program has been able to accomplish in those 11 years. We laid the
groundwork for uncharted territory for the women's basketball program
and what we've done here, but at the same time, it's a very unique
opportunity to go back to Notre Dame, go back to my alma mater.
"It's always been a dream of mine to coach with coach McGraw and her
coaching staff at Notre Dame. It's a very unique opportunity. After
discussing the opportunity with Coach, I just felt like it was
something that I couldn't pass up."
Cunningham will join another former head coach on the Irish staff.
Carol Owens was in charge of the Northern Illinois program before
coming to South Bend.
"Now we have three head coaches on our bench," McGraw said. "That's
going to be a great thing for our program.
"Beth has a lot of strengths, and I think the first one is going to be
in the gym working with the wings. She played the position. She can
still play the position. I think we're going to have some great games
in practice with her and Niele on the other team. She can show them
not just what they're supposed to do, but she can get out there and do
the things that will make them successful."
McGraw knows that a coach as highly regarded as Cunningham may not