Mike Courey

Michael J. Courey (August 11, 1959 – December 11, 2007) was an American football player and a starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame.

Mike Courey was born to a teenage mother in Watertown, South Dakota, and at five weeks of age was adopted by Michael and Helen (Schlote) Courey of Sioux City, Iowa. At Bishop Heelan Catholic High School he became an All-State athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and was a Parade All-American when he was given a football scholarship to Notre Dame in 1977.

In his freshman year Courey played halfback for the national champion team, and opened eyes when he completed an option pass for 24 yards in a comeback win at Clemson. In 1978, he was moved to flanker, and in 1979 became a backup quarterback.

As a senior in 1980, Courey won the No. 1 quarterback job and went 3-0 as a starter, including wins over ninth-ranked Purdue and fourteenth-ranked Michigan. But then coach Dan Devine, who had a reputation for being fickle with his QBs, decided to give the starting job to freshman Blair Kiel, believing the underclassman to have a stronger arm. Courey would later lead a tying touchdown drive against Georgia Tech, but would never start another game.

Courey earned his degree in business management, and later became president of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades Union Local 214 in Sioux City.

In 2006 Courey was found to have a malignant schwannoma tumor in his back. He succumbed to the cancer nineteen months later, leaving behind three daughters and a son.

Mike Courey
CollegeNotre Dame
PositionHalfback, Flanker, Quarterback
Jersey #2
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg)
BornAugust 11, 1959
Watertown, South Dakota
DiedDecember 11, 2007
Sioux City, Iowa
High schoolBishop Heelan Catholic


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1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Irish finished unranked in both major polls for the first time since 1963.

1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1980 college football season. The team was coached by Dan Devine and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

The 1980 season would be Dan Devine's final year as Notre Dame head coach. In August, he had announced that the upcoming season would be his last. The offense had 248 points for, while the defense gave up 128 points.

Bishop Heelan Catholic High School

Bishop Heelan is a private, Catholic high school that is part of a school system in Sioux City, Iowa. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. The system includes three PK-8 elementary schools: Holy Cross School, Mater Dei School and Sacred Heart School and Bishop Heelan High School. After Sioux City's Catholic schools combined to become a system in 1998-99, the system took its name from Bishop Heelan High School which is the secondary school of choice after students graduate from elementary school.

The name Bishop Heelan comes from a bishop who was a champion of education in the early history of the Sioux City Diocese.


Coury is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Al Coury (1934–2013), vice-president of American record label Capitol Records

Dick Coury, American football coach

Fred Coury (born 1964), American musician

Gabriel Coury (1896–1956), British Army officer and Victoria Cross recipient

Steve Coury (born 1957), American football player and coach

Tarek Coury, Fellow in Economics of University College, Oxford

Tino Coury (born 1988), American singer, songwriter, producer

Mike Courey (1959–2007), American football player

List of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.

The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.

List of University of Notre Dame athletes

This list of University of Notre Dame athletes includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Notre Dame who are notable for their achievements within athletics, sometimes before or after their time at Notre Dame. Other alumni can be found in the list of University of Notre Dame alumni.

Although Notre Dame is highly ranked academically, it has also been called a "jock school" as it has produced a large number of athletes. Intercollegiate sports teams at Notre Dame are called the "Fighting Irish". Notre Dame offers 13 varsity sports for both men and women: Men's American Football, Men's Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Fencing, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track and Field, and Women's Volleyball. Approximately 400 students have gone on to play professional American football in the National Football League, the American Football League, or the All-America Football Conference, with many others going to play other sports professionally. Some athletes have also participated in the Olympic Games.

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