The rise of Mike Brey: College basketball’s most overlooked head coach

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When most people argue over who the NCAA’s best men’s head coaches are, John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim and Jay Wright are overwhelmingly mentioned. However, there’s a case to be made for why Notre Dame’s head coach, Mike Brey, should be mentioned with those other high-profile names.

Over the last few years, Notre Dame has made a push to be a perennial powerhouse in arguably the best conference in college basketball, the Atlantic Coast Conference. In the last three years alone, Notre Dame reached the Elite Eight twice, the ACC tournament final twice and won the ACC Championship in 2015. If you look at the recruits Brey works with at a school that doesn’t necessarily value its men’s basketball program the way the other ACC schools do, it’s pretty darn impressive to see Notre Dame achieve so much. Outside of Demetrius Jackson, who was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, there really aren’t too many touted recruits that have played for Brey. Regardless, Brey groomed what he had to work with into stellar teams.

To get a better sense of what Brey has accomplished since he was hired in 2000, I created an info-graphic using Venngage to highlight his accomplishments. Don’t just take my word for it. Look at the facts, and you’ll soon realize how elite of a coach Mike Brey really is.


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