As we said recently, several ACC coaches are likely to either retire or be let go due to either age or poor performance. Looks like the first domino is about to fall as former Duke assistant and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey has decided to retire, according to the South Bend Tribune, he’s going to tell his team today.
Like a lot of coaches, Brey has had a tough time since the pandemic and the tremendous instability brought about by NIL and the transfer portal have made coaching that much more difficult. But he had a great run at Notre Dame and has always coached with integrity and humility. He won’t be easy to replace.
Tom Noie of the Tribune, who has been rooting for this for some time, broke the news and said this:
“The Tribune has learned that Brey, the winningest coach in program history, the guy who took a program going nowhere and took it somewhere — in two different conferences — has decided that this season will be his last. A source close to Brey told the Tribune on Thursday afternoon that he will leave at the end of the season.
“Brey planned to tell the team after Thursday’s practice. He could not immediately be reached for comment.”
The season isn’t over obviously but as of now, Brey’s career record at Notre Dame is 481-237 and his career record, counting a stellar run at Delaware, is 580-319.