Notre Dame announced Thursday that longtime basketball coach Mike Brey, who has been with the program since 2000 and had 481 wins as an Irish head coach, will step down at the end of the 2022-23 season. The decision leaves a gaping hole at a position that will draw significant interest from the mid-major ranks and even to sitting head coaches given Notre Dame’s resources and standing in the ACC hierarchy.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick is likely to leave no stone unturned as he tries to replace another coach for the second time in three years after football coach Brian Kelly left LSU last season, and he has a big brand in a conference large to achieve the potential. candidates. However, it is unclear what direction he will take in landing his next man and the level at which the university is willing to invest. Sources told CBS Sports that it was doubtful the university would be willing to dig deep into its pockets to land a sitting head coach at the power conference level. Doing so would likely require shelling out for a buyout, and competitive wages to move the needle could exceed the $4 million per year mark.
So, who will end up being the next head coach, there are many factors that are still unclear at the moment. As such, the pool of candidates from which Notre Dame can search is vast.
We’ve put together a list of six names that we think Notre Dame could and should target at this point with the caveat that this is as much a wish list for Irish fans right now as it is an actual candidate list. . As the season progresses and more intel comes in, our list will be updated.
1. Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
If Notre Dame is going to target a big name from the upper classes in the realistic field, Holtmann would have to be at or near the top of the wish list. He was 70-31 in three seasons at Butler and is 117-64 in five-plus seasons at Ohio State with 20-plus wins in each of his campaigns. His compensation is reportedly around 30th in the country, which is a nice discount for the Buckeyes with a coach who suggests he is closer to a top-15 coach in America. Acquiring Holtmann may require significant cash value in terms of salary but it is only $2.5 million.
2. Chris Quinn, Miami Heat assistant
If Notre Dame wants to find nostalgia it could find a healthy outlet for Quinn, a former All-Conference player with the Irish soon. It would be surprising if he wasn’t among the top targets on Swarbrick’s list and even more surprising if he didn’t at least get a call. Quinn has been coaching since his playing career ended in 2013 after serving as an assistant at Northwestern and most recently (since 2014) with the Miami Heat on Erik Spoelstra’s team.
3. Micah Shrewsberry, Penn State head coach
Shrewsberry’s helped Penn State restart in a short time after taking over last season and make the Nittany Lions a potential NCAA Tournament contender in his second season. In addition to attending high school in Indianapolis and playing at Hanover College in Indiana, he has assistant coaching experience at Purdue, DePauw and Butler, so his ties to the state run deep.
4. Dusty May, FAU head coach
No coach’s stock has risen more in the majors this season than May’s. The Indiana standout, who was a student manager under Bob Knight, is 18-1 on the season for the No. 24 to lead FAU to the best start in program history. He is 84-57 since taking over the program in 2018 and has slowly built the Owls into a Conference USA contender.
5. Greg McDermott, head coach of Creighton
When Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU, Swarbrick brought in defensive coordinator and 35-year-old Marcus Freeman to take over the football program. So if Swarbrick sticks to a similar plan on the hoops side he might pick someone who could be there. But if age is not a factor then McDermott, 58, would be a coup. He’s been at Creighton since 2010, where he led the program 287-145 overall, but was an overall disappointment when season expectations were high. His seat is unlikely to be warming, much less hot, but a fresh start elsewhere could make sense and a coach with a proven track record could bring stability to Notre Dame as he had with Brey.
6. Martin Ingelsby, Delaware head coach
The last time Notre Dame hired its head coach, it pulled Mike Brey from Delaware, so Ingelsby — who got his first head coaching gig at Delaware in 2016 — could find an interesting under-the-radar candidate. Ingelsby played at Notre Dame and made 121 starts in his four seasons before returning to an assistant coaching role on Brey’s staff from 2009-2016. He’s just 106-96 as a head coach with three more losing seasons than in the NCAA Tournament so he’s unlikely to be the first call-up but seems like he’d get on the radar to join him school and head coaching experience as prerequisites.