August 7, 2017 • From the Bench • Winning Hoops • Xs and Os
PCA video: Notre Dame coach Mike Brey discusses body language
Mike Brey is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame. He led his 2014-2015 team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. His success in South Bend includes leading nearly every one of his teams to post-season play and being named Big East Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011.Earlier, he was head coach at University of Delaware, and before that he was an assistant coach at Duke University, serving on the back-to-back national championship teams of 1991 and 1992. A PCA National Advisory Board Member, Mike graduated from George Washington University in 1982. He played for and coached with legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School.
Mike emphasizes here how attuned he is to players’ body language. Bad body language can be “cancerous.” So he learns to read his players’ body language early, to the point where he can tell at the start of practice what kid of day they’ve had. One technique he uses to correct bad body language is showing video to players so they can see themselves sending negative messages to teammates or even themselves.