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Profession: Basketball Coach | Coach
Date of Birth: Jul 4, 1941
Country: United States of America
Digger Phelps net worth: Digger Phelps is an American basketball coach who has a net worth of $15 million dollars. Digger Phelps, also known as Richard Phelps, was born in Beacon, New York, and played basketball at Rider College in the early 60s. He became a graduate assistant for the team in 1963, and then moved on to coach high school basketball in Pennsylvania. He returned to coaching at the collegiate level in 1966, as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. He first made a name for himself coaching the Fordham University Rams to a stellar season in 1970. His work with the Rams led to an offer to coach basketball at the University of Notre Dame. He went on to coach for 20 seasons at Notre Dame and shares the record for the most upsets over a #1 team, with seven. After leaving coaching, he worked for the government briefly, before launching his broadcasting career. He began providing color commentary for the NCAA tournament in 1993, and has worked as an analyst for ESPN since 1994.
Richard "Digger" Phelps (born July 4, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach, most notably of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team from 1971 to 1991. Since 1993, he has served as an analyst on ESPN.
Phelps began his coaching career in 1963 as a graduate assistant at Rider College (now Rider University), where he had played basketball. After a move to St. Gabriel's High School in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, he obtained his first full assistant job in 1966 at the University of Pennsylvania. His first head coaching job came in 1970 at Fordham University. After leading the Fordham Rams to a 26-3 record in the 1970-71 season, he was named head coach at the University of Notre Dame.
During his 20 seasons at Notre Dame (1971a??91), his teams went 393-197, with 14 seasons of 20 wins or more. In 1978, Notre Dame made its only Final Four to date. His most-remembered game was on January 19, 1974, when the Fighting Irish scored the last 12 points of the game to defeat top-ranked UCLA 71-70, ending the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak. He shares the NCAA record for most upsets over a #1 team at seven (Gary Williams also has 7).
After retiring from Notre Dame he briefly worked for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the administration of George H.W. Bush and also served as an observer in the 1993 elections in Cambodia. Also in 1993, he began a broadcasting career. Starting in that year, he announced color commentary for that year's NCAA tournament for CBS. He joined ESPN the next season.
Phelps also is a great fan of opera. The well-rounded former coach made a cameo appearance in the Notre Dame student opera performance of Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld". Phelps played the part of Bacchus, the God of Wine, in two performances in April 2006.
Phelps also released his memoirs in 2007, titled "Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach." Phelps co-wrote the book with Jack Colwell, and the book details Phelps' upbringing,

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Mike Brey becomes winningest coach in Notre Dame history

Mike Brey became the winningest coach in Notre Dame men's basketball history Wednesday, getting his 394th victory to move past Digger Phelps. Moments after an 88-58 home victory over N.C. State, Phelps gave Brey a hug and presented him with a game ball ...
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:34 pm

3-guard lineups aren’t new, but here’s how Davidson trio is poised to fluster defenses

Coach Digger Phelps was doing things differently at Fordham. Instead of playing a traditional lineup of a center, two forwards and two guards, the Rams often hit the floor with five guards, driving opposing coaches crazy by stretching their confounded ...
Posted: November 9, 2017, 9:21 pm

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Former Notre Dame football Lou Holtz and former basketball coach Digger Phelps were among the speakers at the memorial. Country music artist Vince Gill, who with his wife Amy Grant are friends of the Parseghian family, performed two songs. Holtz told ...
Posted: August 7, 2017, 12:35 am
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