OVERVIEW: Beth Cunningham, a former two-time All-America guard at the University of Notre Dame and the program's all-time leading scorer, was named associate women's basketball coach for the Fighting Irish on May 1, 2012. Cunningham returned to her alma mater following 11 seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the final nine campaigns as the Rams' head coach.
At Notre Dame, Cunningham's primary focus is working with the Fighting Irish wing players, as well as constructing game strategy and scouting reports, helping to develop daily practice plans and aiding the program's nationally-ranked recruiting efforts.
"One of the things we've always tried to stress with our program is developing and maintaining the right chemistry, whether that be among our players or our staff," head coach Muffet McGraw said. "When the opportunity came to welcome Beth back to our program, it made perfect sense. She is one of the true greats in Notre Dame women's basketball history, the consummate leader on the court and in the locker room. Both (associate coach) Carol (Owens) and I had the great fortune to coach Beth during her playing days, and (assistant coach) Niele (Ivey) was one of her teammates during our 1997 Final Four season, so there's already that built-in chemistry and comfort level among our staff. Beth is a proven winner, both as a player at the college and WNBA levels, and as a coach, and I couldn't be happier to have her joining our staff."