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Mike Brey is one of the familiar faces in college basketball, as he is the head coach at the University of Notre Dame.

His coaching background is superb, as he played for and coached under the legendary Morgan Wootten at DeMatha (MD) High School while also serving as an assistant for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. The 47-year-old Brey took over at Notre Dame in July of 2000 after building Delaware into a quality mid-major program.

After playing college basketball at Northwestern State and George Washington, Brey spent five seasons as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., under Wootten before taking the assistant's post at Duke. He served as DeMatha head junior varsity coach and varsity assistant beginning in 1982. During the five years, DeMatha combined to finish 139-22 while claiming four league crowns and two city titles -- as well as a number-one ranking by USA Today in 1984.

His efforts at DeMatha led to an assistant coaching position at Duke, where he served under Krzyzewski for eight seasons beginning in 1987-88. During that time, he saw the Blue Devils advance to six NCAA Final Fours, four national title games and claim the NCAA championship in both 1991 and 1992. The Blue Devils finished with a combined 216-65 record (.769) during his eight seasons and won 24 or more games in seven of those campaigns. During his tenure at Duke, he recruited and worked daily with four of the greatest players in that program's history -- Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill.

Regarded as Krzyzewski's top assistant, Brey took over at Delaware, and he instantly made an impact. In the span of five seasons, he guided the Blue Hens to success never before experienced in the program's history. His five years at Delaware combined to produce a 99-52 record for Brey, including a 60-30 mark in America East competition. Prior to his arrival at the Newark, Del., school, Delaware had made only two previous trips to the NCAA tournament -- but doubled that total in his third and fourth seasons. In 1997-98, Brey copped co-America East coach-of-the-year honors after his team finished with a 20-10 overall record and won the America East Conference title with a 12-6 mark. The Blue Hens earned the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional and lost to Purdue in the first round.

Success for Brey's teams at Delaware were not limited to the court. While at Delaware, every senior who completed his eligibility graduated. Mike Pegues, an all-America East forward, was a third-team Academic All-American and America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 1997-98.

During his tenure at Duke, Brey recruited and worked daily with four of the greatest players in that program's history -- Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill.

Having missed out on the Irish head coaching vacancy in March of 1999, Brey earned another shot a year later. When Matt Doherty left for the University of North Carolina in July after just one season, Brey was the man director of athletics Kevin White targeted for the Notre Dame post.

In six seasons at Notre Dame, Brey has already made his mark at the "football school." He has tallied a 118-70 overall record (.628) and a 55-41 mark in Big East play. Brey has a BIG EAST Conference championship banner, three NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003 to his credit. His teams have averaged nearly 20 wins per season and won nearly 63-percent of their contests.

In each of his six seasons, Brey has had at least one player earn all-BIG EAST honors. This year, point guard Chris Quinn was a first-team All-Big East pick. In '05, Chris Thomas became the first Irish player to earn all-conference honors all four years when he garnered third-team accolades. In '04, Thomas was a second team for the second straight year, while Torin Francis was an honorable mention selection. Thomas was also an honorable mention selection by Associated Press for the second consecutive year.

After reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons, Brey has missed the Big Dance the past three. In the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns, Notre Dame was the only team from one of the six major conferences (ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC) to have a winning record in league play and not receive an NCAA bid in each of the last two seasons.

His recruiting impact already has been felt on the Notre Dame program with the enrollment of McDonald's and Parade All-Americans -- Thomas in the fall of '01 and Francis in '02 and current Irish freshmen Luke Zeller in '05. In addition, Thomas and Zeller, both Indiana natives, won the prestigious Mr. Indiana Basketball award and are the only two recipients of the honor to come to Notre Dame.

In 11 seasons as a head coach, Brey's teams have won three conference titles, proving he is capable of winning the banners that Wolfpack fans cherish.

Mike Brey is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball and his resume speaks for itself. A proven winner, a great leader, and a superb role model, Brey has succeeded every step of the way. Notre Dame athletics contributed to this report

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