May 24, 2016
Martin Ingelsby, a 2001 Notre Dame graduate, 13-year member of the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball staff and four-year monogram winner for the Fighting Irish men’s basketball team, has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Delaware. It is the first head coaching opportunity in Ingelsby’s career, which follows in the footsteps of Irish head coach Mike Brey, who coached the Blue Hens for five seasons from 1995-2000.
“To take a line from my favorite Victory March, Martin Ingelsby will ‘Wake Up The Echoes’ at Delaware,” Brey said when he heard of the news. “What a great fit for a great University.”
“Martin is absolutely one of the most gifted young coaches in our profession and the Delaware community and players will love him and his family. It strikes a special chord in my heart to have one of my guys back at a place that got me started and is a big part of who I am today.”
“His first matter of business should be to get a place in Rehoboth Beach.”
Ingelsby joined the Irish staff in 2003-04 and served six seasons at the Coordinator of Basketball Operations before moving up to the coaching staff in July of 2009. Since assuming that on-court role the Notre Dame basketball program has posted a 168-76 record (.689) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament six out of seven seasons.
“Delaware has selected one of the brightest young coaches in the country,” University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said.
“Under the leadership of Martin Ingelsby, Blue Hen fans can expect to see a team of committed student-athletes playing a fundamentally sound and highly entertaining style of basketball. Delaware has a winner in Coach Ingelsby.”
Working primarily with the Notre Dame guards and perimeter players, Ingelsby also played a key role in elevating the program’s national recruiting efforts. His work in both roles have helped the Irish enjoy the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history – a 32-6 record in 2014-15, the 2015 ACC Championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight, followed by a 24-12 effort in 2015-16 and another memorable journey to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Irish players that Ingelsby have helped develop include:
Jerian Grant – A 2015 Consensus All-American and 19th overall selection in the `15 NBA Draft, currently on the New York Knicks roster.
Pat Connaughton – An All-ACC Selection (third team) in 2015, the 41st pick in the `15 NBA Draft and current member of the Portland Trailblazers.
Demetrius Jackson – A 2016 All-ACC Selection (second team) who has declared for the `16 NBA Draft and projected as one of its top-20 prospects.
Eric Atkins – A 2014 All-ACC Selection (third team) and member of the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League.
Ben Hansbrough – The BIG EAST Player of the Year and second-team All-American in 2011.
In his playing career with the Irish, Ingelsby served as the team’s starting point guard in three of four seasons. As a senior in 2000-01, he averaged 8.2 points per game and team-best 6.4 assists as the Irish won the BIG EAST West Division Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons.
Ingelsby graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in 2001 with a degree in marketing. Before returning to his alma mater, he was an assistant at Wagner College in 2002-03, helping the Seahawks finish 21-11 and 14-4 in the Northeast Conference to earn the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Born Nov. 24, 1978, in Media, Pennsylvania, Ingelsby is married to the former Colleen Fitzgerald, who is a senior counselor in the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes at Notre Dame. The couple are parents of twins, Will and Kate and welcomed another son, Jack, in November of 2014.
Ingelsby will be formally introduced in an 11 a.m. ET press conference on Wednesday, May 25th, in the Bob Carpenter Athletic Center. The press conference will be streamed live on www.bluehens.com.