Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Bray will “resign” after the season, the school announced.
Bray, 63, is in his 23rd season with Ireland. He is a four-time ACC Coach of the Year, was the 2011 National Coach of the Year and led the Irish to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015 and ’16.
“It’s been a great process for me and our program over the past two decades, but it’s time for a new voice to lead this team into the future,” Bray said in a statement. “I would like to thank our student-athletes, assistant coaches and support staff who have played such a pivotal role in the culture we have created.”
“From Fr. Malloy who hired me, to Fr. Jenkins’ mentorship and Jack (Swarbrick)’s friendship, I leave this place with immense gratitude for the University and proud of all we have achieved together. I look forward to working with Collaborate with Jack and take on any role that can help the Notre Dame family.”
His career coaching grades are 580-319 (.645), including a stint at Delaware. Before that, he was an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University and before that at DeMatha Catholic (MD) High School, which enabled him to later recruit many players from that school and the district.
The program has declined in recent years and has played in just one NCAA tournament since 2018. The Irish are 9-10, 1-7 in the ACC this year.
“Mike (Bray) and I have often talked in recent years about the future transition of the program’s leadership, and in our most recent conversations we have come to the mutual conclusion that the end of the season represents the right time,” said University Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor Said Jack Swarbrick.
“Mike (Bray) is the most winning coach in the 119-year history of Notre Dame men’s basketball, which speaks to his skills as a teacher of the game. However, his greater legacy lies in his education as a young man who played for him What he has achieved as a leader and mentor. In that sense, he represents the University, and any coach I have worked with during my time at Notre Dame. For this reason, I look forward to working with Mike to determine his future. role in Notre Dame athletics.”
“For more than two decades, Mike Brey’s program has maintained the highest integrity, producing student-athletes and achieving great success on the field,” said University of Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, CSC . “Despite all the pressure his sport brings, deep down he remains a teacher to young people, helping them perform at their highest level while growing into adults and preparing them for success beyond basketball.”
Some early potential replacements are Chris Quinn, former Notre Dame guard (2002-06) and now an assistant with the Miami Heat, current Oklahoma and former Loyola Chicago coach Porter Moser and current Loyola coach Drew Valentine.