Local college notebook: Brey impressed with Ingelsby’s progress as Hens’ basketball coach

Blue Hens coach Martin Ingelsby (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

For 40 minutes last Saturday night, Mike Brey’s biggest goal was to hand Martin Ingelsby a loss.

But, the rest of the time, Brey is one of Ingelsby’s biggest fans.

And Brey, the Notre Dame men’s basketball coach, said there’s a lot of reason to be optmistic about Ingelsby’s Delaware squad.

Ingelsby was Brey’s assistant coach for 13 seasons.

“I love what he’s doing with the program,” Brey said after the Fighting Irish downed the Blue Hens, 92-68, on Saturday. “He’s got young guys, he’s playing them, getting them more comfortable.

“He’s got a great ability to connect with young people. He’s a ‘confidence-giving’ guy. His demeanor as a player, I think, is his demeanor as a leader — he’s calm, he’s poised, doesn’t ever panic. He was like that when he played for me. I think he’s on the track with good young players.”

The Delaware team that Ingelsby brings to Dover on Sunday for an 8 p.m. contest at Delaware State (2-9) is clearly still rebuilding.

The Hens (4-6), who have lost four games in a row, have only two seniors on their roster — Dover native Anthony Mosley (10.4 points per game) and reserve forward Skye Johnson.

Delaware’s top three scorers are sophomore Ryan Daly (16.8 ppg) and freshmen guards Kevin Anderson (13.0) and Ryan Allen (12.6).

Since Ingelsby was hired fairly late in the spring of 2016, only about half of the Hens’ roster are his recruits. He knew he wasn’t going to get Delaware back on track overnight.

The Hens have had three-straight losing seasons since making the program’s fifth NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2014.

“I love our group,” Ingelsby said after the Notre Dame game. “I think we’re getting better. We maybe don’t have the results we would like. But we’re going to get over the hump.

“We’ve got a young, talented freshman class that really believes. They’re fearless.”

Ingelsby said one of the things that gives him confidence personally is that Brey is still in his corner. He was the point guard on Brey’s first Notre Dame team after he left Delaware.

“I think there’s nothing more powerful in life than having someone believe in you,” said Ingelsby. “He believed in me as a basketball player, he believed in me as a coach. I’m not where I am today without Mike Brey and everything that he’s done for me.

“I’m a better teacher, coach, educator having worked with him. We had an unbelievable run together. … Above all, he’s a great friend, a great mentor.”

Cornish an All-American

Lake Forest High grad C.J. Cornish, a sophomore tight end on the Shepherd University football team, was named a first-team Division II All-American this week.

Cornish finished third on the team in receptions (36), receiving yards (561) and touchdown catches (six).

The Rams went 10-1 this fall after losing in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Cornish is one of seven Delaware natives on this year’s Shepherd roster. Wesley College grad Ernie McCook is also the Ram’s offensive coordinator.

Cann honored, too

Former Dover High football player Jarrod Cann earned his share of honors after finishing his career at Central Connecticut State this fall.

The senior safety from Hartly was named second-team All-ECAC (FCS level), All-Northeast Conference and All-New England.

Cann was third on the team in tackles with 75 while posting a team-high four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown in a win at Sacred Heart.

Central Connecticut State went 8-4 and won the Northeast Conference before losing to New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Former Smyrna High players Cameron and Carlton Nash were also seniors for the Blue Devils this season.

A running back, Cameron led the team in rushing with 1,042 yards and scoring with 14 touchdowns. The 5-foot-7, 180-pounder was a second-team All-NEC pick.

His brother Carlton, a defensive back, posted 36 tackles, an interception and five pass breakups.

Notes

• DelState’s men’s basketball is currently ranked last out of the 351 Division I teams in the country by the Sagrin ratings. The Hornets don’t have a Division I victory yet this season. Delaware is No. 235 in the rankings.

• Dover High grad Jordan Allen continues to lead the Rider men’s basketball team in scoring at 17.5 points per game.

• Wesley College’s Brian Cameron leads the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring at 21.0 points per game.

• Dover High grad Anthony Fisher, a freshman on the Iowa Lakes Community College wrestling team, is ranked fifth nationally at 141 pounds by the NCJCAA.

• The Richmond women’s soccer team scored only nine goals this fall but five of them came from former Henlopen Conference players. Lexi Prillaman (Caesar Rodney) had a team-best three goals and two assists with Brooke Beam (Indian River) adding a pair of goals.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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