ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Notre Dame's Mike Brey, the
Big East Conference Coach of the Year, is the 2011 recipient
of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented annually
to the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers
Despite entering the season unranked, the Fighting Irish rose
to as high as No. 4 in the nation in March and earned a No. 2
seed in the NCAA Tournament. Led by second-team USBWA
All-American Ben Hansbrough, the Fighting Irish finished the
season with a modern-era school record 27 wins, including 25 in
the regular season. The No. 2 seed was the school's highest
since the 1981 team was also a second seed and Notre Dame's 14
Big East Conference wins tied a school mark.
In his 11th season at Notre Dame, Brey's team accomplished
all this after losing leading scorer and USBWA All-American Luke
Harangody and a four-year starter at point guard after last
season. This season was the third time in the last five seasons
that Brey has been selected as the Big East Conference Coach of
After finishing the season 27-7, Brey now boasts an
impressive 238-120 (66.5 winning percentage) overall record at
Notre Dame. In 16 seasons as a head coach at Delaware and Notre
Dame, the former Duke assistant is now 337-172 (66.2) in his
Brey will receive the Henry Iba Award at the USBWA's College
Basketball Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the NCAA Final
Four in Houston on Friday, April 1, at the George R. Brown
Convention Center at
8 a.m. For tickets to the breakfast, visit the usbwa website, usbwa.com.
The Henry Iba Award is named in honor of the legendary
Oklahoma State coach who won 655 games and two national
championships in 36 seasons in Stillwater. The award is voted on
by all members of the USBWA at the conclusion of the regular
season. The USBWA has presented a National Coach of the Year
Award each year since the 1958-59 season.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-3325.
• Henry Iba Coach of the Year