Digger Phelps Net Worth is$15 Million
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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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Digger Phelps Beats Cancer

Digger Phelps is now cancer free. Again. The former Notre Dame basketball coach has been undergoing treatment for bladder cancer for the last two months and is now cancer free. Phelps announced today that he just received the good news from his doctors ...
Posted: July 3, 2013, 1:01 pm

Stamp honors Father Hesburgh, former University of Notre Dame president

Jenkins, university president. Digger Phelps, a former basketball coach at the school who once served on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the U.S. Postal Service, was master of ceremonies. The stamp honors Hesburgh, who was born May 25 ...
Posted: September 7, 2017, 7:56 am

Beg, borrow, deal? Georgia fans with Notre Dame tickets set to invade Chicago

"My closest Notre Dame pal is Casey Newell; he was a (basketball) walk-on for Digger (Phelps)," Rendell says. "He said to me a few months ago: 'Your Georgia friends are going to have a hard time getting tickets.' I said: 'This is SEC football; expect an ...
Posted: September 4, 2017, 10:00 pm

Updated Purdue Football Game Day Guide

This will give you nice views of the Wabash River as you come into town. Digger Phelps claims there’s no road to Lafayette from South Bend, but that’s because he could never read a map. For those coming from Fort Wayne or South Bend, I suggest taking ...
Posted: September 6, 2017, 4:30 am

McGraw says she's anxious, nervous for this weekend's Hall of Fame honor

She says all her assistant coaches over the years played a massive role in where she is today and that former Irish men's basketball coach Digger Phelps was always someone she could talk to about a lot of things. "I'm listening, I'm doing a lot of ...
Posted: September 6, 2017, 1:00 am
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