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Brey makes Ayers addition official

Mike Brey said he’d make adding former players to his coaching staff a priority this summer. The Irish head coach finished that job Tuesday when the homecoming of Ryan Ayers became official.

When Notre Dame works out for the first time this summer it will have a complete set of assistant coaches on hand.

That was never really a question for Mike Brey, but it became a certainty on Tuesday morning when the University announced the hiring of former Irish guard Ryan Ayers to round out the coaching staff. Ayers follows Ryan Humphrey inbound as the two former captains replace Martin Ingelsby (Delaware) and Anthony Solomon (Georgetown).

The Irish begin summer workouts on Thursday night.

The two new assistant coaches will meet the media on Friday.

“We are going back to the well of former players, ‘getting the band back together’ so to speak,” Brey said in a statement.

“Ryan Ayers was one of those players that took time to develop. He got older, he got stronger then as the light bulb went on he had two great years as a junior and senior. We get a lot of young men who develop like that and to have Ryan here as an example, to talk them through those developmental stages, will be very important.”

Brey is banking on a similar rise by Ayers through coaching after serving as an assistant at Bucknell the past two seasons. After departing Notre Dame as a captain of the 2008-09 team (21-15, NIT semifinals), Ayers played in the D-League and abroad (Finland and France) before retiring after the 2014 season.

Ayers finished his Irish career as the program’s fourth-best three-point shooter (.424). He also finished 11th all-time in three-pointers made (170) and attempted (401).

Ayers is the son of Randy Ayers, who’s served as an assistant coach in the NBA for the better part of the past 20 years. He was also the head coach at Ohio State from 1989-97.

“He comes from great bloodline with his Dad being a former college and NBA coach,” Brey said. “He is a natural for this position and paid his dues at Bucknell. I am thrilled to have a class act and a winner back in our program.”


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