One of the top young assistant coaches in college basketball today and one of the most popular players to don a Notre Dame uniform, Martin Ingelsby has been a cornerstone to the program’s success and consistency during his time as a member of the Fighting Irish coaching staff.
A standout point guard from 1997-2001 at the University, Ingelsby, who played his final collegiate season (2000-01) under head coach Mike Brey, is in his 13th season as a member of the coaching staff and his seventh as an assistant coach.
Promoted to his current position in July 2009 following six seasons as Notre Dame’s coordinator of basketball operations, Ingelsby works primarily with the Irish guards and has played a key role in elevating program’s national recruiting efforts. That recruiting success led to one of the most magical seasons in the history of the Fighting Irish program in 2014-15 as Notre Dame was crowned Atlantic Coast Conference champions by winning the conference tournament. The squad then went on a mesmerizing NCAA Championship run that culminated in the first appearance in the Elite Eight since 1979 en route to just the second 30-win season and final 32-6 record.
Along with assistant coach Anthony Solomon, Ingelsby mentored Notre Dame’s backcourt tandem of Jerian Grant, a first team consensus All-American and unanimous all-ACC first team selection in 2015, and Demetrius Jackson. He also worked extensively with forward Pat Connaughton, who played in a school record 139 contests, throughout his career, and can be credited with the vast improvement perimeter shooter Steve Vasturia showed during a sophomore season that saw him start all 38 contests in 2014-15.
The amazing senior seasons of Grant, MVP of the ACC Championship and Connaughton, named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team, had extra special meaning for the Irish coaching staff when both were selected as the 19th and 41st picks overall, respectively, in the 2015 National Basketball Association Draft. It marked the first time since 1992 that two Notre Dame players were selected in the same year.
Notre Dame’s unprecedented success in recent years resulted in a school-record seven consecutive 20-win seasons from 2006-13. From 2009-13, Irish teams posted more wins (97) over a four-year period than at any other time in program history, compiling a 97-41 record for a .703 winning percentage. In that same time period, Notre Dame also finished with a 48-24 (.667) mark in BIG EAST regular-season play, and established a mark for most conference victories in a four-year span.
Since returning to his alma mater in 2003-04, Irish teams have registered a 266-134 (.665) mark. The Irish made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship from 2009-13 and earned a tournament bid seven of the last nine years.
Ingelsby returned to his alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Wagner College during the 2002-03 campaign. The season he spent at the Staten Island, New York school, he was part of the most success campaign in school history as the Seahawks finished with a 21-11 overall record and 14-4 conference mark, winning both the Northeast Conference regular-season and conference titles. In addition, the Seahawks earned the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship berth.
A native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Ingelsby was Notre Dame’s starting point guard for three of his four seasons. As a senior in 2000-01, he averaged 8.2 points and a team-best 6.4 assists as a starter in all 30 games. Ingelsby led the Irish to the BIG EAST West Division title, the school’s first-ever conference title. As captain in his senior year, he guided Notre Dame to a 20-10 overall record and an 11-5 league record. In addition, the Irish advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship after earning a berth in the 65-team field for the first time in more than a decade in Brey’s first season.
Ingelsby led Notre Dame in assists in three of his four seasons. In addition to his senior campaign, he was the Irish starting point guard as a freshman and sophomore. A 27-game starter during his freshman season (1997-98), he had a team-leading 150 assists and earned a spot on the ’98 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
A two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team, he was the recipient of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award in his senior season.
Ingelsby enjoyed a stellar prep career at Archbishop Carroll High School in Philadelphia where he finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,425 points and led his teams to an 80-12 combined record (.869) during his three years as a varsity member.
Following his senior year in 1997, he won the prestigious Markwood Award, given annually to the top high school player in the Philadelphia area, and was the Gatorade player of the year for Philadelphia while also earning all-Catholic League honors three times. Ingelsby also was named MVP of the South Catholic League as a senior and was a McDonald’s All-America honorable mention selection.
Ingelsby hails from a basketball-rich family. His father, Tom, a standout guard at Villanova from 1970-73, was his son’s high school coach. The elder Ingelsby was the starting guard alongside Chris Ford on the Villanova team that lost to UCLA in the 1971 NCAA championship game. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks during the 1973-74 season and the Spirits of St. Louis in the ABA in 1974-75. An uncle, Ed Hastings, also played basketball at Villanova, while another uncle, Robert Devine, played basketball at Notre Dame from 1956-58 and served as team captain during his senior year.
The oldest of five children, Ingelsby graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in May 2001.
Ingelsby is married to the former Colleen Fitzgerald, a senior counselor in the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes at Notre Dame. The couple are the parents of twins, Will and Kate, born in December 2009, and another son, Jack, born in November 2014.