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Brey in 2014
March 22, 1959|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1982–1987||DeMatha HS (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 America East regular season (1998, 1999)|
2 America East Tournament (1998, 1999)
Big East West Division (2001)
ACC Tournament (2015)
America East Coach of the Year (1998)|
3× Big East Coach of the Year (2007, 2008, 2011)
CBSSports.com National Coach of the Year (2011)
Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year (2011)
2× NABC District V Coach of the Year (2011, 2012)
Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award (2012)
Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year (2011)
Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (2008)
Early life and education
Brey, the son of Olympic swimmer Betty Brey, graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland in 1977. As a two-year letter winner under coach Morgan Wootten, Brey helped the team to a 55–9 mark. He enrolled at Northwestern State University, where he played varsity basketball for three years (1977–1980). In 1982 Brey graduated from George Washington University with bachelor's degree in physical education. He played one season at George Washington in 1981-82 after sitting out the 1980-81 season as a transfer. He served as team captain and was named most valuable player with 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Colonials.
He returned to his former high school, becoming an assistant coach under Morgan Wootten. In 1987, he was hired by Duke University to assist Mike Krzyzewski, and in 1995 he took over his first head coaching job at the University of Delaware. Brey guided the Fightin' Blue Hens to a 99–51 record over five years, leading the team to two America East Conference Championships and subsequently two trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 2000, Mike Brey became the head coach at the University of Notre Dame where he holds a 383-190 record.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
In 2000, he succeeded Matt Doherty as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Basketball. Notre Dame had not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1990. Brey led the Irish to the NCAA tournament in his first three years as head coach (2001–2003), notching a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003. He since led the team to tournament appearances in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. On December 29, 2017, Coach Brey tied Coach Digger Phelps for the greatest number of wins by a coach at Notre Dame at 393.
During the 2007–08 season, Brey led the Irish to a 24–6 regular season mark. He was named the Big East Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season on March 11, 2008. Notre Dame had a 45-game home winning streak between February 2006 and February 2009 - the second longest in school history. By completing the 2007–2008 regular season 18–0 at home, Brey coached the first team in Big East history to have consecutive undefeated seasons at home.
On June 19, 2012, Coach Brey signed a 10-year extension to remain the head coach of the Notre Dame Irish up until 2022. The financials were not released.
During the 2014-15 season, Brey's Notre Dame team went 32-6 and won the ACC conference tournament. The squad advanced to the Elite Eight, losing a close game to Kentucky. The 32 wins were the most by a Notre Dame men's team since 1908-09. He also passed Hall of Famer George Keogan for second place on Notre Dame's all-time wins list, trailing only Digger Phelps.
Notre Dame advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season, defeating Michigan, Stephen F. Austin, and Wisconsin as the 6 seed in the East region. Notre Dame lost to North Carolina 88-74 in the Elite Eight.
During the 2016-17 regular season, Brey's team went 23-8. They finished the season in a three-way tie with Florida State and Louisville. The Irish were given a 3-seed in the ACC tournament which guaranteed them a double bye. Notre Dame dominated its first two games against Virginia and Florida State and sparked another ACC tournament final appearance for the second time in three years. The Irish went on to lose in the tournament final to Duke, 75-69. Notre Dame received a 5-seed in the West region of the NCAA tournament and defeated Princeton in the first round before falling to West Virginia in the second round.
Head coaching record
|Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (America East Conference) (1995–2000)|
|1997–98||Delaware||20–10||12–6||T–1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1998–99||Delaware||25–6||15–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1999–00||Delaware||24–8||14–4||3rd||NIT First Round|
|Delaware:||99–52 (.656)||60–30 (.667)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (2000–2013)|
|2000–01||Notre Dame||20–10||11–5||1st (West)||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2001–02||Notre Dame||22–11||10–6||2nd (West)||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2002–03||Notre Dame||24–10||10–6||T–3rd (West)||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|2003–04||Notre Dame||19–13||9–7||7th||NIT Quarterfinal|
|2004–05||Notre Dame||17–12||9–7||6th||NIT First Round|
|2005–06||Notre Dame||16–14||6–10||T–11th||NIT Second Round|
|2006–07||Notre Dame||24–8||11–5||4th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2007–08||Notre Dame||25–8||14–4||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2008–09||Notre Dame||21–15||8–10||T–9th||NIT Semifinal|
|2009–10||Notre Dame||23–12||10–8||T–7th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2010–11||Notre Dame||27–7||14–4||2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2011–12||Notre Dame||22–12||13–5||3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2012–13||Notre Dame||25–10||11–7||T–5th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)|
|2014–15||Notre Dame||32–6||14–4||3rd||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|2015–16||Notre Dame||24–12||11–7||T–5th||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|2016–17||Notre Dame||26–10||12–6||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|2017–18||Notre Dame||21–15||8–10||T–10th||NIT Second Round|
|Notre Dame:||403–201 (.667)||187–122 (.605)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- "Notre Dame's Harangody and Brey sweep Big East postseason awards". Sports Illustrated. March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11.[dead link]
- "Notre Dame's Hansbrough Named BIG EAST Player of the Year" Archived March 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. BigEast.org. Published 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
- Norlander, Matt (March 22, 2015). "Winning Notre Dame coach Mike Brey reveals his mom died on Saturday". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Notre Dame Bio
- "Harangody, Brey Take Home Top Big East Honors". UHND.com. March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12.