Development Zone®


PCA Resource Center

Character Is Critical To College Coaches During Recruiting

Share This Resource

Mike Brey (@NDMikeBrey) is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame. He led his 2014-2015 team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. His success in South Bend includes leading nearly every one of his teams to post-season play and being named Big East Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Earlier, he was head coach at University of Delaware, and before that he was an assistant coach at Duke University, serving on the back-to-back national championship teams of 1991 and 1992. A PCA National Advisory Board Member, Mike graduated from George Washington University in 1982. He played for and coached with legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School.

"There's no doubt that character is a big part of a decision to offer a scholarship," Mike says in this video, "and we do our homework." He has assistant coaches track players' social media behavior, and when visiting high schools talks to many different people from teachers, to teammates, to random classmates in hallways, looking for insights into the recruit's character.

For more tips, check out these 5 Keys To Getting Recruited To Play College Sports.