Women’s head coach Doug Bruno heads to Rio in August
DePaul Athletics Banquet commemorates history-making accomplishments and academic honors
Iconic former Buffalo Bills coach addresses McGrath-Phillips Arena crowd on Thursday night.
Women's Basketball Hosts the Maggie Dixon Classic, Nov. 11-12
McCormick Place Event Center construction progressing ahead of schedule
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.
Highlights from DePaul's win over Butler Sunday afternoon.
DePaul faced Oregon State in the Sweet 16 on March 26.
DePaul could not quite catch the Fighting Irish Wednesday night.
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DePaul-Notre Dame women's basketball
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 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. Out of the 21 overall NCAA Tournaments DePaul has competed in, Bruno’s program has been at its best from 2014 to 2016.
In that span, the Blue Demons have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016---both times upsetting a higher-seeded team on its home court in the second round. In 2015-16, DePaul went 27-9 and captured its third consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular-season title. The Blue Demons cruised past James Madison 97-67 in the NCAA opener and outfought No. 3 seed Louisville 73-72 on the Cardinals’ home court.
This was also the season that Bruno recorded his 600th collegiate win after the Blue Demons knocked off Butler. The Blue Demon coach had won an additional 40 games earlier in his career as head coach of the Chicago Hustle women's pro basketball team. For the first time in program history, DePaul claimed four road victories over Top 25 teams. Chanise Jenkins was honored as BIG EAST Player of the Year and the program’s 16th Associated Press All-American while Jessica January and Megan Podkowa were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Following the season, DePaul’s iconic coach joined the USA Women’s Basketball National Team as an assistant coach for his second consecutive Summer Olympics. He is set to help guide the women’s national to in the summer of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro as he had done four years earlier in London with the gold-medal champion.
In the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Blue Demons brought nationwide acclaim to the sport of women's basketball with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA Tournament opener. It was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA Women's Tournament.
DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and games played (36). The Blue Demons set new program standards points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). DePaul advanced to its third NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles. A second-round upset of No. 2 seed Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium was Bruno's 600th overall career coaching victory.
Overall team success lays the groundwork for individual accolades, and Brittany Hrynko was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by both the Associated Press and WBCA. Jasmine Penny was also a WBCA honorable mention All-American.
The 2014-15 campaign found the Blue Demons in the NCAA Tournament yet again before bowing out to No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the Round of 32 on the Fighting Irish’s home floor. DePaul repeated as both the BIG EAST’s regular season and tournament champions and for the first time in program history, and Hrynko was named BIG EAST Player of the Year. Hrynko also collected the title of Scholar-Athlete of the Year, WBCA All-American honorable mention, her third consecutive All-BIG EAST First selection and was the 19th overall pick in the WNBA draft.
This three-year run from 2013-14 through 2015-16 saw DePaul compile an overall record of 83-24--- winning games at a 78 percent clip. It capped off a stretch where the Blue Demons were 337-130 during their 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for a winning percentage of 72 percent.
Since his return in 1988 after an eight-year stint as associate head coach of the Loyola men’s basketball team, DePaul has won 560 games, competed at 21 NCAA Tournaments, four Sweet 16s (2006, 2011, 2014, 2016), made four WNIT appearances, won four five tournament championships and six regular-season titles. Bruno's squads have also spent numerous weeks in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, including a two-year run from 2004-06 that featured the Blue Demons ranked from start to finish. In each of those seasons, the club was ranked as high No. 10. The Blue Demons reached a program-best No. 7 in the Feb. 21 Poll, while it finished the No. 10 in the final 2010-11 Associated Press Poll.
Bruno and the Blue Demons' success have also come against some of the best teams the nation has to offer. Since 1988, DePaul has played 213 games against teams that were in the top-25 the week of their game with the Blue Demons. In fact, during the Bruno era, DePaul has posted victories over No. 3 Louisiana Tech (1996-97), No. 6 Vanderbilt (1995-96), No. 8 Notre Dame (2002-03), No. 8 Louisville (2015-16), No. 9 USC (1992-93), No. 9 Florida State (2009-10), No. 9 Duke (2013-14) and No. 12 Northwestern (2015-16) among other Top 25 wins. In 2010-11 the Blue Demons posted the program's biggest win with an impressive, 91-71 victory over then-No. 3/2 Stanford at McGrath Arena on Dec. 16, 2010. DePaul followed its historic win over the Cardinal with five more wins over top-25 opponents that season.
Individually, Bruno registered his 500th career coaching victory when the Blue Demons topped Missouri State Nov. 15, 2010 on the road. He recorded his 500th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2011 with a 65-46 win over Northern Illinois. Bruno won his 400th game on Dec. 22, 2005, with a 78-58 win at Northwestern.
Off the court, success has also been bountiful. DePaul has boasted 205 student-athletes who have earned mention on conference academic honor rolls, and Anne McDonald was named to the GTE/Academic All-American team in 1998-99 and Allie Quigley was named an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2007-08. In 2012-13, Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko in 2014-15 were each selected the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Megan Podkowa won the award in 2015-16.
The WBCA began to recognize team academic success with an Academic Top 25 following the 1997-98 season. Since the poll's inception, the Blue Demons have been ranked 11 times, including a program-best No. 2 finish after the 2012-13 season. DePaul finished third in 2015, 2012, 2011 and eighth in 2010 and 2014. DePaul finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and third in the class room.
In the Journal of Higher Ed competition of teams in the NCAA Tournament field, DePaul was the academic national champion twice and runner-up once.
The Blue Demons have been awarded the BIG EAST's Team Academic Excellence in each of the last eight seasons for having the highest GPA among their league counterparts. The 1997-98 and 2000-01 teams won Conference USA's Team GPA Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the league's then-12 women's basketball teams. DePaul's 2000-01 team GPA was the 13th-ranked GPA in the nation.
Twelve different Blue Demons have represented DePaul on the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team a total of 15 times, while Quigley was named the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of Year in 2005-06 and then again in 2007-08. Jessica January was accorded that honor in 2015-16, Quigley (2007-08) followed Jenna Rubino as the BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2006-07. Quigley was also earned the Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award in 2007-08. Three times a DePaul player was honored with the Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball. McDonald (1998-99), Molly Watson (2000-01) and Lenae Williams (2001-02) were recognized as the top women's basketball scholar-athlete in Conference USA. For the 2014-15 season, Brittany Hrynko and Megan Podkowa were named I-AAA Scholar Athletes, and Podkowa repeated the following season.
DePaul broke into the "Big Dance" in 1990 when the Blue Demons defeated Western Kentucky in their first NCAA Tournament contest. The 1990 season started a string of seven trips in eight seasons to the NCAA Tournament. Three of those appearances saw the Blue Demons reach the second round, including the 1995-96 campaign when DePaul earned a No. 7 seed, then its highest ever.
In 2003-04, Bruno's team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.The 2004-05 campaign saw the Blue Demons reach the second round again with a 26-5 mark before the 27-7 record and Sweet Sixteen berth in the San Antonio Regional in 2006. DePaul again reached the Regional Semifinal in 2011 after topping Penn State on its home court in the Second Round. Overall, Bruno has led the women's basketball program to 21 NCAA appearances in the last 28 years.
Players under the guidance of Bruno have claimed All-Conference mention on 63 occasions while 15 players have been named an All-American by various organizations a total of 46 times.
Since the Blue Demons joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06, 21 Blue Demons have been named to an All-Conference roster, All-Freshman team or BIG EAST All-Tournament team on 41 occasions. In 2015, Hrynko became the first Blue Demon in 20 years to be named a league Player of the Year. Jenkins won the award a year later.
Kim Williams was the 1995-96 C-USA Player of the Year while Tammy Williams (1992-93) and Latasha Byears (1994-95) picked up Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year honors. Following the 1988-89 regular season, Diana Vines was named the North Star Conference Player of the Year.
Following the 2004-05 Conference USA Championship, Bruno was named C-USA Coach of the Year. He was selected Conference USA's Coach of the Decade by a vote of the league's 14 head coaches. He was named the WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05, placing him with seven other coaches on the national coach of the year ballot. Bruno was named the Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994-95 and was honored as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's 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 Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Bruno was also awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Outstanding Achievement in Education Award by the Sons of Italy.
In addition to working with youngsters at his camps, Bruno also works with the sport at the highest levels with USA Basketball and the WNBA. For the second time, Bruno will head to the Olympics this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as an assistant coach. Bruno, Cheryl Reeve from the Minnesota Lynx and Dawn Staley from the University of South Carolina will assist head coach Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) in Rio. In 2012, Bruno helped the national team to its fifth straight Olympic gold in London.
Capturing a pair of golds at the FIBA World Championships in 2014 and 2010 Bruno has been a mainstay on the National Team bench since 2009. Since joining the USA National Team staff, Bruno has helped the team to an impressive 47-4 record.
Leading up to his assignment with the Women's National team, Bruno served as head coach of the U.S. U18 National Team and led the USA squad to the Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2006. In the summer of 2007, Bruno and the U.S. team headed to Bratislava, Slovakia, for the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship. He also assists the WNBA's Chicago Sky as a consultant to the professional franchise.
Bruno has been recognized at all levels of basketball as the only coach to be named USA Basketball's Developmental Coach of the Year twice. He also received the Carol Eckman Award from the WBCA at the 2008 Final Four. The Eckman Award is 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. The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach who is considered the "Mother of the Women's Collegiate Basketball Championship."
Bruno is recognized throughout the country and around the Chicago area as a leader of women's college basketball and women's sports. To honor him and his commitment to DePaul, the university named the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena the "Doug Bruno Court." With the naming in November 2011, Bruno became just one of five women's basketball coaches and three in Division I to have the court or arena named in their honor. Bruno follows, Kay Yow at NC State, Lin Laursen at Central Arizona College (NJCAA), Pam Evans at Wittenberg University and the late Pat Summitt, who has the court at Tennessee and Tennessee Martin named in her honor.
A true leader among his peers, Bruno completed a two-year term as president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in the summer of 2007 after being selected by his peers at the 2005 Final Four. Prior to becoming just the second male coach to lead the organization, he was the Male Coaches of Women's Basketball Representative on the Board of Directors. Bruno is the chairman of the WBCA/State Farm All-American Committee and is also the East Regional representative for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection. He represents District I on the WBCA Ethics Committee and is also on the Wade Trophy committee.
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.
Bruno began his coaching career at the high school level. He spent the 1973-74 season 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 during the 1974-75 campaign.
Bruno was a three-year letterwinner for DePaul and Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer after playing high school basketball at Archbishop Quigley 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., also in English, in 1988.
Doug and his wife, Patty, are the parents of six sons, Bryan, Kevin, David, Brendan, Patrick and Bradley and are the proud grandparents of eight. 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.
Bryan, Kevin, David and Brendan are graduates of St. Ignatius High School where they played basketball for coach John Tracy. Kevin, David and Brendan were All-Catholic League selections. David played on the DePaul men's team for four seasons while Bryan, Kevin and Brendan played at junior-college power Tallahassee Community College for two seasons. Mike Gillespie, a graduate of DePaul and former head coach at Florida A&M, coached Bryan, Kevin and Brendan at Tallahassee.
Patrick played high school basketball at Mt. Carmel under DePaul graduate Mike Curta before transferring to St. Benedict's where he played for Dereck Rubino. Bradley played at St. Patrick's high school under DePaul grad Mike Bailey and played one season at Saint Mary's University in Minnesota before transferring to DePaul as a sophomore.
The Bruno family calls the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side home.
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