Senior guard joins former Blue Demons Allie Quigley and Keisha Hampton
No. 23 DePaul falls to No. 14/14 Texas A&M 80-79 in NCAA Second Round
No. 14/14 Texas A&M is Sunday's formidable second-round opponent
In last two meetings, they have combined to score a total of 423 points
Blue Demons edged Sooners 111-108 in overtime last November at McGrath-Phillips Arena
DePaul women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno and players Kelly Campbell, Mart'e Grays and Amarah Coleman preview the matchup against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
DePaul women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno, Kelly Campbell, Mart'e Grays and Amarah Coleman preview the matchup against Oklahoma in College Station, Texas.
After being sent off by the DePaul University community at McGrath-Phillips Arena, the Blue Demons have arrived in College Station, Texas for the NCAA first and second rounds!
Highlights from No. 23/22 DePaul vs. Providence
Head coach Doug Bruno and the players talk to the media members about the upcoming game against Oregon State in NCAA Tournament.
The DePaul women's basketball team celebrated its 2018 senior class on Sunday against Villanova.
vs. Seton Hall
Shots from DePaul's quarterfinal game vs. Seton Hall Sunday night.
The former DePaul basketball player who is forever grateful to the athletic scholarship he received from legendary Blue Demon coach Ray Meyer is heading into his 33rd season as the head coach at his alma mater. Born and raised in Chicago and a product of Quigley South High School, Bruno has transformed DePaul women’s basketball into a steadfast national power.
He has guided the Blue Demons to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances---a feat only the NCAA elite of Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and Oklahoma can also claim. Since his return in 1988, DePaul has won 641 games, competed in 23 NCAA Tournaments and four Sweet Sixteen’s (2006, 2011, 2014, 2016). Bruno is the fourth active Division I head coach to reach the 600-win plateau. Bruno has won 708 games as a head coach, 668 as DePaul’s leader. He won the 700th game of his overall career on Feb. 9 at Butler.
The DePaul alumnus who played for legendary Blue Demon coach Ray Meyer has led the women's basketball program to five consecutive BIG EAST regular-season titles and three BIG EAST Tournament titles in the last five years. Most recently, DePaul shot down Marquette 98-63 in the BIG EAST title game on March 6, 2018 at Wintrust Arena.
The extraordinary run of success led DePaul to extending Bruno's contract through the 2023-24 season on April 30, 2018.
Bruno has worked with athletes at the highest level through his involvement with USA Basketball. Since 2009, Bruno has been an assistant coach for the USA Women’s Basketball National Team. He has helped lead the USA to FIBA World Championships in 2010 and 2014, and to its fifth and sixth straight Olympic gold in London in 2012 and again in Rio in 2016.
Bruno is the only coach to be recognized twice as USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the U18 team in 2006 and the U19 team in 2007 to gold medals at the FIBA Americas and World Championships.
Bruno’s influence on the game extends to the WNBA. He currently assists the Chicago Sky as a consultant to the professional franchise. There have been 15 DePaul players drafted by the WNBA, and two are currently competing on active rosters---Keshia Hampton (Chicago Sky) and WNBA All-Star, WNBA Three-Point Champion and two-time WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky). Amarah Coleman was drafted by the Sky on April 13, 2018.
Academically, the Blue Demons have been ranked in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 13 times since its inception in 1998 and finishing in the top eight in six of the last eight seasons which included No. 2 finishes in 2011 and 2012. They also earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Award in nine of the last 10 seasons for having the top team GPA. In the past four years, DePaul was named Inside Higher Education’s academic national champion twice and runner-up twice.
For all of his success, Bruno has been recognized as the conference Coach of the Year numerous times and was a WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist three times. In 2005, Bruno was selected as Conference USA's Coach of the Decade. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named him Coach of the Year on 23 occasions and on May 5, 2018 he became the first recipient of the Rich and Ron Herrin Award for lifetime contributions to the sport.
Coach Bruno has been inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the IBCA Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 18, 2017. Bruno has also been awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Outstanding Achievement in Education Award by the Sons of Italy. He received the Carol Eckman Award in 2008, presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.
A true leader among his peers, Bruno completed a two-year term as president of the WBCA beginning in the summer of 2007. He is the chairman of the WBCA/State Farm All-American Committee and is the East Regional representative for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection. He serves on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Committee, the Wade Trophy committee, represents District I on the WBCA Ethics Committee and has served as a conference captain.
For 40 years, Bruno has been involved with growing the game of women’s basketball through his Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps. He has mentored over 75,000 young athletes, and many of his former campers have gone on to successful careers in every walk of life.
Prior to returning to DePaul in 1988, Bruno spent eight seasons as the associate men's head coach at Loyola Chicago under Gene Sullivan. The Ramblers posted 17 or more wins in four campaigns, including a pair of 20-win seasons, and won three Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles. The 1984-85 team went 27-6 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Bruno spent two seasons as the head coach and director of player personnel for the Chicago Hustle of the Women's Basketball League (WBL). His first team (1978-79) won the league's Midwest Division and led the WBL in 11 offensive categories as well as attendance.
During the 1973-74 season, Bruno began his coaching career as an assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at Chicago's Francis Parker High School before becoming the head boys’ varsity coach at St. Vincent de Paul High School (1974-75).
Bruno was a three-year letter winner for DePaul and Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer after playing high school basketball at Quigley South for the legendary Dick Flaiz. Bruno was a two-year starter at DePaul and led the 1971-72 squad in assists. He received his B.A. in English in 1973, and later returned to earn his M.A. in English in 1988.
Doug and his wife Patty are the parents of six sons---Bryan, Kevin, David, Brendan, Patrick and Bradley--- and the proud grandparents of 10. Bryan and his wife, former DePaul women's basketball player Stacy Krumrei, are the parents of Jackson, Morgan, Owen and Eden. Kevin and his wife Sarah are the parents of Brendan, Nora, Declan and Colin while David and his wife Bethany are the new parents of twin daughters Caroline and Cecilia.
The Bruno family calls the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side home.
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