Niele Ivey

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Niele Ivey
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Position Head coach
League Atlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1977-09-24) September 24, 1977 (age 45)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Listed weight149 lb (68 kg)
Career information
High school Cor Jesu Academy
(Affton, Missouri)
College Notre Dame (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Indiana Fever
Playing career2001–2005
Position Guard
Number33, 11
Coaching career2005–present
Career history
As player:
20012004 Indiana Fever
2005 Phoenix Mercury
2005 Detroit Shock
As coach:
2005–2007 Xavier (admin. assistant)
2007–2015 Notre Dame (assistant)
2015–2019Notre Dame (associate HC)
2019–2020 Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
2020–presentNotre Dame
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

  • NCAA champion (2018)

As head coach:

  • ACC regular season champion (2023)
  • ACC Coach of the Year (2023)
Stats at

Niele Deirdre Jamillah Viveca Ivey (born September 24, 1977) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team. She is a former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player for the Indiana Fever, Detroit Shock, and Phoenix Mercury. [1] Prior to her move to the NBA in August 2019, [2] she was an assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame women's basketball team, where she had played in college. She was an All-American point guard and became the 17th player in school history to record over 1,000 career points. She received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award presented for the nation's top player under 5'8" in 2001. [3] She would go on to lead the Irish women to their first NCAA Championship in 2001, in her hometown of St. Louis as a fifth-year senior. [4]


In the WNBA, she finished her career with 408 points, including over 100 in 2 separate seasons. She also had ninety 3-point field goals, 228 assists, and 94 steals.

High school

Ivey grew up playing many sports, but especially basketball. She learned the game from her older brothers, and was shooting from three-point range by the time she was in fourth grade. She attracted attention for her long-range shooting from high school coaches, including Gary Glasscock of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis. [5] Ivey had attended Catholic grade school, so it was a natural fit to attend Cor Jesu. As a junior, Ivey scored 18 points per game to help her team to a 31–0 record and a Class 4A State Championship, the first in school history. [6]

College career

Ivey was a big fan of Michael Jordan, who attended college at the University of North Carolina, so she was determined to go there for college. She used her own money to attend a basketball camp in Chapel Hill, but the UNC head coach, Sylvia Hatchell, appeared only at the opening and closing of the camp, and did not get a chance to see Ivey play. Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame became interested in Ivey, and traveled to St. Louis a number of times to watch Ivey play pick-up games at the YMCA in St. Louis. [7] McGraw was prohibited by NCAA rules from talking to recruits at this time, but Ivey was aware of her presence, and it convinced her that McGraw was seriously interested in her. Ivey decided to commit to attend Notre Dame. [8]

Notre Dame statistics

Source [9]

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
1996–97Notre Dame51537.5%0.0%75.0%
1997–98Notre Dame3125444.9%37.3%78.8%
1998–99Notre Dame2836950.2%44.8%87.0%
1999-00Notre Dame3235843.4%36.5%75.3%
2000–01Notre Dame3643446.3%44.2%71.2%

Coaching career

Following the retirement of Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw in April 2020, Ivey was named the Fighting Irish head coach. [1]

Personal life

Ivey was born September 24, 1977, in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Thomas and Theresa Ivey. She was the youngest of five children, and the only daughter. [10] She attended Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis and played at the University of Notre Dame. She has one child, Jaden Ivey, born on Feb. 13 2002, with former Notre Dame and NFL player Javin Hunter. Jaden played college basketball for Purdue and in 2022 was drafted with the fifth pick of the First Round by the Detroit Pistons. [11] [12]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2020–present)
2020–21 Notre Dame 10–108–76th
2021–22 Notre Dame 24–913–5T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2022–23 Notre Dame 27–615–31st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Notre Dame:61–25 (.709)36–15 (.706)
Total:61–25 (.709)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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