Martin Ingelsby named men’s basketball coach

02/27/16 Basketball Game
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After weeks of uncertainty in the athletics department, Delaware has hired a new men’s basketball coach in addition to a new AD.

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ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Sixty-eight days after Monté Ross was fired, the university finally has hired a new men’s basketball coach. The position will be taken over by Martin Ingelsby, who spent the last 13 seasons as an assistant with a Notre Dame team that only missed the NCAA Tournament in five of those 13 seasons.

The university committed itself to waiting to hire a coach until they hired a new athletic director. Chrissi Rawak, who was introduced as AD 13 days ago, completed a fast-moving search by selecting Ingelsby. He was introduced Wednesday morning.

“My search led me to several highly qualified coaches, but in the end, Martin combined a commitment to academics, the passion, the experience, the understanding and appreciation of the student-athletes, and perhaps most importantly, the shared values of our university and our athletics department,” Rawak said.

A native of Berwyn, PA, Ingelsby was a standout point guard for Notre Dame from 1997-2001. He began his coaching career as an assistant with Wagner College prior to returning to his alma mater as Notre Dame’s assistant of basketball operations. Six years in that position led him to being promoted to an assistant coach in 2009. As Notre Dame’s assistant coach over the past seven seasons, he’s worked mainly with point guards and focused on the Fighting Irish’s recruiting efforts.

Ingelsby’s hiring fills the last open head coaching vacancy in college basketball. He will be tasked with reinvigorating a program that has seen six players request release to transfer, leaving Delaware with only four scholarship players left on the roster.

“The young men on this basketball team will be at the center of everything we do,” Ingelsby said. “We will develop highly competitive, high character student-athletes that strive to be successful in the classroom and on the basketball court. We’re building a program, not just a basketball team, and that’s something that I am really excited about.”

This spring, the program watched its best player, Kory Holden, transfer just days after Ross was fired. In the following weeks, five more players made clear their intentions to leave the university. For those remaining on the roster, however, Ingelsby’s hiring provides the team with some sense of direction.

“There was a lot of confusion, a lot of uncertainty,” senior forward Barnett Harris said. “Guys were getting nervous as we were getting down to the end of the year. We didn’t know who was going to be the coach or when we were going to get the coach. It was just stressful.”

As a result of the departure of several teammates, Harris has now been thrust into contention for a starting spot. His development will be crucial to the Blue Hens’ success in Ingelsby’s rookie season as head coach.

“I expect the best out of this year,” Harris said. “We need to get better, we need to be successful and it needs to start with me as a senior. I have to fulfill my role as a leader or I’m not fulfilling my duties as a maturing individual in college basketball.”

Harris, along with seniors Cazmon Hayes and Devonne Pinkard, will surely be major points of emphasis for Ingelsby as he simultaneously evaluates his team’s current assets whilst initiating summer recruiting.

The 37-year-old is inheriting one of the most miserable programs in the country, yet his experienced track record combined with his vision for success makes him a much-needed leader for Delaware basketball.

“I’ve learned why Delaware is such a special place,” Ingelsby said. “Our students and faculty are extremely committed, our alumni and fans are passionate, and this state of Delaware is extremely supportive. And that is why I’m very excited to be the next head basketball coach of the University of Delaware. My goal is to do everything to make all of you guys proud.”

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