One of the most respected assistant coaches at the collegiate level, Anthony Solomon has been associated with the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball program for 10 seasons.
Solomon, who served as an assistant coach on the Irish coaching staff from 2000-03, returned to Notre Dame in May 2008 to begin his second stint as a member of head coach Mike Brey’s coaching staff. Solomon primarily works with the Irish guards and coordinates the program’s national recruiting efforts.
Solomon can take great pride in the accomplishments of the 2014-15 campaign as Notre Dame won the school’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship by winning the ACC tournament in March. The Irish captured the title in dramatic fashion with victories over Miami, Duke and North Carolina to become the first school outside of the league’s original membership to win the title in its first or second year in the ACC.
The Irish parlayed the automatic bid into the 68-team field of the 2015 NCAA Championship into the program’s first Elite Eight appearance since 1979. Notre Dame finished the season with a 32-6 record, the most wins ever for a Brey team, and just the second 30-win season in the 110-year history of the program.
Notre Dame’s entrance into the ACC three years ago seemed like a natural fit for Solomon, who also has considerable ties to the ACC as a former player and assistant coach at the University of Virginia (four seasons as player and four as an assistant coach). In addition, he also spent two years on the coaching staff at Clemson.
During his two coaching stints at Notre Dame, Irish squads have enjoyed unparalleled success. In his 10 seasons on the Irish staff, Solomon has been part of Notre Dame teams that have compiled a 231-110 (.677) record and made seven NCAA Championship appearances.
Notre Dame teams with Solomon on the bench have won 20 or more games and registered 10 or more conference (BIG EAST and ACC) regular-season victories on eight occasions.
From 2009-13, Irish teams posted more wins (97) over a four-year period than at any other time in program history. Notre Dame compiled a 97-41 record for a .703 winning percentage. In Notre Dame’s last four years in the BIG EAST (2009-13), the Irish finished with a 48-24 (.667) record, which also resulted in the most league wins in a four-year span.
In his first three seasons on Brey’s staff, Notre Dame teams posted three consecutive 20-win campaigns and three straight 10-win regular seasons in the BIG EAST and earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Championship field. In 2000-01, Notre Dame won the BIG EAST West Division Crown and finished with a then school-record 11-5 conference regular-season mark. The following season, Notre Dame produced a 22-11 mark and finished in the BIG EAST West Division with a 10-6 final regular-season record. The Irish fashioned a 24-10 campaign and posted a second consecutive 10-6 league mark while advancing to the NCAA Championship Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987. Notre Dame was the only BIG EAST team to advance to NCAA Championship competition and win 10 or more games each of those three seasons.
Solomon departed Notre Dame following the conclusion of the 2002-03 campaign, a season in which the Irish advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship, after he was named head coach at St. Bonaventure University and served in that capacity through the conclusion of the 2006-07 season.
In 2007-08, Solomon served as a member of the University of Dayton men’s basketball staff. He helped the Flyers to a 23-11 record that season and a spot in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. Dayton also was ranked for four weeks during the season and climbed to as high as 14th in the polls.
Since Solomon’s return, Notre Dame has earned five NCAA berths, registered 20 or more wins on five occasions and compiled a 165-78 (.679) overall record. In addition, Irish teams were 56-34 (.622) in BIG EAST play. In his first stint with the Irish, Notre Dame compiled a 66-31 record for a .680 winning percentage and a 31-17 mark (.646) in the BIG EAST.
Prior to Solomon’s initial three-year stint at Notre Dame, he was a member of the Clemson staff in 1998 as an assistant athletic director for basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach in June 2000. He also enjoyed a four-year stint at his alma mater, Virginia.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware in 1988-89. He then moved to Bowling Green the following season and spent three seasons (1989-92) there, helping the Falcons reach the NIT on two occasions.
Solomon held assistant positions at Manhattan College (1992-93) and Richmond (1993-94) before enjoying a four-year stint at his alma mater, Virginia, from 1994-98. While with the Cavaliers, he served as coordinator of recruiting and player development. During Solomon’s tenure at Virginia, the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Championship twice, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1995, when the team tied for the regular-season ACC crown.
Solomon enrolled at Virginia as a student in the fall of 1983, earned a basketball scholarship and was a four-year letterwinner. Virginia made three NCAA Championship appearances, earned one NIT berth and won 78 games during his four-year tenure. Solomon was a member of the `84 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle, Washington.
Solomon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies. He is married to the former Tracy Coleburn, a former track standout at Virginia. The couple has two daughters, Maya (a sophomore basketball player at Maryville University), Kamra and a son, Anthony Jr.