Over the last several months, many Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans and media members openly discussed the possibility of this past season being the last hurrah for head coach Mike Brey. According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Mike Brey is doing the exact opposite — he’s coming back for his 22nd year as the head coach of the Notre Dame men’s basketball team.
NEWS: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey told @Stadium that he will 100 percent be back in South Bend next season and is looking forward to getting the Irish back to NCAA tourney.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 17, 2021
The last few years have been giant disappointments — especially coming after the two Elite 8 runs. While that can mean a change at the top at other institutions across the country, Mike Brey has more wins at Notre Dame than anyone else in the school’s history, which sits at 447 right now. Getting another year based on his tenure is certainly a debatable reason, but it’s not surprising.
Next season, Notre Dame returns everyone other than Nikola Djogo and Juwan Durham. It will be one of the most experienced and oldest teams in the country with Prentiss Hubb, Nate Laszewski, Dane Goodwin, Robby Carmody, Trey Wertz, and Cormac Ryan returning. They will also have the addition of Yale transfer, Paul Atkinson.
If the Irish are to turn things around, they’re going to have to get better on the boards and much, much better on defense. That will be the challenge ahead of Mike Brey — and not a new coach.