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Mike Brey

Mike Brey, the all-time winningest coach in Notre Dame men’s basketball history, recently completed his 18th season (2000-01 to present) as head men’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame, and he will serve in his first USA Basketball coaching assignment as a court coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp.

At Notre Dame, Brey has compiled a 403-202 record (.666 winning percentage), and he has led his teams to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2015 and 2016 Elite Eight.

“It is an honor to be a part of USA Basketball, which plays such a key role in setting the worldwide standard for our sport,” Brey said. “I'm looking forward to working with the athletes that will be a part of the foundation for basketball in the United States over the next decade and helping out a great coaching staff that has already been assembled.”

This past season in 2017-18, Brey led the Fighting Irish to a 21-15 record and the NIT second round.

Also taking into account his five seasons (1995-96 to 1999-2000) as the head coach at the University of Delaware, during which time he tallied a 99-52 record (.656), Brey owns a career head coaching mark of 502-254 (.664).

In 2016-17, Notre Dame went 26-10 and earned one NCAA Tournament win.

In 2014-15, the Irish captured the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship en route to a 32-6 record, which was the second most wins for an Irish men’s basketball team, and the team advanced to the 2015 Elite Eight.

In 2011, Brey was the recipient of both the Associated Press and the Henry Iba/USBWA National Coach of the Year award.  He was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011, and three of his players have been named Big East Player of the Year.

In his first season with the Irish, Brey led the team to the 2001 Big East West Division championship.

Before arriving at Notre Dame, Brey was the head basketball coach at Delaware, where he won America East Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1998.  At Delaware, he guided the program to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999.

Brey also spent eight years as an assistant coach at Duke, during which time the Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four six times and won back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992. 

 

Brey played for and coached with legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School in Maryland. He played two years at DeMatha, helping the Stags to a 55-9 record.

He played basketball at Northwestern Louisiana State (now Northwestern State) for three seasons (1977-78 to 1979-80), where he led the team in assists and steals all three years and still ranks among the top 10 in career assists. He played his final collegiate season at George Washington University in 1980-81 after sitting out the 1979-80 season as a transfer. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Colonials, serving as team captain and eventually earning the team’s Most Valuable Player Award.

He graduated from George Washington in 1982 with a degree in physical education.

After his graduating from college, Brey spent five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping DeMatha to a 139-22 record and four league titles.

Brey serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer National Council; he has partnered with the American Heart Association to create the Men of Heart initiative, raising funds and awareness for men’s heart health; and he is on the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance. 

Brey has also been inducted into the University of Delaware and the George Washington University Athletics Halls of Fame.

Additionally, he comes from an athletic family of educators. His late father, Paul, was a high school athletics director in Maryland while his mother, the late Betty Mullen, was the women’s swimming coach at George Washington. Betty was perhaps the family’s most accomplished athlete, as she attended Purdue University and swam for the AAU team in West Lafayette, Indiana. For a time, she held the world record in the butterfly events and competed for the United States at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Betty’s brother, Jack Mullen, played guard at Duke University and was a member of the school’s first ACC championship team in 1950. 

Brey’s younger sister, Brenda, swam competitively at LSU and is a physical education teacher in the Rockville, Maryland, area. His younger brother, Shane, was a high school standout at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Brey has two children - Kyle and Callie - and a granddaughter, Olivia Marie. Kyle was a tight end and fullback for the University of Buffalo from 2006-09, who then moved into the coaching ranks as a quality control coach at Kansas, Youngstown State and Ohio State. He currently is the head football coach at Ardery Kelly High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

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