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 longtime basketball coach Mike Brey, who has been with the program since 2000 and amassed 481 victories as a Fighting Irish coach, will step down at the end of the 2022 season. -23. The decision leaves a gaping hole at a top position that will generate significant interest from middle ranks and even high-ranking head coaches given Notre Dame’s resources and position in the ACC hierarchy. .

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick likely won’t leave anything to chance as he seeks to replace another head coach for the second time in three years after football coach Brian Kelly flew to LSU last offseason, and he has a big mark in a major conference to pitch to potential candidates. However, it remains unclear what direction he will take to land his next man and the level at which the university is willing to invest. Sources told CBS Sports some skepticism that the university would be willing to dip deep into its pockets to land a head coach sitting at the power conference level. That would likely require shelling out for a buyout, and a competitive salary to move the needle could top the $4 million per year 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 from which Notre Dame can search is large.

We’ve put together a list of six names that Notre Dame could and should be targeting at this stage, with the caveat that, for now, this is as much a wishlist for Irish fans as a real list of candidates. As the season progresses and if more information arrives, our list will be updated.

1. Chris Holtmann, Ohio State Head Coach

If Notre Dame wants to target a big name from the highest ranks in the realist realm, Holtmann should be at or near the top of the wish list. He was 70-31 in three seasons at Butler and 117-64 in five-plus seasons at Ohio State with more than 20 wins in each of his campaigns. His earnings would be around 30th in the country, which is a pretty big discount for the Buckeyes with a coach whose credentials suggest he’s closer to a top-15 coach in America. Getting Holtmann may require a substantial salary increase, but his buyout is only $2.5 million.

2. Miami Heat Assistant Chris Quinn

If Notre Dame wants to get nostalgic, they 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 get at least one call. Quinn has been coaching since the end of his playing career in 2013, having served as an assistant both at Northwestern and more recently (since 2014) with the Miami Heat in Erik Spoelstra’s team.

3. Penn State Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry

Shrewsberry’s helped restart Penn State in a short time after taking over last season and turned the Nittany Lions into a potential NCAA Tournament contender in its 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 coaching stock has risen more dramatically in the middle ranks this season than May’s. The Indiana graduate, who was a student manager under Bob Knight, is 18-1 this season in leading the No. 24 FAU to its best start in program history. He’s 84-57 since taking over the program in 2018 and has slowly made the Owls a contender in Conference USA.

5. Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott

When Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU, Swarbrick elevated 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, he may very well go for a newcomer. But if age is not a factor, then McDermott, 58, would be a coup. He has been at Creighton since 2010 where he led the program to an overall record of 287-145, but it was a disappointing season overall given the high preseason expectations. His seat probably isn’t getting warm, let alone 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 with Brey.

6. Martin Ingelsby, Delaware Head Coach

The last time Notre Dame hired its head coach, it snatched Mike Brey from Delaware, so Ingelsby — who got his first head coaching gig at Delaware in 2016 — could make 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 to 2016. He is just 106-96 as a coach -leader with three times as many losing seasons as NCAA Tournament appearances, so it seems unlikely he’ll be the first call, but school ties and head coaching experience being prerequisites would apparently put him on the radar.

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