Mike Brey is guiding greatness at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Basketball Coach Mike Brey – from his mock turtlenecks to his updated bearded button-up look – is largely respected in the Notre Dame basketball community and the larger NCAA basketball community as a whole.
For Notre Dame, Mike Brey has rebuilt a program that saw years of relative under-achievement after the retirement of Notre Dame legend Digger Phelps into a consistent competitor. To build off of last year’s breakthrough – an ACC tournament title and a run to the Elite Eight – the Irish have reached the Sweet 16 for the second season in a row.
As a basketball fan, I’ve had a few personal interactions with Coach Brey. I, along with most anyone else who’ve I’ve never known to meet the man, have experienced why Coach Brey is known as one of the “nice guys” as the sport. He’s genuine, engaging, and knowledgeable; it’s easy to see why any college kid would want to play for Brey’s Fighting Irish.
As part of their Guiding Greatness Series, CBS Local Sports recently featured Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey for an in-depth discussion. The resulting video is pretty insightful: Coach Brey touches on what lead him into education and coaching, as well as his experience playing under the legendary Coach Morgan Wootten and coaching under Mike Krzyzewski.
From last year’s tournament run, the rest of his career, and the passing of his mother, we are given a unique look at the lessons Coach Brey has learned, and in turn teaches to his guys, on and off the basketball court.