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SRU Women’s Basketball Coach, Former Karns City Asst. Coach McGraw Passes Away

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University women’s basketball coach Bobby McGraw, who was also a former assistant coach for the Karns City boys’ team, passed away Sunday, July 10.

“It was with great sadness we share the news that Slippery Rock head women’s basketball coach Bobby McGraw passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 10,” a message to the Slippery Rock community from president William Behre said. “Please join us in extending the University’s sincerest condolences to his family, friends, current and former student-athletes and all those touched by this tragedy.”

McGraw recently completed his eighth season as the Slippery Rock women’s basketball coach, He was the third longest-tenured coach in SRU women’s basketball history and led the program to 77 wins, the fourth-most in school history.

McGraw had been a member of the community for 10 years serving as the men’s assistant coach in 2012-13 and as the women’s assistant in 2013-14 before taking over the women’s program the following year.

McGraw coached with Chris Bellis at Karns City serving as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for a season.


A 1990 graduate of Mars High School, McGraw was inducted into the Mars Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. He also served as an assistant varsity coach at Freeport High School and was an assistant coach for the La Roche College men’s basketball team from 2010 to 2012.

McGraw played two seasons at Butler County Community College before playing one season at Clarion University (1992-93).

A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps Military Police and the Pennsylvania State Police, McGraw received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University.

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