on Spain company service managers in golf she's never been shy on speaking about things that other coaches frankly would shut up about she's never been shy in and going back to her saying that cheating is going on in the women's basketball game and she wants people to know it and she's she's talked about the cheating in men's basketball so she's never really been shy and it seems like she is a person who has other interests and those other interests will be fulfilled now going forward yeah it's interesting when you look at the commentary from those who played for her that it's not just the the usual conversations about a coach taught me how to be a leader taught me how to play you know Tommy team work all that other stuff Ruth Riley who made the winning free throws for Notre Dame in the one national title game culture a pioneer a trailblazer a fierce competitor a champion a leader and an advocate for women's empowerment and equality and then re Gigaba walling famously was part of Notre Dame's twenty eighteen national championship that I've learned so much for her she empowers women and empowers us to use our platforms for good so she was clearly much more to them than just a coach or someone who who led them in the basketball world I think we all heard that a couple years ago back in the let's see April of twenty nineteen she kind of went on a rant when she was asked about the something she had said about hiring female coaches in a in a Lindsay Gibbs story for think progress and expanded on that and this went viral and I think when you hear her speak here this might be a sort of hint at what she might have been our future weather that's running for political office whether that's trying to make sweeping changes across the board in athletics or in society in general when it comes to women we will see what's in the future for Muffet McGraw now that she's no longer learning head coach announcing her retirement.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

01:45 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP

"J. Reynolds there was no final four this year abroad many college careers to an end among them the tenure of Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame the hall of Famer opting to retire capping a career which includes nine hundred thirty six wins and two national championships over the course of thirty three seasons although I have a long term contract I think every years really since the championship here I have looked and said you know let's take one more year let's take it one year at a time and looking ahead they always excited about the next season so this year at the end of the season once again I looked at it as I did last year with five players going off to the draft I think a lot of people thought maybe this is the year that she should retire but when I looked ahead to what we had coming back I knew that it was going to be a challenging season and I thought where's the honor in that if I leave now so I I really wasn't ready anyway so I put in for one more year and now looking ahead to know we have a great recruiting class coming in were ranked in the top twenty five in the preseason poll and I think the program is right back where it should be and poised to make another run to the final four so I feel like I'm leaving the program in a good place and also a chance for me to do something else turn the page read a new chapter and look at doing something else welcome to draw who stole headlines in last year's final four when the talk turned to gender she'd been the only female head coach of the twenty eighteen final four last year was quoted as saying people are hiring too many men to coach women's college sports she was asked if she planned to hire another male assistant a one word answer no the discussion continued leading up to last year's championship game how are these young women looking up and seeing someone.

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Irish's McGraw retires after Hall of Fame career

Waddle & Silvy

00:29 sec | 1 year ago

Irish's McGraw retires after Hall of Fame career

"All hall of fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw has stepped down as Notre Dame's coach she will retire after winning two national championships in thirty three years with the Irish shoes the thirteenth woman inducted into the Naismith Naismith memorial basketball hall of fame in two thousand and seventeen she won nine hundred and thirty six games in her career a hundred forty two of those at Notre Dame she was one of the biggest stars of all college women's college basketball so she has decided to

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

08:41 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"Talent is incredibly common. We have talent walk through the door. All the time discipline is incredibly rare. Very rarely. Are we going to have an athlete that walks in here. That is at the top of their talent level and has also incredibly disciplined. So when you combine those two things that's when you really get elite. What what I really like to see as I like to see an athlete that performs at a really high level and they come in the weight room and a absorbed. What I'm telling them. They push themselves to their potential. Toma athletes all the time. There was a lot going on in everybody's lives. You're not going to walk into a training session and be at your peak every single time. Nobody ever expects that. It's gotta be okay to fail a little bit in my setting howdy. You put that into somebody to. Who's would normally be encouraging to be demanding. Yeah that's really hard. I think you can't change your personality. And so that's why we have more than one. Captain we try to have different personalities. So that you can't be the bad guy all the time and I think for me I used to have to be the bad guy all the time now. I spread it around my staff. I don't WanNa be the bad guy today. The Positive One. Today introverts extroverts. You have people that are really willing to stand up and talk skyler. Diggins was one of the best captains we ever had. She would grab you by the Jersey and put you in your place immediately. And then after the game everything would be great because they know she just wants to win. That's all that's all they have to know. And so my question to the captain's is always. Do you WanNa win or do you want to be liked. Could you can't have it. Both ways and girls have a really hard time with not being liked. Can you see selfishness on a practice court? We've been really fortunate. And then I think women. In general were very unselfish by nature. We are great collaborators. Were team players. I think that's probably the one thing I've never really had to worry at. And I think the other thing is that when you have a score like we had a reggae OGM Awali. She was a tremendous score and she had over one hundred assists which is great for guard. That's not a point guard. And she was somebody that she liked to shoot and everybody knew but that's her job. Her job is to score. So that's that's just being that's your win. Yeah I think your team your team chemistry. Everything that happens in the locker room If you have a team that split there's some jealousy you're some kind of division. You're not going to be successful in so in recruiting. We're always looking for unselfish. That number one. We want people that want to win. That don't care about how many points to have you're looking at the stat sheet immediately after the game to see how many points and I have what you know. What is my stat line? Look like that's not the kind of player I want. I want the one is saint. How many assisted I have. And how many rebounds did I have so many things that I look for? You know that. Have nothing really to do with the actual skill of the game. 'cause we want leaders and we want people that that the girls are gonNA respect and the unselfish part. I think is really big too. But you have to be competitive and kids today. I don't think are competitive. And so we're trying to find those ones that really want to win. That just hate losing. Because I don't WanNa be the only one in the locker room crying after a loss I want. I want to look around and see. Everybody feels the same way. And do you ever push people past where somebody else's like comparing them. Yeah to other players. I really try not to do that. But I look nationally and I'll say I'm looking at the All Americans. And here's some of their stats. Are you interested? Do you want to see their percentages comparison? You did that. I think you're better but I'm just talking about the voters. Good players. They want that competitiveness. They they WANNA be compared to the best in the country and so you know maybe they have a good game and kill. Mcbride's great example. This she was a player who wasn't probably a top recruit coming in. She was ranked. Maybe the top forty but not like a top ten player and I thought she had a lot of potential so she would have a game in. Maybe she'd have eighteen or twenty points and look this stat sheet and say two rebounds. You had two rebounds look at the best players in the country. You can't be one dimensional. You have to be able to do more than one thing. So I think not letting people be content with where they are and showing them that you can be so much more than that. Kayla was one who and she graduated said. You push me further than I thought I could go. I didn't think I could do it. And you kept pushing me to do and so I know way they know I've confidence in them and they know I believe in them and I think that helps but I think never letting them be content with where they are nice job percent one. Here's comedy air. You Go. That's better year at the bottom of league standings now and there's going to be tournament so you got shot right. How own do you prepare for this last stretch if we continue to get better than we go into the tournament with a little better seed than what? We're at right now. So that's that's our first goal. GotTa move up in the standings and the losses don't change if you keep winning you can even that out and I know it's funny because you fail every day you found something every day you make bad choices. There's so many things that you can look back on. Say What did I do that you know I? After every game I look at the film coach. You know what I stop her out. What did I put her in? Why didn't I press? Why did I do this or that? So I think he can fail in small ways but We're failing in a big way this year. And that's that's been hard to take and so as people have told me in some of the messages getting his. You know people are still looking at you as a role model. So how you're handling this people watching that and you forget about that because you get in your own bubble and you just you feel like I'm just just so bad right now. How do we fix this? So when I'm not fixing it I feel like I'm letting the team down. I'm letting the fans down a school down on leading the university down the community. I mean I'm just I'm taking it so personally and I've learned that you can't you can't take it personally because it's GonNa make you stronger and especially when we've had success we know what it looks like. We know what it feels like. Failure is Is a mindset of growth that you have to say here's what. I did wrong now. We didn't do work on the fundamentals enough. I think when you can see a way out in makes it a little bit easier but if you ten years in the future looking back on this year what would you have like your practices to accomplish. Well I think the biggest thing that we never quit. I think that's the biggest lesson I mean failures apart life. You can't you can't grow as a person if you've never experienced failure and these generations the last two parents have tried to fix everything for them and so they've never handled adversity. They've never had to. I'd like to think that we're teaching them how to handle adversity. We're we're trying to build a little bit of mental toughness. So that when they get off into life and and how they're going to handle things when things go wrong as they will and you're gonNA fail but failure can build your confidence when you come back and you have success. Then you see how hard it was to get there what you had to do to get there. Does it feel. Do you have any gratitude for this year? You know I might someday. I wish this kind of own anyone but it makes me. It makes me think I don't do enough for people that are struggling and when you look at the text from somebody and sometimes a complete stranger. I'll get a wonderful note from an think I gotta do more you know. Get Out of your bubble look around those people struggling all around us in a simple active kindness. I mean just. A word of encouragement means so much. It goes so far and look at all. These coaches that struggle with a losing record and I never thought much about it before but now I understand the struggle how hard it is and how how easy it is to just text someone. Call someone sending out on the street when you see people just just being kind to each other. There's so many things that are so much more important than this little game of basketball. Somehow I think you're gonNA come through this. Okay let's Nice to look at those final four banners when you're six and twelve or whatever we are you got seventy seven..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

08:12 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"Roles in the weight room as well? I let the weight and strength coaches determine what what their jobs are going to be. You know we're looking for leadership. We're looking for mental toughness. We're trying to build those kind of things in the weight room. That's what that's. What's really important to me is all about who's going to take that leadership role. WHO's GonNa? Hold somebody accountable when their nobody's looking. Are they doing their best? You know they lifted as much as they can. Are they running as hard as they can? Every play and that that's something that I think needs to to work a little bit better for women. I think that we are reluctant sometimes to tell another woman. You're not doing that, right? I think we're were more known as somebody. That's going to be encouraging and help them out. Here's Beth Morgan. Cunningham former player turned assistant coach at Notre Dame. She's been by coach McGraw side for the last eight years. He's been. Trying to make these kids, the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be and maximize everything that they possibly can to get themselves to compete at the highest level academically athletically and then still have a well-balanced. Four years here so I think you know breaking it down for us, you know we have a strength and conditioning. We have nutritionists. We've got awesome athletic trainer. Who takes care of them? You know our doctors, our medical staff every single thing that these kids are involved in. You're trying to maximize everything they can possibly do. just giving them the best support staff, the best chance possible to excel in and compete and do what they need to do at the highest level. Michelson Barsky is the director of Olympic strength and conditioning Notre Dame along with Beth and arrested rest staff. Michael knows that discipline is the key to get back on top. He works with coke to develop conditioning programs designed to push each athlete through today's adversity, and towards their full potential. Everybody wants to jump higher. Everybody wants to run faster. You know a that's. That's no secret. Whatever training program that you're really GONNA dive into. You GotTa make sure that you're dabbling into too many different training programs all at the same time trying to get a bunch of different things focus on one aspect. If you WANNA get faster, get faster. Don't try to get faster. Jump Higher. Be Stronger squat more all at the same time. That's really hard on no matter who you are. Talent is incredibly common. We have talent. Walk through the door all the time. Discipline is incredibly rare. Very rarely. Are we going to have an athlete that walks in here? That is at the top of their talent level, and has also incredibly disciplined so when you combine those two things. That's when you really get elite. What what I really like to see as I like to see an athlete that performs at a really high level, and they come in the. The weight room and a absorbed what I'm telling them. They push themselves to their potential. I told my athletes all the time. There was a lot going on in everybody's lives. You're not going to walk into a training session and be at your peak every single time. Nobody ever expects that it's gotta be okay to fail a little bit in my setting. Howdy you put that into somebody? to WHO's would normally be encouraging to be demanding. Yeah, that's really hard. I think you can't change your personality, and so that's why we have more than one captain. We try to have different personalities so that you can't be the bad guy. All the time and I think for me I used to have to be the bad guy all the time. Now I spread it around my staff I. Don't WanNa. Be The bad guy today. The positive one today. INTROVERTS extroverts. You have people that are. Really Willing to stand up and talk. Skyler diggins was one of the best captains we ever had. She would grab you by the Jersey and put you in your place immediately and then after the game, everything would be great because they know. She just wants to win. That's all that's all they have to know. And so my question to the captain's is always do you WanNa win, or do you want to be liked? Could you can't have it? Both ways and girls have a really hard time with not being liked. Can you see? Selfishness on a practice court. We've been really fortunate and then I think women in general were very unselfish by nature. We are great. Collaborators were team players. I think that's probably the one thing I've never really had to worry at and I think the other thing is that when you have a score like we had a reggae Ogm Awali, she was a tremendous score and she had over one. Hundred assists, which is great for guard. That's not a point guard, and she was somebody that she liked to shoot and everybody knew, but that's her job. Her job is to score, so that's. That's. Just being that's your win. Yeah. I think your team. Your team chemistry everything that happens in the locker room A team that split. There's some jealousy. You're some kind of division. You're not going to be successful in so in recruiting. We're always looking for unselfish that number one. We want people that want to win that don't care about how many points to have. You're looking at the stat sheet immediately after the game to see how many points and I have what you know. What is my stat line? Look like that's not the kind of player I want I. Want the one is Saint. How many assisted I have and how many rebounds did I have so many things that I look for? You know that have nothing really to do with the actual skill of the game. 'cause we want leaders and we want people that that the girls are gonNA respect and the unselfish part I. Think is really big, too, but you have to be competitive and kids today. I! Don't think are competitive, and so we're trying to find those ones that really want to win. That just hate losing because I. Don't WanNa be the only one in the locker room crying after a loss I want I want to look around and see. Everybody feels the same way, and do you ever push people past where somebody else's like comparing them? Yeah to other players I really try not to do that, but I look nationally and I'll say. I'm looking at the all. Americans and here's some of their stats. Are you interested? Do you want to see their percentages? Comparison you did that I. Think. You're better, but I'm just talking about the voters out there. Good players. They want that competitiveness they they wanna be compared to the best in the country, and so you know. Maybe they have a good game and kill McBride's great example this. She was a player who? Wasn't probably a top recruit coming in. She was ranked maybe the top forty, but not like a top ten player, and I thought she had a lot of potential, so she would have a game in. Maybe she'd have eighteen or twenty points and look this stat sheet and say. Two rebounds you had two rebounds. Look at the best players in the country. You can't be one dimensional. You have to be able to do more than one thing, so I think not letting people be content with where they are and showing them that you can be so much more than that Kayla was one who when she graduated, said you push me further than I thought. I could go. I didn't think I could do it. And you kept pushing me to do and so I know way they know I've confidence in them and they know I. believe in them and I think that helps, but I think never letting them be content with where they are. Nice job percent. One. Here's comedy air you go. That's better. Year at the bottom of league standings now and there's going to be tournament, so you got shot right. How Own Do, you prepare for this last stretch. If we continue to get better than we go into the tournament with a little better seed than what we're at right now, so that's that's our first goal gotta move up in the standings and the losses don't change. If you keep winning, you can even that out and I know it's funny because you fail every day. You found something every day. You make bad choices. There's so many things that you can look back. Back on say what did I do that? You know I after every game I look at the film coach. You know what I stop her out. What did I put her in? Didn't I press? Why did I do this or that? So I think he can fail in small ways, but We're failing in a big way this year and that's that's been hard to take in so as people have told.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

10:13 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"So in a normal practice day your mind is filled with possibilities and their positive on Game Day. It's possible catastrophe exactly. I see why you like breakfast much better. The Fighting Irish lost the NCW championship last year by one point the previous year. They want the starting five who brought them they're all went to the WNBA. That's how good they were. And then their veteran players got injured without those leaders on the court. This year's young team laws role models. Who can teach them how to play a unit and how to handle the pressures an injured player effect practice the next day almost like a freak accident at times when it happens we do a lot of prevention for it but you just never know your career could be over in a day so I think it brings a little perspective to it but also losing mix you as our our leader was our voice so we got a lot quieter after she left. But then you look over on the side you see her and abby over there you think I gotta play a little harder. There's two people on the sideline that want to be out here and can't and I have that opportunity. Had that brings us to abby. This is beyond injuries a pulmonary. Embolism this this serious. We said a prayer for her. We we all got together and kind of came together. In that moment you know at Twenty. You have a life threatening illness in something so unexpected. So I I think it really made them think a little bit and appreciate not take for granted at least in that moment What they had colds McGraw's commitment to the process has helped to turn players into leaders. Neo Ivy is one of them. She was with coach. Mcgraw for both of her. Ncwa championship wins first as a player and then later as an assistant coach she is now one of eleven female assistant coaches in the NBA. Currently coaching for the Memphis Grizzlies. Here's neo. She worked so tirelessly to work so hard. And I think that adversity and failure can help make you a stronger person stronger player. I mean I'm going through the same thing here. I went from Notre Dame. Never losing to having twenty and twenty two record here so I had to learn how to accept failure because that wasn't something that I was very comfortable with. It wasn't something that I had gone through loss. Probably more right now that I've lost in maybe twenty years and so instead of placing so much emphasis on wins losses. Placing it on. How am I getting better so with some type of underlying message or lesson going through failure that you might not get winning all the time? There's something else that she's learning to something else. That team is learning by going through what they're going through their have so many questions about what you've been through in. The last few months really liked to break this down because it enables us to see you back. Coaching at a real basic level. I think he gets to the point where you're so consumed with all right last last minute of the game. Here's some plays we're GONNA run. I mean I'm trying to figure out how to put us in position to win and all about strategy and now there's almost no strategy. I told a reported the other day. My Strategy Hope. They Miss Hope. We make them that. That's that's what my strategy it's it's completely different and trying to you know. Set those small goals of we remembered to get in the press great job. That's that's a step forward for us. You know everybody was in the same defense. That's really good. We only ever play zone but occasionally some drift off in demand. So those kind of little things you know. There's there's ten seconds left on the shot clock. Let's get organized into something that we worked on it practice. I heard you did something but I thought it was really unique. You brought in a couple of military folks and put the team through some kind of training where they went in a swimming pool and had to do exercise like put on a Hoodie. Get in pairs and take off your Hoodie in the water and transfer it to your partner are fencing team. Air Fencing team is one more national championships. I think eleven anybody here so I wanted to listen to see what what he was doing but if I was there what would I be seeing. You'd be nervous because I can't swim and I know some of them can't swim. They were hanging onto the edge. The deep end trying to tread water. Which you know they. They didn't really want to do so. This is a couple of them that were very comfortable in the water so they sort of took on the leadership role in the water and they're holding each other up there telling each other. Hey this is what I did this time. Here's how I got the sweatshirt off and we're not good communicators so that was something that I thought would help us. And you know you gotta wait for everybody. You have a time limit and everybody's got to get it done in three minutes and there were plenty of times when we had to do it over and over and over again until we all got it on the same page when you have young team you don't know what your leadership's going to be like. We also have a team that really gets along. Great which to me is the most important thing that team chemistry however when they continually talk about how much we love each other. Now well we get along and I always worry because WHO's going to be that one that's going to be able to get you by the throat and say right now. We need your head in the game so this program was designed to make them accountable to teach them how to be accountable for themselves but for each other. What is it about the practice word that enables somebody to really improve if they're not really getting into games? I'm big on roles expectations and give them their expertise to the three things. I need from you this year and I go around the circle. Not just so you know but so everybody knows. Maybe you're not a three point shooter. So when you're open in the fans so your parents are screaming for you to shoot. Everyone on the team knows no. That's not her job so I think that's important so the ones that aren't playing. Say your jobs to make us better practice. Your job is to bring energy. Your job is to bring current. I want you to be the you know. The leading charge taker. The leading shot blocker the leader of this at practice. Your job is to make us better at practice. How do people respond to that? You know I think a lot of 'em everybody wants to contribute. Everybody wants to know that they're a part of something bigger than themselves. Everybody wants to know your role so important. We could not be here without you. And we've had a lot of games afterwards where I said you know what? If you didn't do that a practice. We went on that game. You're the reason that we won that game and somebody who didn't get on board even get in the game but they were the other teams. You know shooter. And they were doing a great job of practice of making find her in the zone. I never heard that before. Somebody can win the game without being on the court on to make to gotta get box out catch. Come to hands. How does this translate? Do people have roles in the weight room as well? I let the weight and strength coaches determine what what their jobs are going to be. You know we're looking for leadership. We're looking for mental toughness. We're trying to build those kind of things in the weight room. That's what that's what's really important to me is all about. Who's going to take that leadership role? Who's GonNa hold somebody accountable when their nobody's looking? Are they doing their best you know? They lifted as much as they can. Are they running as hard as they can every play and that that's something that I think needs to to work a little bit better for women. I think that we are reluctant. Sometimes to tell another woman. You're not doing that right. I think we're were more known as somebody that's going to be encouraging and help them out. Here's Beth Morgan Cunningham. Former player turned assistant. Coach at Notre Dame. She's been by coach. Mcgraw side for the last eight years. He's been trying to make these kids the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be maximize everything that they possibly can to get themselves to compete at the highest level academically athletically and then still have a well-balanced four years here so I think you know breaking it down for us you know. We have a strength and conditioning. We have nutritionists. We've got an awesome athletic trainer. Who takes care of them? You know our doctors our medical staff every single thing that these kids are involved in. You're trying to maximize everything that they can possibly do. just giving them the best support staff the best chance possible to excel in and compete and do what they need to do. At the highest level Michelson Barsky is the director of Olympic strength and conditioning noted dame along with Beth and arrested. The staff. Michael knows that discipline is the key to get back on top. He works with coke to develop conditioning programs designed to push each athlete through today's adversity and towards their full potential. Everybody wants to jump higher. Everybody wants to run faster A. That's that's no secret. Whatever training program that you're really GONNA dive into? You GotTa make sure that you're dabbling into too many different training programs all at the same time trying to get a bunch of different things. Focus on one aspect. If you WANNA get faster get faster. Don't try to get faster. Jump Higher. Be STRONGER SQUAT. More all at the same time. That's really hard on no matter who you are..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

07:51 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"So in a normal practice day your mind is filled with possibilities and their positive on Game Day, it's possible catastrophe. Exactly! I. See why you like breakfast. Much better. The Fighting Irish lost the NCW championship last year by one point. The previous year they want. The starting five who brought them? They're all went to the WNBA. That's how good they were. And? Then their veteran players got injured. Without those leaders on the court this year's young team laws role models who can teach them how to play a unit and how to handle the pressure. An injured player effect practice the next day. Almost like a freak accident at times when it happens, we do a lot of prevention for it, but you just never know your career could be over in a day so I think it brings a little perspective to it, but also losing mix you as our. Our leader was our voice, so we got a lot quieter after she left, but then you look over on the side you see her and abby over there. You think I gotta play a little harder. There's two people on the sideline that want to be out here and can't and I have that opportunity at that brings us to abby. This is beyond injuries a pulmonary embolism. This this serious. We said a prayer for her. We we all got together and kind of came together. In that moment you know at twenty, you have a life threatening illness in. Something so unexpected so I. I think it really made them think a little bit and appreciate not take for granted at least in that moment. what they had. Colds McGraw's commitment to the process has helped to turn players into leaders. Neo Ivy is one of them. She was with coach McGraw for both of her NCWA. Championship wins first as a player and then later as an assistant coach. She is now one of eleven female assistant coaches in the NBA currently coaching for the Memphis Grizzlies here's neo. She worked so tiredly to work so hard and I think that adversity and failure can help make you a stronger person stronger player I mean. I'm going through the same thing here. I went from Notre Dame never losing to having twenty and twenty two record here so I had to learn how to accept failure, because that wasn't something that I was very comfortable with. It wasn't something that I had gone through. Loss probably more right now that I've lost in. Maybe twenty years, and so instead of placing so much emphasis on wins losses, placing it on. How am I getting better so with some type of underlying message or lesson going through failure that you might not get winning all the time? There's something else that she's learning to something else. That team is learning by going through what they're going through. Their have so many questions about what you've been through in the last few months. Really liked to break this down. Because it enables us to see you back coaching at a real basic level I think he gets to the point where you're so consumed with. All right last last minute of the game. Here's some plays. We're GONNA run. I mean I'm trying to figure out how to put us in position to win, and it's all about strategy, and now there's almost no strategy i. told a reported the other day. My strategy hope they miss hope. We make them that that's that's what my strategy. It's it's completely different and trying to you know set those small goals of. We remembered to get in the press. Great job. That's that's a step forward for us, you know. Everybody was in the same defense. That's really good. We only ever play zone, but occasionally some drift off in to man so those kind of little things you know there's there's ten seconds left on the shot clock. Let's get organized into something that we worked on it practice. I heard you did something. But I thought it was really unique. You brought in a couple of military folks and put the team through some kind of training where they went in a swimming pool and had to do exercise like put on a Hoodie. Get in pairs and take off your Hoodie in the water and transfer it to your partner. Are Fencing team did air fencing team is one more National Championships I. Think Eleven anybody here so. I wanted to listen to see what what he was doing, but if I was there, what would I be seeing? You'd be nervous because I can't swim and I know some of them can't swim. They were hanging onto the edge the deep end. Trying to tread water which you know they they didn't really want to do so. This is a couple of them. That were very comfortable in the water, so they sort of took on the leadership role in the water, and they're holding each other up there telling each other. Hey, this is what I did this time. Here's how I got the sweatshirt off and we're not good communicators, so that was something that I thought. Would help us, and you know you gotta wait for everybody. You have a time limit and everybody's got to get it done in three minutes, and there were plenty of times when we had to do it over and over and over again until we all got it on the same page. When you have young team, you don't know what your leadership's going to be like. We also have a team that really gets along great, which to me is the most important thing that team chemistry, however, when they continually talk about how much we love each other now well, we get along and I always worry because who's going to be that one. That's going to be able to get you by the throat and say right now. We need your head in the game. So this program was designed to make them accountable to teach them how to be accountable for themselves, but for each other. What is it about the practice word? That enables somebody to really improve. If, they're not really getting into games. I'm big on roles expectations and give them their expertise to the three things. I. Need from you this year and I go around the circle. Not just so you know, but so everybody knows. Maybe you're not a three point shooter so when you're open in the fans, so your parents are screaming for you to shoot. Everyone on the team knows no. That's not her job. So I think that's important, so the ones that aren't playing, say your jobs to make us better practice. Your job is to bring energy. Your job is to bring current I want you to be the you know the leading charge taker the leading shot blocker the leader of this at practice. Your job is to make us better at practice. How do people respond to that? You know I think a lot of 'em. Everybody wants to contribute. Everybody wants to know that they're a part of something bigger than themselves. Everybody wants to know your. Your role so important? We could not be here without you and we've had a lot of games afterwards. Where I said you know what if you didn't do that a practice, we went on that game. You're the reason that we won that game and somebody who didn't get on board. Even get in the game, but they were the other teams. You know shooter and they were doing a great job of practice of making find her in the zone. I never heard that before somebody can win the game without being on the court. On to make to gotTA get box out. Catch. Come to hands. How does this translate? Do people have.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

11:29 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"Mcgraw come hell or high water leaders are revered for the trails they blaze the respect they come in and WANNA crisis presents itself. They're given a choice endure and a dad or run because when dousing San failures inevitable a truly to hunker down and bears the brunt fight on their shoulders throughout her career. Notre Dame Hall of fame. Women's basketball coach Muffin. Mcgraw has inspired her players to accept no substitute for victory. She led her team to nine. Final fours seven championship games and two National Championships over thirty five season career. Only one came with losing records with the resume. That is no wonder. She's looked at as one of the greatest of all time but this story is different. This story is about battling. Adversity is about rising through failure. Because this season the fighting Irish have their backs against the wall. At the time of this interview the record was six and twelve and over the course of the last few weeks things haven't improved with morale low in their confidence shaking. It'd be easy to throw in the towel. Focus on next season because it's hard to look at a losing record and keep battling. This is something coach. Mcgraw takes to Heart. She understands that if she wants her players to lead their team to victory. She has the lead by example leadership and accountability. They're not about somebody. Nobody anybody they are about a person. Okay it's not who got long. Who's going short? Who's up next? It's this Abbey. Your next you got Short Murdoch. Get down on the floor. You're long. That's leadership is. We're just standing around waiting for somebody to rise to the occasion. It's not happening okay. That's your job. That's your job guy. You've got to get everybody organized when you sit in back. They're getting ready. Who's coming up next okay? Hard work one two three cal. I sat down with coach. Mcgraw and Notre Dame to hear more. Okay this is very interesting dynamic because you've had tremendous success over the years I think in the last twelve years in the top twenty five every year and then this year. This season comes about very different. Has This season been practiced for you? I prefer the success to what we're having now. I've never been in this situation before. Having lost five starters. We had nobody on the floor with any experience our most experienced player Had blood clots in wasn't able to play this whole season our other most experienced player her knee. First game of the season was out for Kayla. Twelve Games so we have no experience on the floor and I was just thinking the other day. You know how when you're going through things and the stress of being number one being the team to beat being every game knowing. You're supposed to win that. That really weighs heavy on your shoulders tonight. I think I said at one point when it great to be the underdog again and my husband said be careful what you wish for and here we are after blowout loss to North Carolina. State coach felt the weather this season closing and post game conference. She did something out of character so the seasons progressing and then the teams looks like. It's starting to go into quicksand here and you have a game where you lose by thirty four points. What is going on in your mind? A lot of people may have seen the video where the question comes to you and it really stops you and brings out an emotional side of you. Has this been Thursday and today and it's something like this happens. I I got to do better. I feel like I fix it but I didn't going to keep trying. I'm going to find an answer. I'm GONNA fix it. Sorry I think it was probably a couple months of frustration piling piling over and while you sticking that knife in my heart at the thirty four point loss. You didn't mention it was at home. I think probably worse loss in the program. I just WANNA stick into far over here and I I knew it was GONNA be a tough game. Obviously but but my big message to the team compete for forty minutes. That's all I want. You know I thought maybe maybe. They're feeling the weight of my expectations. Maybe they think God we're not. We're not doing this right because we're not winning. And so I said you know what I just wanted to play hard for forty minutes and see what happens and my God what happened a massacre. It was one of the hardest things to sit through. We were hoping that the clock operator would forget to stop the clock in get the game over with because our fans have been so instrumental in our success. They help us in recruiting because kids come to games ago. Wow I wanna I wanNA play in front of this crowd and to disappoint them to to come out and not bring our best game I just really. I wanted to get to the microphone. Apologize thanks for watching this. I appreciate it but we got to do better. Did you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable or we just caught in the moment was this? I've felt like I could burst into tears at any moment of season where the frustration continues to pile up and so I think that trying to get my emotions under control is important. I also I have a passion for them competitive and I want to win and I have a really hard time with losing. I'm not I'm not a really great sport when I lose either and so I think when you give everything you have to something in. It doesn't pan out you're going to be emotional. What happened the next practice? Everybody shows up after that? Maybe they saw the video. Maybe they didn't they had to hear about it and they haven't know that you really upset to at the depths. They came into practice. And we I called somebody to come and talk to them We have a psychologist on campus. So she she talked to them. I just kind of about how important your mental game as we kind of washed all over the the emotion of the game like we were just concentrate on the we just lost by forty at home and so how do we get our our mindsets interesting. You lost by thirty four but you thought it was forty yet could have been fifty eight. It was it was a lot okay. That was enough. It's kind of like the stages of grief and I kept saying to her. I want to get too mad. That's all I just want to be angry. I don't want to be emotional. I don't want it to be all this frustration and all this. I just want to be like no. We're better than this and I'm GonNa fix it. Here's Matt McGraw Muffins Husband. It's not that she doesn't want to lose a game. She doesn't want to lose a possession. She wants to run every play the way she envisions that the way we did it in practice. And if you don't that's where the stress comes in because she cancer. We ran that same thing for five days. Why are we doing differently now? So even games last year. Where we we had a very high. Iq Basketball team some the kids out there. It was the same thing I mean. She's she would never relax the never point we'd be sitting someplace and you'd say does she have a game today because she looks really relaxed that never occurs but does she had high degree of stress. Yeah but when basketball lands and she's working in the garden she has that same degree of stress at. She'll say how does this look? That looks okay. I don't like it so I just look at the plants and I just put in there and I just say. Don't get comfortable because she was gonNA move and five. The plants become the offense once basketball ends. It's there's there's no I'd like to tell you this magic with it. She's the magic okay. She makes it happen. Everybody buys into which he does and I think they buy in because she really cares about them and they understand that. Here's what I was wondering when I watched the video. This is amazing that you were able to make yourself so vulnerable and I'm starting to think what is going on in the mind of the players on your team. If they were watching that and and here you are probably gone into their homes. Talk to their parents. Yeah I'm GonNa take care of your kid. You can depend on me. And now they're seeing you at a table basically weeping and asking for a tissue and I thought you know what? There's something very smart about this. If I'm one of those players I may not be thinking about me as a victim. I may be thinking I get to help the coach. I think there was definitely some of that. And I text messages from parents. Who We've got great parents and even one of our recruits you know. I knew Notre Dame was the place for but after watching that press conference. I'm even happier that we chose to come to Notre Dame and so there was so many uplifting comments I got so many people texted in called and I got a call from Roy Williams the other night just saying like I just won't let you know you're not the only one going through this season. You know I got an email from Brad Stevens hang in there. And just so many people reached out to say like we've all been there at one point or another but you hadn't but yeah. I mean we've had some down moments. We lost by forty at Louisville two years ago and came back and won the national championship. That wasn't is Kinda lost this year. You know because we're struggling to find a win season starts. How is the last practice before opening game? I always have loved practice. I would rather practice them play games. Everybody's time to shine. Is that practice so show me why you got game? Day is probably the worst day of the year every single game day. I look back over over thousand. I know we're prepared but I still worry that something's going to happen that I didn't prepare them for. Gosh take him out the box and one do we work against the traps. What if they do this? And so my whole day is spent pretty much catastrophes ing about to happen in the game till the ball is actually tipped..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

03:28 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"In. Because she cancer, we ran that same thing for five days. Why are we doing differently now? So even games last year where we, we had a very high IQ basketball team. Some the kids out there. It was the same thing I mean she's. She would never relax the never point. We'd be sitting someplace and you'd say. Does she have a game today? Because she looks really relaxed, that never occurs, but does she had high degree of Stress Yeah but when basketball lands and she's working in the garden. She has that same degree of stress at she'll say. How does this look? That looks okay. I don't like it. So I just look at the plants. And I just put in there and I just say don't get comfortable because she was gonNA move and five. The plants become the offense once basketball ends. It's there's. There's no I'd like to tell you this magic with it. She's the magic. Okay. She makes it happen. Everybody buys into which he does and I think they buy in because she really cares about them and they understand that. Here's what I was wondering when I watched the video. This is amazing that you were able to make yourself so vulnerable, and I'm starting to think what is going on in the mind of the players on your team. If they were watching that, and and here, you are probably gone into their homes. Talk to their parents. Yeah, I'm GonNa take care of your kid. You can depend on me and now they're seeing you at a table, basically weeping and asking for a tissue. And I thought you know what there's something very smart about this. If I'm one of those players I may not be thinking about me as a victim. I may be thinking. I get to help the coach. I think there was definitely some of that and I text messages from parents who we've got great parents, and even one of our recruits said you know I knew notre. Dame was the place for, but after watching that press conference I'm even happier that we chose to come to notre. Dame and so there was so many uplifting. Comments I got so many people texted in called and I got a call from Roy Williams the other night. Just saying like. I just won't let you know. You're not the only one going through this. season. You know I got an email from Brad Stevens hang in there, and just so many people reached out to say like we've all been there at one point or another, but you hadn't. But yeah, I mean we've had some down moments. We lost by forty at Louisville two years ago and came back and won the national championship. That wasn't is Kinda lost this year. You know because we're struggling to find a win. Season starts. How is the last practice before opening game I always have loved practice I would rather practice them play games. Everybody's time to shine. Is that practice so show me why you got. Game Day is probably the worst day of the year. Every single game day I look back over over thousand. I know we're prepared, but I still worry that something's going to happen that I didn't prepare them for. Gosh take him out the box and one. do we work against the traps? What if they do this? And so? My whole day is spent pretty much catastrophes ing about to happen in the game. Till the ball is actually tipped..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

07:55 min | 1 year ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on The Only Way is Through: The Under Armour Podcast

"Leaders are revered for the trails. They blaze the respect. They come in and WANNA. Crisis presents itself. They're given a choice, endure and a dad or run. Because when Dousing San FAILURES INEVITABLE A truly to hunker down and bears the brunt fight on their shoulders. Throughout her career Notre Dame Hall of fame, women's basketball coach Muffin McGraw has inspired her players to accept no substitute for victory. She led her team to nine final fours, seven championship games and two National Championships. Over thirty five season career, only one came with losing records. With the resume. Is. No wonder she's looked at as one of the greatest of all time. But this story is different. This story is about battling. Adversity is about rising through failure. Because this season the fighting Irish have their backs against the wall. At the time of this interview the record was six and twelve, and over the course of the last few weeks. Things haven't improved. With morale low in their confidence shaking, it'd be easy to throw in the towel focus on next season, because it's hard to look at a losing record and keep battling. This is something coach. McGraw takes to Heart. She understands that if she wants her players to lead their team to victory, she has the lead by example. Leadership and accountability they're not about somebody nobody anybody. They are about a person. Okay, it's not who got long. Short, WHO's up next? It's this Abbey your next. You Got Short Murdoch. Get down on the floor. You're long. That's leadership is we're just standing around waiting for somebody to rise to the occasion. It's not happening. Okay, that's your job. That's your job guy. You've got to get everybody organized when you sit in back. They're getting ready. WHO's coming up next, okay? Hard work one two three. Cal I sat down with coach McGraw and Notre Dame to hear more. Okay, this is a very interesting dynamic because you've had tremendous success over the years, I think in the last twelve years in top twenty five every year and then. This year. This season comes about very different. Has This season been practiced for you? I prefer the success to what we're having now. I've never been in this situation before having. Lost Five starters. We had nobody on the floor with any experience. Our most experienced player had blood clots in alongside wasn't able to play this whole season. Our other most experienced player, her knee, first game of the season was out for Kayla twelve games, so we have no experience on the floor and I just thinking the other day you know how when you're going through things and the stress of being number one being the team to beat being every game knowing you're supposed to win that that really weighs heavy on your shoulders tonight. I think I said at one point when it great to be the underdog again and my husband said be careful what you wish for and here we are. After blowout loss to North Carolina state coach felt the weather this season closing. And Post Game Conference. She did something out of character. So the seasons progressing, and then the teams looks like it's starting to go into quicksand here. And you have a game where you lose by thirty four points. What is going on in your mind? A lot of people may have seen the video where the question comes to you and. It really stops you. And brings out an emotional side of you. has this been. Thursday and today, and it's like this episode. I I got to do better. I feel like I can fix it. But I didn't. Going to keep trying I'm going to find an answer. I'M GONNA fix it? Sorry. I think it was probably a couple months of frustration piling piling over and. While you sticking that knife in my heart at the thirty four point loss. You didn't mention it was at home I think probably worse loss in the program. I JUST WANNA. Stick into far. Over here. and. I I knew it was GONNA be a tough game obviously, but but my big message to the team compete for forty minutes. That's all I. Want You know I thought? Maybe maybe they're feeling the weight of my expectations. Maybe they think God. We're not. We're not doing this right because we're not winning. And so I said you know what I just wanted to play hard for forty minutes and see what happens and my God. What happened a massacre? It was one of the hardest things to sit through. We were hoping that the clock operator would forget to stop the clock in. Get the game over with. Because our fans have been so instrumental in our success, they help us in recruiting because kids come two games ago. Wow, I wanna I, WanNa, play in front of this crowd, and to disappoint them to to come out and not bring our best game. I just really I wanted to get to the microphone and apologize. Thanks for watching this I appreciate it, but we got to do better. Did. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable or we just caught in the moment. Was this. I've felt like. I could burst into tears at any moment. Of season where the frustration continues to pile up and so I think that trying to get my emotions under control is important I also I have a passion for them competitive. And I want to win. And I have a really hard time with losing I'm not. I'm not a really great sport. When I lose either and so I think when you give everything you have to something in, it doesn't pan out. You're going to be emotional. What happened the next practice? Everybody shows up after that. Maybe they saw the video. Maybe they didn't. They had to hear about it and they haven't know that you really upset. To. At the depths, they came into practice, and we I called somebody to come and talk to them We have a psychologist on campus, so she? She talked to them I just kind of about how important your mental game! As we kind of washed all over the the emotion of the game like we were just concentrate on the we just lost. Lost by forty at home, and so how do we get our our mindsets interesting? You lost by thirty four, but you thought it was forty. Yet could have been fifty eight. It was it was a lot. Okay, that was enough. It's kind of like the stages of grief, and I kept saying to her. I want to get too mad. That's all I. Just want to be angry. I don't want to be emotional. Want it to be all this frustration and all this I just want to be like. No, we're better than this and I'm GonNa. Fix It. Here's Matt McGraw Muffins Husband. It's not that she doesn't want to lose a game. She doesn't want to lose a possession. She wants to run every play the way she envisions that the way we did it in practice and. If you don't. That's where the stress comes.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on Sports 600 ESPN

Sports 600 ESPN

01:54 min | 2 years ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on Sports 600 ESPN

"Today what she said with sarahspain Muffet McGraw head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame women need more opportunities we need more women leading we need more women as role models across the country basketball I'm talking to some talk in the Senate the house and people keep telling me like I'm in a male dominated business and I say well pretty much everyone is the way it's been and we need to change that ESPN you listen to podcasts there was always something Judy is a dirty list of where it's no matter and starts with a clean sheet and they can prove it all in the international Champions Cup July sixteenth to August ten on ESPN CC three about our Joni is only in radio no Greg today he is on vacation I'm the gentleman was surprised at how relieved I am and I feel like a new person having to deal with only one of you I like having a second one around him with the media do I show with this don't guides on ESPN radio on ESPN knowns ESPN plus UFC forty one Saturday August seventy we were up in a rematch for the heavy weight media is because it is we return to the octagon against the.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

10:12 min | 2 years ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

"I definitely am one. That has always been driven. I've always always been competitive and i think it's a great thing for women. I think that we need to be able to be allowed to be competitive because <hes> competing in sports is is just giving you so much for the future so many life skills that we're teaching <hes> but it is it is hard and i do need to learn <hes> you know early in my career. It took took me a long time to get over losing. It took me a long time to understand that you know. People are gonna make mistakes and you gotta fix them and you can't worry about what happened and that was. That was really hard to learn <hes>. I think it's it's taken me years to be able to just look at a defeat and go see here's what happened. Here's how we fix. It and let's move on <hes> but really in anything competitive in pretty much everything. My husband drives up here. <hes> campus and we're going home in separate cars. I wanna beat him. You know i'm going to try to find the fastest way so yeah. He's he's the one he's laid back and easy going and i'm <hes> yes. I'm on the edge. Do you have any other great stories where where your competitiveness <hes> became stuff of legend stuff. You guys talk about you know people people's. I'd like to play games. We play a lot of games teams. <hes> and people always say like well. I mean you know you're gonna play until she wins because she makes the rules as you go along so it was either one game now two to three or that was a practice round around <hes> so i think i think i do have that legendary status of yahoo very michael jordan of you. I think that's operates as well. <hes> there was an interview view that she did last year with lindsay gibbs of progress in which you said you were not going to hire male assistant coaches and that in itself drew interest tryst but it led to a question in a press conference and that went viral last i checked it was over seven million views. I'm gonna play a little bit right here. I'm getting tired of the novelty. The <hes> of the first female governor of this state the first female african american mayor of this city. When is it going to become the norm instead instead of the exception. How're these young women looking up and seeing someone that looks like them preparing them for the future. We don't have enough female role models. We don't have enough visible women leaders. We don't have enough women in power. Girls are socialized to know when they come out generals or already set men run the world. All men have the power men make the decisions. It's always the men that is the stronger one and when these girls are coming out who are they looking up to to tell them that but that's not the way it has to be and where better to do that than sports all these millions of girls that play sports across the country they could come out every day and we're teach them great things about life skills but wouldn't it be great if we could teach them to watch how women lead this is a path for you to take to get to the point where in this country we have fifty percent of women in power right now. Less than five percent of women are ceos of fortune five hundred companies so yes when you look at men's men's basketball and ninety nine percent of the jobs go to men. Why shouldn't one hundred or ninety nine percent of the jobs in women's basketball go to women. Maybe it's it's because we only have ten percent women athletic directors in division. One people hire people who look like them and that's the problem. Was that something you knew when you went into that press conference that if you've got any question that gave you that opening you wanted to talk about or was it completely extemporaneous you know it was. I didn't know it was going to get the question <hes> i had had the question. <hes> a couple of weeks before that and you know when you ask somebody questions sort of a vacuum cume like i'm not hiring anybody right now like my staff. I like i like having <hes> this all female staff for the first time and <hes> it's working out pretty well but it it unfortunately i think people miss the point and the point was women need more opportunities. We need more women leading. We need more women as role models across the country not just basketball. I'm talking c._e._o.'s. I'm talking the senate and the house and and in every corporation across the country you know five percent percent of female ceos in fortune five hundred companies. We we just need more women. I think time's up was a great movement. <hes> i think it started people thinking and i think that but now you're looking at women joining the n._b._a. <hes> i think that adam silver's making a push for women to be hired in the n._b._a. And a lot of teams are looking at that now and that's all i wanted to say. It doesn't have to be <hes> you know. All men are all women <hes>. We need to work together. We need to use man yeah. We need to learn from them and what better way to do that then in the n._b._a. But i think that there's just so many places where women could be hired him. We just want opportunity. We need opportunity tunde and i think in every walk of life <hes> people keep telling me like i'm in a male dominated business and i say well pretty much. Everyone is because that's just that's the way it's been and we need to change that so in the moment. I'm sure you can feel that you're on a roll. You can feel you know what you're saying is click and you got all your stats ready go. You're firing at all cylinders but i'm sure it was still a surprise to you that it goes viral that you get a tweet from president obama and serena williams's texting you hillary clinton is sending. Can you a letter about it. It's it's a massive buzz. How surprised were you that it really had that kind of effect well. I was shocked <hes> because while i was talking i could feel feel myself getting emotional and at one point. I wondered how i stopped like how do i get off the train <hes> and so when i heard that you know president alabama retweeted i thought wow of hang those those pretty cool and then it was like you know. Women needed to hear that people needed to hear that many. Did you hear that everybody <hes> <hes>. I guess was waiting for somebody to kind of cross through not just sports but really and everything and i had <hes> you know really interested the the election that had just happened when you know so. Many women were running so many women one. We're seeing so many and then i thought well let me look up and see how many we have if and i was shocked that we still only had like twenty three to twenty five percent so you know it feels like we're making waves but we still have so far to go and <hes> i think it's just been building up you know. I feel like it's been <hes>. It's been a fight for thirty years to get women to kind of be on an equal footing and i'm i'm just wanna keep. I wanna keep fighting but i want people to join me. You know i want to hear some echoes around the country. Yeah you used to i think except the stories about being the only woman i read an interview where you said you used to sort of accept the questions about being the only woman at this event or in this group of coaches and now and now you're kind of like this has gone on too long this is this is too long for me to be getting the same questions about the same situation. Was there a pivot point or a moment that you remember where you thought this. This is too much of this now. This hasn't changed and it's been too long without changing. I think we see that every day. I think women go to work every day thinking they're going to just do the job they they were hired to do when they run into sexism or homophobia or xenophobic or like there's there's always something that we're fighting some other battle and i think it's it's you just you get to the point where you kissed can't take it anymore and i think it was funny because we go to the final four you know here. We are in tampa bay. I'm excited. I did my teams back in the final four we turn on the t._v. and our room and it says welcome mat mcgraw and i thought now that's kind of little straw. Oh break your back and you just think god when and when is this gonna change was the room under his name or they just assumed zoomed. I don't know how it could be right right. It was under both of our names and they just happen to choose him and he said i'm sure you're on the t._v. In the other room no no i wasn't i have to say i liked it. When i booked all the stuff for our mini moon after our wedding and it was under my name so the whole resort kept calling my husband mr spain and he was just like well whatever and i was thinking whatever because that's how i was going to be like my name and if people call him mr spanish and he was like it's fine it but i for the first time i was like oh. This must be what it's like for men all the time all the time anymore just so you know you mentioned there's so many issues shoes that are corollary to sports and particularly for female athletes but aren't always directly addressed. You have not been afraid in dealing with your athletes <hes> to allow them to express themselves notably back in two thousand fourteen your players were i can't breathe shirts during warmups to protest police brutality. You openly openly talked to them about issues <hes> in society beyond the basketball court. Do you get pushback from any of the players because even when it's as simple as for instance you always always give your your players a book last year was we should all be feminists. <hes> there are words or ideas that have become so politicized. They've lost their meaning. Being instead become a triggered to tell people. You're on aside or another side. Do you have athletes that come in that are great basketball players but maybe come from a different background and were a different set of ideals and when they get triggered by those things <hes> there's pushback from their parents to you being more than a basketball coach you know i haven't really seen that and and they're all from different backgrounds. They're all from different places. I think we share some common bonds and we have a lot of discussion and that's the point of the book is to to have some discourse. This is a a college campus so we're supposed to be educators and we're trying to teach them. You have to listen to different opinions and you're so right. People are so busy choosing insides right now and protecting their side but they're not willing to listen and we we had a we were honored by mayor pete down at the courthouse and he gave that was the key to the city for you know for last year's success and we you know there's a there's a lot going on in the country right now and i spoke.

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

12:22 min | 2 years ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

"When you look back at your time at notre dame are you able to sort of parse which kinds of teams you get the most enjoyment enjoyment out of or is it so specific to the personalities in that journey is it oh this is more work and i tend to like a little more work than being a front runner yeah yeah i. I think the challenges are are really different. I i know you know back in two thousand one we had just a great group and we've had a lot of really only good really good players and just really great people and there was a team a couple teams that you know we didn't get to the final four but just really enjoyed being around them and and i think two thousand eleven was her first final four in <hes> like since two thousand one championship and that was i love that team though is still one of my favorite final fours in favorite teams and we didn't win it but just to <hes> you know we beat connecticut in tennessee and that never been done before in the n._c._a. Tournament so we you know it was just everything when we were excited when the police gave us escort on the bus. I mean we were filming. Everything we were filming ourselves filming things <hes> just had a great time and and that's you know i think skyler diggins came in and she kind of changed the culture of our team and she she made me work a little bit harder. I think <hes> because she was. It's such a good student of the game and she was always <hes> talking about things we could do. What about this. I watch this game last night. What do you think about this and i love that i love the challenge of <hes> being ready every day. It was going to ask you know you've coached so many different kinds of players and everybody obviously is unique but is there a kind of player you like the most i know i was a pain in the ass for coaches because i had almost a perfect memory of exactly what they said so two weeks later they said something different. I would say well two weeks ago. You said this so which one do do you want and my family's all lawyers so i would argue to death about what they did or didn't want and say well. That's not what you said before. I was not a coach's favourite right usually except for the fact that i was always going to work really hard and be smart about the game. What do you like. Do you like that point guard. Who just runs what you say. Do you like the ones who ask you questions well. I we did not offer you a scholarship so i think that part goes without saying that would definitely not have been my favorite i do. I i'd love the competitive competitive ones. I love that <hes> you know we've had so many that are competitive and feisty and i understand it if somebody came in the locker room and through the water bottle all across the room because they were mad about the way things went the first half. I want to applaud i mean i. I appreciate that because that's how i am. I'm super competitive. I don't don't like the people who don't like you know how they're feeling. <hes> you know they were. They soak <hes> that that really drives me crazy. I don't want people to <hes> to could have to have a lot of drama or you know have to be a lot of pay a lot of attention to them. I think it's you know it's a team game and i want people who want to win as much as i do. Let's let's talk about <hes> two thousand eighteen and i want you to take me through what your feeling and thinking in the moment as rica goulet twice does magic and and how how insane it was both times in the semi final against connecticut and then the final against it's mississippi state. Maybe start with connecticut and <hes> in that moment what you're thinking well. It was crazy just to get there right we have. We're playing six people. They're playing thirty the eight minutes a game and if somebody turns an uncle the season's over so we get out to <hes> to the west coast and we win the regional by beating oregon and now we're like oh my god like who would have thought we're going to get to the final four so we have no pressure. I mean we're just we're just there when we're not happy to be there. Were thinking you know we're gonna we're gonna play hard and and we're gonna see what happens. In playing connecticut in the semifinals always good for us because we've only ever we always beat them. In the semi final. We've never been never beaten them in the final only the semi finals so we think the gods are with us so we get into the game and we're playing pretty well and things are going well and we're up five with my twenty two seconds left in the game and so for anybody listening to this. You know you're supposed to win that game. I mean you're up europe with twenty two seconds left so he calls time out. They come over to the sideline and i say okay two things very simple. People do not give up a three and don't call timeout. If it goes in so we go out we immediately give up to three and everybody calls timeout so we we come over to the bench and i'm like hey. You know we're okay. We're okay. We don't really timeouts left so we better be able to get the ball in <hes> right now and we're still up to with the ball. Well <hes> you know. I don't know how much is left. We turn it over. They go down. They make a layup and they tie the game and so we come down. We have a chance to win it. We turn turn it over. We come back down. They get the last shot that falls off so now we're going into overtime and i think the biggest challenge for me. Was you know don't strangle anybody. Don't don't don't tell them what you really think. How did we lose that lead. How did we you know how do we get here. <laughter> just move on so at that moment. I looked at a reggae in the huddle. Well and i said to myself she's going to. She's going to be the one with the ball in her hands at the end of this game. No matter what happens because i could tell she was mad. She didn't have of an opportunity to have the ball. <hes> you know in in any of those last second place so that was the plan right then that she was going to get the ball and you know certainly came down to it and we get the ball out of bounds. We're gonna play for the last shot so we're holding the ball as long as we can. I think we had about twenty seconds to hold the ball. We're going to set a ball screen for riquet to come off and when that shot went in i mean it was it was a great shot. It was amazing <hes>. She had a really good look at it. They switched on the pick and she made the shot and <hes> just incredible joy. I mean just that moment to see your team. Celebrate <hes> and the smiles and the and the joy and and <hes> just the ecstasy of the moment i think was was one of the best memories ever <hes> you know it's it's a it's a fun moment that you'll always treasure and you know celebrating the locker room and go crazy because now i mean that should have been the final. That's what we're thinking right. God that could have been a better game and and to overtime games in that final four and we hope we get a fine old. That can be better. How could it be better than this with. That was the best right yes so. I mean you know when you beat a team like to you know their number want. Everybody expected him to win a huge upset and so you're just your adrenaline and everything and it was late because the first game was overtime arguments over time i mean it's it's like twelve thirty. I think by the time we get into <hes> ready ready to go to the press conference so it was a long night and you know came back against mississippi state got down scored three points in the second quarter which was a record. I don't think anybody's never been that bad in an n._c._a._a. Tournament game and you know down fifteen or sixteen come out in the second half and all of a sudden here. We come everything the thing we did wrong in the first half. Suddenly shots are falling. We're getting some stops you know. Come down right to the wire <hes> they throw it inside. We're going to double team <hes> mcallen and six seven. She's killing us the whole game and fortunately she misses the shot. We'd come up with the rebound and we get <hes>. We get a look at it. With three point point four seconds left call a play to go inside because now mcallen's fouled out and think we're going to score on the block and every day was the backup plan. She was plan b to come off the screen. They <hes> they double teamed. <hes> post player so rica was able to come off the screen and show was amazing. I mean i felt like it took five minutes to leave her hand and get through the rim <hes> just waiting and watching that <hes> is just such an incredible moment for everyone and to see that go through i never you get tired of watching that film again well and so a rica is showered with all the deserved love and becomes more of a household name because of that and so you have the agony and then the defeat because the next year she misses one of two free throws against baylor and you lose by one point. How how hard is it for are you because you're not just a coach you end up being apparent in a therapist and and everything else to to to help someone through that low moment when she's so admirably stepped up under pressure the year before you know it was heartbreaking and my my biggest regret is when the buzzer sounded i didn't go to her in instead ed going down in <hes> shaking hands with the with the coaches because that was a moment i felt like <hes> you know we needed to rally around her so when we got to the locker room the first thing i said that was the game is not one in the last second like that. The game was forty minutes. We we did so many things. During that forty minutes we must other shots. We turned it over. We didn't get rebounds rebounds. We didn't get stops. There were so many things to contribute to that so it it definitely was not one person <hes> and fortunately for us. Rica is such a great <hes> her mental game. I mean our mental toughness and her ability to let things go is is as good as anybody i've ever seen in in fact. I think she's kind of a role model for me of just let it go. You know to put it behind you. <hes> he did so many great things for us so to be able to get by that moment and <hes> i think she was probably the one person on our team. I think it was capable of getting over that. She's one of many of your players in the w._n._b._a. <hes> talk about what it's like to see them. Get to the next level and in such a different way than you did when you had your stint with the dreams well it's <hes> it's awesome to watch him and it's keeping me really a busy because there's so many money now we've got nine in the league and it seems like somebody always on so i always get to catch a game but seeing him in person. Is you know i feel more like at their mom. I think <hes> kind of fan then. I'm their mom and <hes> you know wondering like every every play you know i'm just looking at hoping that they play well on just knowing they made the team. I think marina was the last one <hes> to call in and say i made it and you know just the emotion of that moment of knowing everything. They worked for everything we did. You know we we had an impact on their careers on what they were able to do in the future that to reach their dreams and achieve their potential. It's such a great feeling as a coach to have to reward <hes> to look at that and see their face and <hes> just to understand <hes> how hard they worked in what they did to get there so it's it's been a blast watching them all and they're all doing well rick rick as should rookie of the year. I think she's having a phenomenal year jackie young starting for her team. <hes> marina or playing jessica unfortunately had a._c._l. Injury early but chip thirteen rebounds and our first game so you know they're all going to be successful so what happens if they're playing against each other. Are you getting texts out for you on well. It's funny 'cause i go to a lot of the fever games. We're now lead. Traumas is playing on on the fever and then when the other girls come into town i go. I don't cheer for teams. I cheer for individuals. I'm gonna sit right here and clap only when my girls do something everything good so it makes a little bit easier. Yeah you are like the parents except for you. Have many many kids instead of just the do where you have the split jersey. You have too many. There are a lot of stories about your competitiveness including the one. I briefly mentioned earlier you and your husband playing golf. He hits a hole in one instead of being excited for him. You do the quick math and realize that you then would have to hit a home want to beat him and you're angry. I'm ready to go home right so i think competitiveness being extremely extremely competitive. Myself is the reason that i'm great at what i do and has have found success. I think it's hard sometimes though to balance the qualities that make you great at your job but maybe aren't always great to be around. So how do you find ways to sort of make sure that you're using that to the best when it's necessary and ten bring it if possible at all when it's not and that's difficult and it's difficult for women because people don't expect us to be competitive you know expect us to be very compassionate schnitt nice and <hes> you know i've won a lotta sportsmanship award so i have to say..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

10:06 min | 2 years ago

"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

"Coach. Was that something that you dreamed of when you're playing no i didn't i you know i i just i love the game and i wanted to stay in and i didn't know what to do and so when the highschool job opened i thought you not just try it and see see how it goes. I think from my first practice. I was like this is it. This is going to be my life's work. <hes> <hes> so yeah. Are you started. Archbishop carroll high school coach there for two years <hes>. What was it like coaching at the high school level and did you always think i wanna see where you ambitious about. I want to get to the next level at all times. I was ambitious. I i definitely wanted to move up to the college level and i was fortunate to be able to do that early but coaching high school girls girls was really i i love the experience i mean it was all about the the team and they know the excitement and the energy and how they would be <hes>. You know just ready for every game. I thought they were just so coach. They all wanted to learn. They wanted to be good. <hes> i was fortunate that i walked into a really good situation had some really good players that a lot of them ended up playing division one <hes> but it was it was a great experience. I think probably a lot different than it is today but <hes> back then really enjoyed it and then <hes> saint joseph's back where you played and then lehigh which is <hes> my sisters all mater <hes> so that's another ten years or so or a little bit under a decade spent at the collegiate level as an assistant and then a head coach those early gigs at the collegiate level how different was basketball back then for women at that level level and how did it feel even for you from from when you had played well. It wasn't much different from when i played i when i was li hi i think i swept the floor before the game name and back then out on the floor so i was setting up the thirty second clocks. I had to pay the referees which was very difficult especially after a loss and basically we my husband ran the halftime show. Sometimes he had to keep the book. If somebody didn't show up <hes> it was it was not there was no support staff. We pretty much did everything ourselves. My staff consisted of three graduate assistants who had class almost every night so we we never really had had a full roster of coaches out there <hes> and we you know we didn't travel we didn't we didn't spend the night too. Many places either did a lot of travel by bus. I don't think we ever flew anywhere <hes> it was <hes> it was pretty pretty small but it was so much fun i mean i learned so much and i enjoyed it so much and i probably wouldn't stay. Stay there for forever if my husband hadn't talked me into applying for my current job. What was your husband doing for work. When you were at lee high for that <hes> five years he he worked for bank of america in sales. He had the <hes> he had a couple of different regions. He was in the northeast for a while and then he had the south for a while and he would just travel <hes> you you know a little bit during the week and he was always open to wherever you are coaching might take you. He would be willing to look for a job there he wasn't he wasn't unusual man. Dan i think he was <hes> he was always willing to make some sacrifices and adjust to what my schedule was and then when we came out here he <hes> you know hid quit his job and come out here and i think a lot of people thought that was a little unusual but for him. He was just supporting his wife. Yeah it's becoming less and less unusual which is good for everybody. I think she gets to notre dame. At age thirty two back in nineteen eighty seven tell me about <hes> you mentioned that he sort of pushed i you to apply. Was there a part of you. That thought. I'm not ready for that or why was there. Nudge required women have the same problem right. We look at where we are. We're we're very loyal. <hes> you know i was happy where i was like the people that gave me my first job. I felt like i owed them something. I thought what if i apply and i don't get it. Are they going to think i wanna aleve or or you know. They're going to be unhappy with me. I think all the things that women kind of think about that men <hes> don't give it as much <hes> thought to so coming out here and then then there was just the confidence of you know. Am i ready for. This is pretty big. Am i ready for this. <hes> can can i handle it and it was <hes> certainly a very different time back then and and they were really just getting started to coming off a losing season so it was a good time to come out what was named like in one thousand nine hundred seven was the school the atmosphere spirit expectations for you and other employees. Was it very similar. Have you noticed a change since you arrived well i. I think that certainly women's sports have grown tremendously in minnesota since i've been here in football is always been big. <hes> you know we had national champions in eighty eight. The you know right after i got here lou holtz with here. It was is a phenomenal time to be at notre dame digger phelps with coaching the men's basketball team <hes> and they were still independent back then so it was it was very different. We we joined the conference inference and we're in the north star conference in the m._c._c. before finally getting into the big east but we've grown tremendously. I mean when i first came it was not it was not the perfect setup for women out here. In terms of you know the success of the program there was there was no success there was not <hes> any tournament history no tradition but i liked the tradition of the school and i love that it was a place where people were committed to excellence and people expected excellence and you had to being a good student and you had to be <hes> a a pretty good person in i think the integrity of the school and what they stand for was really important to me. What's the best that's part of being in one place for so long. Now been there for thirty two years right you. You started with my age now. You're throwing it out again <hes> i it's been thirty two years right and you started at age thirty two so people wanna do the math they can. It's not necessarily know required on this podcast listener's u._s. concept in in the same place for more than thirty years so what's the best part about staying in what i had a part of the community. I think that's the best as part being <hes> being able to be active in the community be involved in the community and we've lived here longer than we've lived anywhere else so we really i feel like we're midwesterners now and being associated with notre dame i think is it's an honor and a blessing to me that i've been able to be here for this long and but just to represent notre dame across the country wherever we go <hes> to see how people are so <hes> appreciative i think of of what we've done for the program and certainly how we've represented what's the worst part of being in the same place that long <hes> <hes> you know i. I don't really see a downside to it. I think it's it's an unbelievable place. There isn't anywhere else. I've ever even been tempted to look at <hes>. I think i think being in one place the stability of the program <hes>. I think it's all good donald see any downside. Wait till you eventually retire or leave and and then we'll get back to that question say you did an interview with the e._s._p._n. W last year and you said when i think about how many game named as i've had that's eleven hundred days of my life that i've spent in a cocoon of stress. I could've been living so that could be flippant right that could be he said with a twinkle in your eye that you love it but it takes some of your life or maybe it reveals a deeper feeling that you have about the job you've chosen and maybe feeling the loss of those days sometimes arms. Which one is it or is it both well. You know i think one of the things i always wished that i could do more with enjoy the journey and that that's always been hard for me because i always think of worst case scenario. What's the worst outcome could what could happen in this game that i'm not prepared for or i haven't prepared the team for so i spend most of game day kind going through those <hes> catastrophe situations that could occur and <hes> i wish that i could just enjoy it more as we're going through it and especially looking back and going like wow that was a really great year and wishing that i could have enjoyed it a little bit more and and taking more time to <hes> you know i i don't do anything on gained allan talk to people <hes> especially when we're on the road you know. I don't really go out much so you know i probably could have enjoyed it a little more yeah. I heard there's a lot of pre-game solitaire puzzles. It used to be movies. I used to be back in the day something else so there's always some sort of thing that take your mind off straight basketball all day today but still there's no socializing or relaxing right. It's something that you're taxing your brain with yeah for sure i know i tried to get online and find those games that are supposed supposed to be stress relievers and making you calm and i remember brianna turner walking by me on the bus saying you know. It's not working so i did another. <hes> one of my good friends from high school is a two-time olympian in the pole vault and she would sit and read like glamour or mary clare or something while everybody else was jumping until they would tell her it was her turn and i always thought how can you not be watching and paying attention. She always said it was easier just to shut it off until it was time to go <hes>. I see that being a strategy for you. But have you ever tried the opposite. Have you ever said we're in this beautiful place. Let me go have cheese steak and philip heard about this thing that i'm supposed to do in this city. Let's go do that for the day yeah i. I'm trying. I'm trying. I think i'm getting a little bit better but still not at the point yeah even in the summer we go to a._u. Are you tournaments for. We're doing all this traveling and we never see the good spots. We're only seeing the inside of the gym. We mean your husband as well yeah when he's we've last year at the final four. We're going to enjoy this one and so every time i would get that face on he would say we're enjoying right that <hes> that's kind of what what led to my dance of joy after the connecticut the jig the leprechaun jake dec- ever get to push you enough to say oh you know we're we're on the trip. I really wanna go see this or do. This and you relent or is it..

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

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"muffet mcgraw" Discussed on That's What She Said with Sarah Spain

"That's what she said. Eh this week's guest is muffin mcgraw head women's basketball coach at notre dame where she has nine hundred and five and two seventy two record over her thirty. Two seasons sends their overall as a coach nine twenty three and two seventy four. She's letter team to nine final four seven championship game appearances to national championships in two two thousand one in two thousand eighteen. She's the women's basketball hall of fame and the naismith memorial basketball hall of fame and we had a great conversation. I mean if you guys know anything about my you know oh she's incredibly impressive <hes> but we talked about that nickname muffin and where it came from what it's like being a coach in the same place for over thirty years the good and the bad in that house she played pro ball in the seventies and how women's sports have kind of changed over the years how she still trying to avoid losing game days to stress how she can balance her preparation with feeling so anxious that she feels like she's giving time away <hes> her relationship with gino auriemma and a whole bunch of other stuff so it's a great conversation <hes> we also get into that viral rant earned her a bunch of praise from the likes of obama and serena williams and others so i hope you drew my conversation with muffin mcgraw. That's what she said so excited to have moffitt mcgraw on the podcast and as i was prepping for this and doing the research. I just came up with so much to talk about with you so let's get into it. There's so much to get to. I wanna start way back. You're one of seven kids growing up in pennsylvania. I i always try to picture very kind of hard ass leaders leaders and and you know bosses as children and it's very difficult for me so trying to describe what you're like as a kid. I was pretty boss. Even then i think i played point guard so <hes> you know i kinda grew up with the ball in my hand directing traffic and telling people where to go <hes> i was the middle child and so i think there's there's some thought that the middle child <hes> pessimist shoes but i looked at it as a leadership position and definitely was the one picking teams and <hes> deciding what everybody was gonna do today mostly girls or boys in that seven we actually started with four and four <hes> <hes> my oldest brother died when when i was a sophomore in high school so i i then that's why i'm probably not really the middle child what <hes> what did you pass away from. He had kidney disease. Oh how did that affect you and your family a lot growing up you know i i think i think it did. I think back then it was <hes> certainly a lot different than it is now. When you have eight kids nobody special right. We all had to kind of fight for what we got and even around the dinner table. Everybody had jobs that were assigned signed and you. <hes> you know you did a lot of chores we <hes> it was stuff to get the car you know that was that was different had one car <hes> but you know oh you <hes> you just go along and make it work. What did your parents do for work. <hes> my dad was an insurance. My mom stayed home for most of the time and then went back to work <hes> after all the kids were in school. She worked for my dad at the insurance. Company actually has a secretary. Oh <hes> so your real name ms and when did you start going moffitt pretty much right. After i was born <hes> my mom's name was anne and so my uncle decided he didn't want to have to ann's in the family family in <hes> yeah. I'm still thinking of a new story for that but that's that's pretty much the way it started out with a nursery. I'm like little miss moffatt then yeah. That's it the one we go to and that's the that's the answer that simple unfortunately do you like the name. It makes you stand out you know i it's difficult when you're calling for for hotel reservation in china to say and <hes> i yeah i i would have liked into maybe have something a little a little plainer but that would've been fine annie's good perfect <hes> i have to say spain like the country about one hundred times a day every time i call for anything so i can imagine that spelling <music> out moffitt is <hes> kia so into sports at a young age always seventh grade preece came into saint agnes grade school and said we're gonna start a girls basketball team who wants to play and my hands shot up that was the first time they had started playing when their third grade or whatever you start right but seventh grade it was and we were playing six on six wearing skirts jumpers with bloomers and <hes> boy that was really back in the pioneer your days and who would have thought that catholic church would be way ahead of the curve for <hes> title nine because this was right before title nine actually came in so i was. I was ahead of curve yeah. You don't remember talking to sister jean who became famous during that low final four run the none from loyal interacts with that men's team and back back in her day when she was playing it. Was you know half court and only certain people were allowed to shoot or go past a certain line. It was different rules and everything i presume you're playing standard standard basketball rules by then yeah well and once i got to ninth grade. It was all five on five just like the guys but it was definitely i mean in iowa. They're playing six on six in the nineties. He's so that that was something you know. Some people can cross court. They played a little different version of the game and fortunately we've all come to <hes> to join them in and play the five on five game. Wow that's crazy. Did you play other sports or just two played softball. That was pretty much. The only option back then it was the ball to sports for girls that was all we could handle and <hes> i think they might have had tennis so a couple of others when i got to college but those <hes> those those are the two so you played at saint joseph's university. What were your playing days like <hes> what was college basketball for women like then well. It was very different. That was the first first year it was a varsity sports so i came in and really on the ground floor and we had <hes> a very local schedule in philly we played. We played bryn mawr member. We played bryn mawr and it was pretty much a nursing school and they said well we'll only play you if you don't play your starters and somehow that was agreed upon so five starters sat on the bench and watch the game unfold <hes> we played a lot of <hes> of course the big five back then with all the big five teams and then imaculada with a powerhouse our house back then so we got to play them but we had maybe an eighteen or twenty game schedule hardly traveled. <hes> really really didn't even get on a plane. I don't think to my senior year sure <hes> when we went to the i w national tournament and that was <hes> that was very different. We didn't have practice close. We didn't have a sneaker deal. We did our own laundry. We we drove ourselves to half of the games <hes> because they were all local. We didn't have any there was no per diem. We didn't even know what that meant. We never stayed overnight and if we did if we had to it was four or to a room <hes> kinda wait until the guy's got done practicing and they practiced as long as they wanted and we just sat there and calmly waited for them to get off the court and then we took the court. There was no scholarships <hes>. It was very very different. It was definitely a pioneer days. So you know obviously we're gonna get get into your activism and your thoughts on equality and opportunity but way back then was there any part of you that looked around and thought this isn't fair or was it so ingrained reigned with society so clearly putting tears for boys and girls back then that it didn't really occur to be mad or frustrated that you had less you know i i. I think it didn't even occur to us at that point that we didn't have what the men had. I think we saw the inequity but we were so happy to be playing <hes> we were only plan because we love the game of basketball we you know we weren't getting paid to go to school so we just loved it and we thought this i guess this is what you have to put up with and then eventually actually i think it was more when i got into coaching then you start to see the inequities but back back in the early seventies <hes> i think that was the way society looked at i didn't we didn't get any attention which is actually not that much different than it is now <hes> but we certainly <hes> weren't getting games on t._v. And getting big stories in the paperback then yeah it's fascinating that it's now twenty nineteen and abby wambach main point of her book and speeches is that we need to stop just being happy that we have the opportunity to you play and it's something that was late sixties early seventies was the same thing <hes> sometimes it feels like we've gotten so far and then <hes> casually we're reminded that we're fighting a lot of the same battles adults which is unfortunate. We're constantly reminded of fighting this battle and it's it's frustrating and it's interesting i mean i think we're about four percent of media attention so i think we've got a long way to go and i think the women's soccer team and what they're doing has been great for all women's sports. I agree with that for sure. I'm curious a someone who went on to coach. What was your relationship with coaches. When you were a player maybe in high school and collegiate level. I had really good relationships with my coaches. I played for three different. Coaches is in college and so that was that was an interesting <hes> thing but you know there was there was never any oh gosh. We're getting new coach. I guess i might leave this team. You know you you went there because you wanted to be at that school and play with the the girls that you were surrounded by so playing for three different coaches. I think it taught you a lot. How every year you you know you had to kind of prove yourself all over again so you could never get complacent and i think that was <hes> probably a good lesson to learn. I think we had to overcome a few bumps in the road along the way and <hes> had a great experience so then you briefly played professionally for the california dreams of the women's professional basketball league. I have not heard of this team mm-hmm. That's that was just a show that came on after saved by the bell when i was growing up. Tell me about that league in that team. Well obviously you didn't and see my husband wearing the my wife is a dream t shirts that was that was that was something that was a phenomenal experience and again here we are playing professionally and just so happy to be there signed my contract for eleven thousand dollars and was thrilled to death that i was getting paid to play <hes> we went to california and and it was you know we played in these big rina's where there was very few people you could count them all during the national anthem and probably recognize most of them at the same time. <hes> we traveled travelled around the country it was it was very <hes>. It was very big. It was probably too big for when we started and we didn't quite get in engine number. Three games left and we folded. It was too big in terms of the number of teams. Well you know i was in california and we're you know we're going east to new new york. I mean it was just it was a very expensive venture on it. I think for what we had <hes> get paid which was not a great thing so my husband's i used to wait outside practice with the car running and we run out after practice and see if we'd be the first one to the bank because no direct deposit back then and maybe the first there's three or four checks with cash and we'd be lucky ones. Oh wow so that was just that wasn't even a full season. No we <hes> just almost made it. We folded just about three games to the finish while you beat the <hes> the recent football league that i've already forgotten the name of so that was just our team in the the league went two years. That was encouraging yeah absolutely so so you're already married by the time you were playing there at. Did you get married during college no right after college october of <hes> after i graduated excellent okay all right my husband no idea what he was getting into right you they got a high school coaching job right after that and <hes> that was it and then been coaching the rest of my life and not just <hes> roll with the punches. He obviously knew you were extremely athletic extremely into sports. Maybe not the extent to which it would define your lives. Did you always want to be a coach..

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