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Head coach Doug Bruno and the players talk to the media members about the upcoming game against Oregon State in NCAA Tournament.
Highlights from DePaul's 76-49 win over Butler in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament.
Doug Bruno talks to the media before the start of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament.
BIG EAST Coach of the Year Doug Bruno and DePaul host the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament March 5-8.
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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 31st 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 14 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 587 games, competed in 21 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 654 games as a head coach, 614 as DePaul’s leader.
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. Thirteen DePaul players have been drafted by the WNBA, and two are currently competing on active rosters---Keshia Hampton (Minnesota Lynx) and two-time WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky).
Academically, the Blue Demons have been ranked in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 ten times since 2006 and finishing in the top eight in in six of the last seven seasons which included a No. 2 finish in 2013. They also earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Award in eight of the last nine seasons for having the top team GPA. In the past three years, DePaul was named Inside Higher Education’s academic national champion twice and runner-up once.
For all of his success, Bruno has been recognized as the conference Coach of the Year numerous 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 21 occasions.
Coach Bruno has been inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Bruno was also 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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