July 3, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Martin Ingelsby, a member of the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball staff as coordinator of basketball operations since 2003, has been promoted to assistant coach, Irish head men’s basketball coach Mike Brey announced today. Ingelsby fills the vacant assistant slot following the departure of nine-year associate head coach Sean Kearney who was named on July 2 as the head coach at The College of the Holy Cross.
Ingelsby, a standout point guard for Notre Dame from 1997-2001, played an integral role in the overall day-to-day operation of the Irish basketball program during his time as coordinator of operations over the course of the past six seasons. The Berwyn, Pa. native returned to his alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Wagner College during the 2002-03 campaign.
“There wasn’t much of a search process after Sean (Kearney) was named head coach at Holy Cross,” Brey said. “Martin is considered a rising star in the coaching profession and has earned the respect of other coaches around the country. More importantly, Martin is a Notre Dame man. He has been such a vital part of our program for such a long time as both a player and in his role as coordinator of basketball operations for six seasons. No one has more of a connection and passion for the program than Martin.
“Our players have a great deal of respect and trust for him and he has cultivated fabulous relationships with each and every one of them. I am excited that Martin will now have the opportunity to be on the road recruiting for us and selling our basketball program. This is a great day for Martin and his wife Colleen. No one is more deserving of this opportunity than him.”
While on the Seahawks’ staff, he worked primarily with the guards and was extensively involved in the team’s scouting and recruiting efforts. Wagner, which finished with a 21-11 overall record and 14-4 conference mark, had its most successful season in school history in ’02-’03, winning both the Northeast Conference regular-season and conference titles. In addition, the Seahawks earned the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth.
Ingelsby starred for Notre Dame from 1997-2001 and was the starting point guard for three 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. 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 tournament after earning a berth in the 65-team field for the first time in more than a decade in Brey’s first season.
Ingelsby ranks among the Irish career leaders in six categories. The former captain stands third in three-point field goal percentage (.424); fourth in assists (526); seventh in three-point field goals made (167) and three-point field goals attempts (394); tied for seventh in career games played (123); and eighth in steals (136). He also finished with career averages of 6.8 points and 4.3 assists.
He 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.
As a sophomore, Ingelsby started 27 of 30 games and led the team in assists (122), while committing just 70 turnovers — one every 11.2 minutes. In his junior year, he averaged 4.7 points and helped the Irish to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and a final 22-15 mark. Ingelsby was a two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team and 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 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. Ingelsby also was named MVP of the South Catholic League as a senior and was a McDonald’s All-America honorable mention selection.
A three-time all-Catholic League pick, Ingelsby engineered Archbishop Carroll to an average of nearly 27 victories in each of his three seasons as a starter. In his sophomore season, his team finished with a 24-4 mark and won the Philadelphia Catholic League championship. Records of 28-5 and 28-3 in his junior and senior campaigns, respectively, followed that season.
Ingelsby’s father, Tom, standout guard at Villanova from 1970-73, was his 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, he graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in May of 2001. Following his graduation, he served a one-year internship in the Notre Dame Athletic Department during the ’01-’02 school year.
Ingelsby is married to the former Colleen Fitzgerald, a senior counselor in the office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, in June of 2007. The couple resides in South Bend.