Notre Dame coaching candidates: Chris Holtmann, Greg McDermott among possible targets to replace Mike Brey

Notre Dame coaching candidates: Chris Holtmann, Greg McDermott among possible targets to replace Mike Brey

Notre Dame announced Thursday that veteran basketball coach Mike Brey, who has been with the program since 2000 and racked up 481 wins as the Irish head coach, will step down at the end of the 2022-23 season. The decision leaves a huge void at a position that will draw significant interest from the mid-ranks and even senior head coaches given Notre Dame’s resources and position in the ACC hierarchy.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick likely will leave no stone unturned as he looks to replace another head coach for the second time in three years after football coach Brian Kelly left for LSU last offseason, and he has a great mark on a major conference to launch the potential. candidates. However, it is not yet clear what direction he will take to land his next man and the level at which the university is willing to invest. Sources expressed to CBS Sports some skepticism that the university would be willing to dig into its pockets to land a head coach at the power conference level. Doing so would likely require shelling out for a buyout, and the competitive pay to move the needle can top the $4 million yearly mark.

So who ultimately becomes the next head coach comes down to a myriad of factors that remain unclear for now. Therefore, the pool of candidates that Notre Dame may be looking for is wide.

We’ve put together a list of six names we think Notre Dame could and should target at this point with the caveat that, for now, this is as much a wish list for Irish fans as it is a true wish list. As the season progresses and if more information 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 highest ranks in the realm of realism, Holtmann would have to be at or near the top of the wish list. He went 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 seasons. His compensation is reportedly around 30 in the country, which is a pretty good discount for the Buckeyes with a coach whose credentials suggest he’s closer to a top-15 coach in America. Landing Holtmann may require a substantial increase on the salary front, but buying him is only $2.5 million.

2. Chris Quinn, Miami Heat assistant

If Notre Dame wants to get nostalgic, it could find a healthy outlet in Quinn, a former All-Conference player with the Irish in the early years. It would be a surprise 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 a coach since he ended his playing career in 2013 and served as an assistant both at Northwestern and more recently (since 2014) with the Miami Heat on Erik Spoelstra’s staff.

3. Micah Shrewsberry, Penn State head coach

Shrewsberry helped restart Penn State in a short period of time after taking over last season and transformed the Nittany Lions into 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 experience as an assistant coach at Purdue, DePauw and Butler, so his ties to the state run deep.

4. Dusty May, FAU head coach

No coach’s action has risen more dramatically in the main midranges this season than May’s. The Indiana grad, who was a student manager under Bob Knight, is 18-1 on the season leading No. 24 FAU to his best start in program history. He is 84-57 since he took over the program in 2018 and slowly built the Owls into a contender in Conference USA.

5. Greg McDermott, Creighton head coach

When Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU, Swarbrick was promoted to defensive coordinator and Marcus Freeman, then 35, to take over the football program. So if Swarbrick sticks to a similar plan on the hoops side, it’s very possible he’ll go with an up-and-comer. But if age isn’t a factor, then the 58-year-old McDermott would be a hit. He has been at Creighton since 2010, where he led the program to an overall record of 287-145, but it’s been a disappointing season overall given high preseason expectations. His seat probably won’t get hot, much less hot, but a fresh start elsewhere might make sense and a coach with a proven track record could give Notre Dame some stability like he did under Brey.

6. Martin Ingelsby, Delaware head coach

The last time Notre Dame hired its head coach, it went with Delaware’s Mike Brey, so Ingelsby, who landed his first head coaching job at Delaware in 2016, could be 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 position on Brey’s staff from 2009 to 2016. He is just 106-96 as a head coach with three times as many losing seasons as appearances in the NCAA Tournament, so that seems unlikely to be the first call, but school ties and head coaching experience as prerequisites would seemingly put him on the radar.

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