Notre Dame re-signs Muffet McGraw

Notre Dame has rewarded longtime coach Muffet McGraw with a historic contract extension after she led the Fighting Irish to consecutive national runner-up finishes, signing her to a 10-year deal through the 2021-22 season.

"We are thrilled to be able to enter into a decade-long agreement with Muffet, who is not only the face of Notre Dame women's basketball, but increasingly, the face of women's basketball, given all that she's accomplished," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Monday on the school's website.

In addition to national championship game appearances the past two seasons, McGraw has led Notre Dame to the 2001 national title and another runner-up finish in 1997. She is one of three active NCAA Division I coaches to take one team to at least three national title games.

According to the statement, the deal is believed to be one of the longest contract agreements in NCAA women's basketball history.

Notre Dame hired McGraw as head coach in May 1987.

McGraw, 56, is 591-215 in 25 seasons with the Irish and her Notre Dame teams have made 19 NCAA tournament appearances, including 17 in a row. She is 679-256 overall, including five seasons at Lehigh.

"It's a privilege to be able to represent Notre Dame, in what is certainly the greatest job in the world, for another 10 years," McGraw, 56, said in the statement on the website. "I've been so blessed to work with some incredibly talented people, both in terms of the student-athletes that have come through Notre Dame, and the coaches and staff who have been part of our success through the years.

"We also have a tremendous administration, and I'm grateful to both Jack and Father Jenkins for their support," McGraw said of Notre Dame's AD and its president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, "as well as the support of our amazing fans, who are absolutely the best in the country."

Notre Dame's 2012 season ended with an 80-61 loss to Brittney Griner-led Baylor, which capped a perfect 40-0 season for the Lady Bears.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.