901-754-9404
My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

Digger Phelps, Sports Speaker

Digger Phelps

    Former Notre Dame Basketball Coach
Full Bio
Fee Range

$20,000 - $30,000

Travels From

Indiana

Digger Phelps Dancing

Digger Phelps Dancing

DIGGER PHELPS

DIGGER PHELPS

Richard “Digger” Phelps, who enjoyed two successful decades as Notre Dame’s head coach, joined ESPN as a college basketball studio and game analyst in November 1993. He works in the studio each Monday and Tuesday, contributes to College Hoops Tonight and calls select games. He also works as the main studio analyst for ABC Sports’ college basketball coverage. In addition, Phelps teams with Dick Vitale to provide studio and on-site analysis during ESPN’s Championship Week, the NCAA Championship and the NCAA Final Four.

Before joining ESPN, Phelps served as a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports during the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championships, handling both studio and game analysis. In 1984, he served as commentator for ABC Sports’ basketball coverage at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

During his 20 years at Notre Dame (1972-91), Phelps won more games (393) than any coach in Irish history. His teams advanced to the NCAA Championship on 14 occasions -- including six of his last seven seasons -- and reached the Final Four in 1978.

Phelps averaged more than 19 wins per season during his career at Notre Dame, and, overall, won two-thirds of his games (393-197, 66.7 percent). In addition, all 56 players who played four years for Phelps received their degrees.

Before coaching at Notre Dame, Phelps was the head basketball coach at Fordham University during the 1970-71 season. His team compiled a 26-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Championship.

After resigning from Notre Dame on April 15, 1991, Phelps joined President George H.W. Bush's administration as special assistant to the Executive Office of the President for National Drug Control Policy (1992-93), working closely with the office’s Operation Weed and Seed anti-drug program.

In addition, Phelps served as head of the United States delegation to the January 1993 inauguration of President Rawlings of Ghana, Africa, and was part of the United Nations observer team for the 1993 elections in Cambodia. He also has been a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.

Phelps is the author of Basketball For Dummies, Coaches World (which highlighted the 1974 Notre Dame season in which the Irish snapped UCLA’s 88-game winning streak) and Digger Phelps & Notre Dame Basketball. In 2007 he released his autobiography titled Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach, which details his upbringing, professional success and even lists his favorite songs.

  • Sports
  • Coaching
  • Broadcasters
  • Basketball

Speaking Topics:

Related Speakers

Rocky Bleier, Legends Speaker

Rocky Bleier

Marilyn King, Leadership Speaker

Marilyn King

Emmitt Smith, Celebrity Speaker

Emmitt Smith

Amy Purdy Speaker

Amy Purdy

Bob Griese, Legends Speaker

Bob Griese

Ned Jarrett, Legends Speaker

Ned Jarrett

Dick Hoyt, Sports Speaker

Dick Hoyt

Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy

Tara Lipinski, Family Speaker

Tara Lipinski

Marcus Allen, Speaker

Marcus Allen

Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday

Lyn St. James

Lyn St. James

Reviews

Testimonials

"What stands out about the times I have worked with Executive Speakers Bureau is their lightning-fast response time. ESB’s account exec..

Keynote Speaker

"I've worked with Richard and ESB for many years and he's always able to deliver for us. He works hard to meet your speaker goals within the ..

Chem Dry

"Angela is the best!!! I can always count on her honest feedback about speakers. She helps me look like a hero to my company!"

Testimonials | Medtronic | Executive Speakers

"ESB continues to deliver great options for us as we plan our event each year."

Testimonials | Arkansas Heart Hospital | Executive Speakers

“I am banging my head against the wall right now for all the times I have done this without using Executive Speakers Bureau. This ..

Clorox Client

"The conference was an immense hit – we certainly raised the bar in our company on how conferences are planned and executed. You and yo..

Testimonials | Benchmark Global Hospitality | Executive Speakers

"Johnny Cupcakes was a hit last night! Thank you both so much for all of your assistance through this process, it has been such a positi..

Johnny Cupcakes | Testimonials | Executive Speakers

"You all were awesome to work with and helped make my life easier when planning these events. Thanks so much!” 

 

Testimonial

"Thanks so much for working on this engagement with us. It’s been a very pleasant experience. We will definitely include ESB in our sea..

Testimonial

"They have booked me to speak at events for over a decade and their professional approach and client focus is unmatched in the industry. I am..

Garrison Wynn, Sales Speaker
Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below