Fans react to Coach Muffet McGraw's retirement

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Notre Dame's head women's basketball coach, Muffet McGraw, announced her retirement on Wednesday. McGraw spent more than three decades as the Fighting Irish's head coach.

"I was shocked," said fan Judy Ciesialka. "I’m just really surprised but I guess that she’s ready!"

McGraw's success on the court brought Notre Dame Women's Basketball into the national spotlight.

"A small gal from Pottsville, Pennsylvania all the way to ending her career at Notre Dame a couple of National Championships, you can’t get any bigger than that," said Patrick Mulligan, owner of Mulligan's Bar and Grill in South Bend.

McGraw's impact on Notre Dame was huge, but her impact on women's basketball was even bigger.

"Oh, she’ll be hard to be replaced, and she’s just been a wonderful powerhouse for women," said Ciesialka.

McGraw led the Fighting Irish to two National Championships in 2001 and 2018 and fans now that she left the program in much better shape than she found it.

"I know one thing, I wish her well because all she’s done is phenomenal things for the University of Notre Dame and our basketball program," said Mulligan. 

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