Mike Brey On Coaches' Sideline Demeanor: Smile And Have Fun
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.
Mike emphasizes the importance of a coach's demeanor and what it can convey to players. If you coach tight, players play tight. It is important for coaches to also notice areas for improvement and critique players so they can make necessary adjustments. However, he also recalls success in a 2015 NCAA Tournament game against Butler, where he asked all his players to smile, have fun and "Let it rip!"