Former Notre Dame point guard Martin Ingelsby (pictured here in his playing days with ex-Irish star Troy Murphy and head coach Mike Brey after the 2001 squad captured the Big East's West Division crown), has been promoted to assistant coach for the Irish Men's Basketball team. Ingelsby, who served as the program's coordinator of basketball operations since matriculating from Wagner College, where he served a one-year stint as an assistant in 2002-03, will replace long-time Irish associate head coach Sean Kearney, who was named head coach at Holy Cross earlier this week.
The following is an excerpt of yesterday's release from the Notre Dame Athletics Office:
"There wasn't much of a search process after Sean (Kearney) was named head coach at Holy Cross," Brey said. "Martin is considered a rising star in the coaching profession and has earned the respect of other coaches around the country. More importantly, Martin is a Notre Dame man. He has been such a vital part of our program for such a long time as both a player and in his role as coordinator of basketball operations the six seasons. No one has more of a connection and passion for the program than Martin.
"Our players have a great deal of respect and trust for him and he has cultivated fabulous relationships with each and every one of them. I am excited that Martin will now have the opportunity to be on the road recruiting for us and selling our basketball program. This is a great day for Martin and his wife Colleen. No one is more deserving of this opportunity than him."
Ingelsby starred for Notre Dame from 1997-2001 and was the starting point guard for three seasons. As a senior in 2000-01, he averaged 8.2 points and a team-best 6.4 assists as a starter in all 30 games. Ingelsby led the Irish to the BIG EAST West Division title, the school's first-ever conference title. He guided Notre Dame to a 20-10 overall record and an 11-5 league record. In addition, the Irish advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after earning a berth in the 65-team field for the first time in more than a decade in Brey's first season.
Ingelsby ranks among the Irish career leaders in six categories. The former captain stands third in three-point field goal percentage (.424); fourth in assists (526); seventh in three-point field goals made (167) and three-point field goals attempts (394); tied for seventh in career games played (123); and eighth in steals (136). He also finished with career averages of 6.8 points and 4.3 assists.
He led Notre Dame in assists in three of his four seasons. In addition to his senior campaign, he was the Irish starting point guard as a freshman and sophomore. A 27-game starter during his freshman season (1997-98), he had a team-leading 150 assists and earned a spot on the '98 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.