Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey has often alluded to the future of Irish basketball with the disclosure, “Well when Coach Ingelsby is in charge of the program...”
Now it appears Ingelsby will follow in his mentor’s footsteps sooner rather than later, today officially announced as the new head coach of the Delaware Blue Hens.
It was Delaware at which Brey began his career as head coach in 1995 after serving for a combined 14 seasons under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and prep legend Morgan Wooten at DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, MD).
Ingelsby has been on Brey’s bench since the 2003-04 season, first as the coordinator of basketball operations, then serving the last seven seasons as an assistant coach. A former three-year starting point guard at the program, Ingelsby’s senior season of 2000-01 was played as a captain under Brey, and in congress with future NBA All-Star Troy Murphy, the pair helped guide the program to its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1989-90 campaign.
Ingelsby was likewise part of a pair of recent milestones for the program, first after becoming a full-time assistant in 2009 as the Irish subsequently earned NCAA Tournament bids in seven of the next nine seasons, then, more important, as a key assistant during the team’s pair of Elite 8 appearances over the last two seasons.
The squad’s current run of NCAA Tournament appearances in seven of nine years is the best at the program since Digger Phelps’ Irish earned the honor in eight straight seasons through 1981.
Ingelsby takes over a Blue Hens program in flux. According to Sports Illustrated’s Brian Hamilton, five of the team’s nine remaining scholarship players have asked for release to transfer per The (Wilmington) News-Journal.
Delaware fired head coach Monte Ross after 10 seasons, his last a 7-23 struggle. The Blue Hens last appeared among the NCAA Tournament field in 2014 and prior, in 1998 and 1999 under Brey.