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Brey drew 28 votes, 14 more than runner-up Steve Fisher of San Diego State.

Brey is the first Notre Dame coach to win the award, and he is the second straight Big East coach to get it following Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim last year.

Winning an early season tournament in Orlando, Fla., let Brey know he had the makings of a good team.

“I made sure we cut the nets down in Orlando and the Disney people said ‘We don’t do that.’ I said ‘You do this year. Get a ladder.’ As an independent for so long we didn’t have a lot of chances to cut the nets down. For the big picture and this year. That was a huge confidence boost.”