A basketball coach is under scrutiny like no other. The gym floor is a giant fishbowl. Unlike the other *higher* profile sports (football, baseball and maybe soccer) we see but five athletes in action at one time. It's amazing what one can see when perched 10 feet above athletes who are quite recognizable (from the bleachers that sit at an angle mind you), isn't it?!
|Coach Mike Brey came to Notre Dame from the University of Delaware. He has a great story about going to Rehoboth & getting the call for the job...|
Mike Brey has been the head coach at my alma mater since 2000. He has been heavily criticized for his inability to take teams "to the next level." In seven post-season appearances (including this year), the Fighting Irish have played in the Sweet Sixteen but two times. Perhaps Notre Dame fans are barking a little less this week...and they should. Why? Not only did they defeat Duke and UNC to win the ACC Championship, but reading about Coach Brey in the Chicago Tribune revealed to me the personal sacrifice he has made for this group.
It also shed some insight into why men and women often seek the job he holds:
- They have been shaped by other great coaches.
- They have a life coach.
- They are unselfish—they know that the work is never about them.
- They don't shy away from the intensity and hard work.
- They understand something about the psychology of winning.
- There's a deeper force that guides everything they do.
|My mother's maiden name is Naughton (a derivation of Connaughton). I have joked with other fans that I think we're related.|
St. Thomas Aquinas writes "to love is to will the good of the other." To me, Mike Brey must love his athletes and his job. But we also know he loved his mother. And she wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Get the win, Irish. Survive...and Advance.
Connaughton & Brey