Thursday , May , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Notre Dame extends Brey

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Notre Dame head basketball coach Mike Brey
has signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract with the
Fighting Irish through the 2012-13 season.

Brey, who just finished his seventh season at the helm of the Irish, was named
the 2007 Big East Conference coach of the year after leading Notre Dame to a
24-8 record and reaching the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in seven

The Irish lost 74-64 to Winthrop in the first round of the NCAA tournament but
finished No. 17 in the final Associated Press basketball poll, its best finish
since 1986.

“Mike has our program on the rise, as evidenced by the tremendously exciting
season that recently concluded with a bid to the NCAA Tournament,” said Notre
Dame president Rev. John Jenkins. “He has led our team with consistency and
class for the past seven years, and represented well the values and ideals of
Notre Dame athletics. I look forward to still more success in the future.”

Brey has recorded a 142-78 record with the Irish and a career coaching record
of 241-130, which included five years at Delaware before arriving in South

“Mike is a highly gifted and talented leader, who has a great sense of what it
takes to be extremely competitive within the Big East Conference, as well as
nationally,” Irish athletic director Kevin White said. “His recent selection
by his peers, as the Big East coach of the year, speaks volumes. Coach Brey
has our program moving solidly in the right direction, on all fronts. For this
and more, I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Irish basketball.”