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Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey earns the Jim Phelan award mid-season coaching honors after leading the Irish to a 14-1 start, which matches the best 15-game start for the Fighting Irish in Brey's 15 seasons.

Jan. 5, 2015


BOSTON, MA -- Notre Dame's Mike Brey earns the Jim Phelan award mid-season coaching honors. 
Notre Dame's 14-1 start matches the best 15-game start for the Fighting Irish in Mike Brey's 15 seasons in South Bend. The Irish are currently riding a 10-game win streak, which is the longest for the Irish since they won 12 straight during the 2012-13 season. 
With wins this season over Florida State and Michigan State, the Irish are No. 13 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the Associated Press rankings. It’s the highest ranking for the Irish since they were No. 5 in the AP poll prior to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The Irish are one win away from the first 15-1 start since the 1973-74 campaign when that Irish started 24-1. Notre Dame won a total of 15 games last season.

Brey was the recipient of the 2012 Jim Phelan award.

The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.

When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.

The recipient of the 2015 Phelan award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.








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