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Notre Dame Associate HC Niele Ivey Hired as Assistant Coach by Grizzlies

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - MARCH 04: Notre Dame Fighting Irish assistant coach Niele Ivey seen on the sidelines during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Purcel Pavilion on March 4, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Connecticut 96-87 in triple overtime to win the Big East regular season title. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame associate head coach Niele Ivey has been hired as an assistant coach by the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to Notre Dame Women's Basketball, Ivey is the ninth active female assistant coach in the NBA:

Notre Dame WBB @ndwbb

☘️ ➡️ 🐻 @MemGrizz, you got a good one. Congratulations to @IrishCoachIvey, who becomes the ninth active female assistant coach in the NBA. #IrishInTheNBA #GoIrish https://t.co/Mx26nqky7g

Ivey issued a statement via Twitter, thanking Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw for providing her with an opportunity:

Niele Ivey @IrishCoachIvey

https://t.co/BW4GVZuri2

Ivey joins a new-look Memphis coaching staff led by first-year head coach Taylor Jenkins. Jenkins was hired in June after J.B. Bickerstaff was fired following a 48-97 performance in less than two full years on the job.

The franchise is in the midst of a two-year playoff drought. It took former Murray State star Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft in June.

Ivey had been a member of McGraw's coaching staff at Notre Dame since May 2007. The Fighting Irish earned 12 consecutive NCAA tournament berths during Ivey's tenure in South Bend, winning one national championship (2018) and finishing as runners-up five times.

McGraw offered Ivey no shortage of praise in her Notre Dame profile:

"Niele is really a rising star, a rock star if you will, in the coaching profession. She does so many things for us, from recruiting to working with our guards, and every year she continues to grow and develop as a coach. She’s gotten more involved in adding new wrinkles to our offense and defense, and expanding her knowledge by going out and talking to other coaches about different aspects of the game."

Not only did Ivey spend more than a decade as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, but she also suited up for the Fighting Irish. She played for them from 1996 to 2001, leading them to their first national championship in 2001.

Whether as a player (two) or a coach (seven), Ivey has been a part of all of the program's nine Final Four appearances.