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Assessing A Recruit's Parents

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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.

In this video, Mike explains the importance a recruit's parents. "It's fair to say maybe we backed off offering a scholarship because I wasn't sure I could communicate the right way with the parent...It's such a big, big part of the equation."

While watching a recruit play, he also watches a family's reaction in the stands. Some of the parents Mike has most appreciated were those who played college sports and are more likely to understand a coach's thinking. Perhaps most importantly, he assesses parents on the front end of the recruiting process and talks to recruits' parents throughout.

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