Familiar faces returning to South Bend

With two spots to fill on Notre Dame’s coaching staff following the offseason departures of Martin Ingelsby, who left to take the head-coaching position at Delaware, and Anthony Solomon, who took an assistant job at Georgetown, head coach Mike Brey made a decision. He was going to fill the openings with his own former players.

The school has already announced the hiring of Ryan Humphrey, who was a part of Brey’s first Notre Dame squad. According to multiple reports, Ryan Ayers, who was awarded the program’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2009, will fill the other vacancy.

Humphrey, whose hiring by Notre Dame was announced on June 3, was Brey’s first star player with the Fighting Irish. He averaged 18.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior in 2001-02, earning first-team All-Big East honors before becoming a first-round NBA Draft selection who played for the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-05. His last stop was as Director of Player Development at Northwestern under Chris Collins, whom Brey helped recruit to Duke when he was an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski.

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