Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches during the first half against the Butler Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh.
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March 22, 2015 1:08 PM EDT

In his press conference following Notre Dame’s 67-64 overtime win over Butler in the Round of 32 on Saturday, Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey revealed that his mother died of a heart attack the morning of the game.

Betty Brey was 84. The Notre Dame coach said he felt that “she was definitely with us down the stretch” and called the game against the Bulldogs “a tribute to her.”

A distinguished swimmer, Betty Brey was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic team. More from Notre Dame’s official website:

Brey said he’ll travel to Florida on Sunday to celebrate his mother’s life with his family and watch the Kansas-Wichita State game together.

The Irish will play the winner of that game in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in Cleveland.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

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