Brey, ND Agree To Extension

If you use Mike Brey's metaphor in explaining his relationship with the University of Notre Dame as a marriage, then the happy couple decided to renew its vows after one of its best years.

The university announced today that Brey has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Irish sidelines through the 2014-15 season.

"It's a good marriage," Brey said this evening from the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron (OH). "I feel like I'm a great fit. I understand and believe in the mission of the university and I'm thankful that (University President) Father John (Jenkins) and the university feel the same way."

Brey will enter his ninth year in South Bend this season, and although it may not feel like it has been a very long time, in the world of college basketball it has. In fact, every other Big East school except two has had a change of head coaches since Brey was hired in July of 2000.

"Nine years at one place is a pretty good investment," Brey said, "Other than (Jim) Boehim and (Jim) Calhoun, I'm the longest-tenured guy in the league."

Still, Brey maintains that his mission remains the same.

"Nothing has changed since the day I got the job," he said. "I want to do a good job and always felt that this was a place where you could end your coaching career."

Brey has won back-to-back Big East Coach of the Year awards and has a 167-86 career record at Notre Dame, including a 25-8 mark last season. The Irish will enter the upcoming season with a school-record 37-game home winning streak and high expectations with all but one contributor from last season returning.

"I really love the kind of kids I get to work with," he said. "We have found a nice niche and have some great momentum in an unbelievably tough league."

Brey said that he and the university had been working on the details of the extension, which were not disclosed, since the spring.

"As his peers have acknowledged by selecting him Coach of the Year the past two seasons, Mike has built one of the top men's basketball programs in the Big East Conference," Jenkins said. "His quiet confidence and class are a perfect fit for Notre Dame, and I am sure that we'll enjoy still more success in coming years."

Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Brey was the head coach at Delaware and compiled a 99-52 record from 1995-2000.

Before Delaware, Brey worked alongside Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant at Duke from 1987-1995.

Brey was brought to Notre Dame to replace Matt Doherty and quickly turned around a program in a tough place. The Irish had not been invited to an NCAA Tournament in a decade prior to his arrival, but Brey brought Notre Dame to the tournament in each of his first three seasons.

He has tutored two Big East Player of the Year winners with Troy Murphy in 2001 and Luke Harangody last season.


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