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Longtime Notre Dame men's basketball radio voice Jack Nolan announces retirement

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Jack Nolan, a fixture of Notre Dame athletics broadcasts for 39 years, has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2020-21 men’s basketball season.

The announcement came from the university on Thursday morning.

Nolan has served as the radio play-by-play voice of Irish basketball since 2006. He's been on the call for some of the more memorable Irish games during that time, including the epic five-overtime victory over Louisville in 2013 and the program's run to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship in 2015.

His signature call is "Got It!" when the Irish make a big basket.

“I have been truly blessed to have been associated with the Notre Dame athletics department for 39 seasons,” Nolan said in a university release. “I will be forever grateful to all the athletes, coaches, colleagues and fans who have been so wonderful to me over the years. However, the time has come for my wife Rhonda (Brown) and I to live a more normal life.”

Nolan arrived in South Bend in 1982 after a year at CNN following graduation from Missouri in 1981. At the time of his arrival at WNDU, the station was owned by the University and broadcast Irish football games that were not on national television. Nolan earned Associated Press play-by-play awards in 1983, 1987 and 1989. He also anchored the WNDU sports desk throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.

He met his future wife, Rhonda Brown, while working together and the couple co-anchored WNDU’s NewsCenter 16 Sunday Morning from 1996 through 2002.

His long run with Notre Dame men’s basketball began in 1982 on both radio and television, eventually becoming the regular radio analyst with Jack Lorri.

Nolan replaced Lorri, who left in 2006 after 38 years on the call of Irish basketball. 

Nolan left WNDU in 2006 to become a full-time employee on campus as part of Notre Dame Sports Properties, who handled the radio broadcasting rights for Irish athletics and helped lead Notre Dame through its first steps of online video productions.

“It is hard to think about our broadcasts without him,” Irish coach Mike Brey said. “His professionalism has made my job easier and his broadcast calls are as much a part of our basketball legacy as ‘The Burn’ or the 3-point shot. I will miss having him around the program, but if anyone deserves the ability to enjoy a long and happy retirement it is Jack and Rhonda.”

A native of Winchester, Mass., Nolan was awarded an honorary monogram by Notre Dame in 2013.

Notre Dame's regular-season finale is scheduled for March 6 at home against No. 20 Florida State.

Notre Dame radio play-by-play voice Jack Nolan, right, works a game with former Irish power forward Zach Hillesland during the 2019-20 season. Nolan announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current Irish basketball season.