Niele Ivey ’00

One of the finest point guards ever to wear the Notre Dame uniform, Niele Ivey joined the Fighting Irish women’s basketball coaching staff in May 2007 (she added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2012 and was promoted to associate coach in the summer of 2015). Ivey went on to spend 12 seasons under Coach McGraw before departing for an assistant coaching position with the Memphis Grizzles, becoming the ninth active female coach in the NBA.

Ivey was the common link between all nine of the school’s Final Four appearances (seven as a coach, two as a player). The St. Louis native worked closely with the development of the Fighting Irish point guards, while serving as the architect of the program’s remarkable recruiting success. In addition, Ivey made major contributions to game scouting and practice planning.

Ivey helped the Fighting Irish post a 386-55 (.875) record during her time on campus, including seven NCAA Women’s Final Four berths, six NCAA title game appearances, a 2018 national championship and 14 conference championships (eight regular season, six tournaments split between the BIG EAST and ACC).

Ivey played a key role in developing current WNBA stars such as Arike Ogunbowale, Jewell Loyd and Skylar Diggins-Smith at Notre Dame.