Welcome back, Michaela!
Earlier today, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team announced that they have a former player coming back to be an assistant coach. After Niele Ivey left earlier this month to be an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies, Muffett needed to replace her position.
Now, Michaela Mabrey is coming back and filling Ivey’s position on the coaching staff. Mabrey is joining much of the coaching staff that coached her in her tenure here at Notre Dame. The 2016 graduate (shouout class of 2K16!) will continue the great impact that she made with the program as a player. Muffett McGraw explained:
“Michaela is familiar with our program, as well as what being a student athlete at Notre Dame entails. As a player, she was a great leader, always poised under pressure, and brought a positive, encouraging voice that her teammates all respected. We look forward to having her bring those same skills to our coaching staff.”
Mabrey was an avid three-point shooter in her 2012-2016 tenure. She had 228 total, so she is not the only Mabrey to dominate beyond the arc. She more than likely taught Marina, 2019 graduate and 2nd round WNBA pick this year, a lot of what she knows. The Mabrey sisters are a force to be reckoned with.
Since her departure in 2016, Mabrey worked at University of Miami, Miami (OH) as an assistant, and then LSU as Director of Recruiting. But, now, she is back home at her alma mater. She is going to make an awesome addition to the coaching staff in a program that has shown so much dominance. Muffett is also continuing to have an all-female coaching staff, which is boss.
And, in other news
It was recently announced that the Irish and the UConn Huskies will continue to play a regular season game against one another every season for an additional four years. This coming season was the final one of the past contract, but now both programs have agreed to play through 2023. This coming season’s game is in Storrs, CT, as will the 2021 and 2023 contests. The 2020 and 2022 games will be at Purcell Pavilion. The fierce rivalry, and arguably the best rivalry in the country, continues for some more years.