Posted June 18, 2012

Report: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey gets 10-year contract extension

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has agreed to a 10-year contract extension. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Notre Dame and men’s basketball coach Mike Brey have agreed to a 10-year contract extension, reports the Chicago Tribune‘s Brian Hamilton.

The two sides have called a press conference for Tuesday to announce the extension.

Brey has spent the past 12 seasons coaching the Fighting Irish and has led the program to six straight 20-win seasons. Hamilton reports Brey has been named Big East Coach of the Year three times in his tenure.

The extension has been expected since March, Hamilton reports, because Brey declined to speak with Maryland at the time.

“When I got hired, I said, I hope I’m good enough to retire here,” Brey said last March. “And I really firmly believe that’s really never changed for me.

“After the third NIT (in 2006), I actually thought to myself, maybe you just go reinvent…Matter of fact, N.C. State offered me the job. I remember talking to (wife) Tish: What do you think? We love Raleigh-Durham, maybe we go back there. What the heck, it’s been a great run here.

That was probably the only time…George Blaha, the voice of the Pistons, was here for the (Adrian) Dantley (Ring of Honor induction). He said to me: ‘You are Notre Dame basketball.’ It’s my program now. You have an identity. I really feel we have it at that point. And I feel with what we have coming, can we break barriers? Breaking some barriers that way is kind of the challenge now.”

The Irish will be one of the Big East favorites this season as the team returns all five starters.