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Doug Bruno Selected As USA Basketball's 2007 Co-Developmental Coach Of The Year



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  DePaul University head women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno and Joanne P. McCallie, head women’s coach at Duke University, who each led USA women’s teams to perfect records and gold medals at their respective FIBA World Championships, today were announced as
co-recipients of the 2007 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.

USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award Recipients
2007 - Doug Bruno, DePaul University and Joanne P. McCallie, Duke University
2006 - Doug Bruno, DePaul University and Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington
2005 - Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University and Jay Wright, Villanova University
2004 - Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma
2003 - Jim Foster, The Ohio State University
2002 - Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University
2001 - Debbie Ryan, University of Virginia
2000 - Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
1999 - Oliver Purnell, University of Dayton
1998 - Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University
1997 - Rene Portland, Penn State University
1996 - Mike Montgomery, Stanford University

McCallie and her USA squad traveled to Moscow, Russia, and wrapped up a 8-0 record and gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship, while Bruno led his group to a 9-0 tally and gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“Any and all coach of the year awards are team awards,” Bruno said. “The fact that I’m named co-coach of the year is a tribute to my staff and players. Carol Owens has been a rock the past two summers. She’s been a valuable assistant to me personally with her X and O knowledge, her ability to relate to the players and her ability to be there as a support system for this head coach. Coop was awesome. Cynthia brought a great player’s experience to the table and her upbeat constant attitude for the team was infectious. And the players, you don’t ever get a coach of the year award without great players, they were a joy to be around. They’re great young women, they were great to coach, great to be with on the road through the travails of traveling. I can’t say enough about the leadership and maturity of these 19-year-olds this summer. Also, Carol Callan has such a wealth of knowledge and you can’t succeed without the wealth of experience she brings to the table.”

“I accept this honor with great pride and, of course, on behalf of my outstanding team and coaching staff, which included Sam Dixon and Charli Turner Thorne,” McCallie said. “It is always an exciting opportunity to represent USA Basketball, and I am grateful for the wonderful experience and recognition.”

USA Basketball also will submit Bruno and McCallie to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as nominees for the 2007 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year award, which is expected to be announced in the spring of 2008.

Doug Bruno and Joanne P.McCallie have been committed to USA Basketball, not just this summer but last summer as well, in piloting their teams to World Championship gold medals,” said USA Basketball Executive Director Jim Tooley.  “Their efforts are greatly appreciated and they are well-deserving of this award.”

USA Basketball’s Development Coach of the Year award was established in 1996 to recognize a USA Basketball head coach who, during the year of the award, made significant impact on the success of individual athlete and team performance at the developmental level.

Bruno’s selection marks his second such honor, as he also was named a co-recipient of the 2006 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.

Bruno and McCallie add their names to an impressive list of award recipients that includes Lorenzo Romar (2006); Kathy Delaney-Smith (2005); Jay Wright (2005); Kelvin Sampson (2004); Jim Foster (2003); Marsha Sharp (2002); Debbie Ryan (2001); Geno Auriemma (2000); Oliver Purnell (1999); Jim Boeheim (1998); Rene Portland (1997); and Mike Montgomery (1996).

The Developmental Coach of the Year selection was made by the USA Basketball Executive Committee, which includes: Val Ackerman, President; Jim Delany, Vice President (Commissioner, Big Ten Conference); Stu Jackson, Vice President for Senior Men, (NBA Senior Vice President for Basketball Operations); Rene Brown, Vice President for Senior Women (WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations); Reggie Minton, Vice President for Men (Associate Executive Director, NABC); Chris Plonsky, Vice President for Women (Women's Athletics Director / Director of Men's and Women's Athletics External Services, University of Texas); Robert Kanaby, Treasurer (Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations); Terry Holland, Secretary (Director of Athletics, East Carolina University); Dawn Staley, Athlete Representative (Three-time Olympian, three-time World Championship team member; head coach, Temple University); and Scott Paddock, Athlete Representative (1995 Pan American Games team member; Senior Manager, Gatorade Sports Marketing).

Doug Bruno
In 2007, Bruno guided the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team to a 9-0 record and the gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The USA dominated the competition by an average scoring margin of 34.6 points a game.

Doug Bruno is a coach who challenges his players to be excellent, which brought out the best in my game,” said U19 team member Maya Moore (Connecticut). “I love how he gave us the freedom to run the floor and just be the basketball players that we are. The part of his personality I admire the most is how he truly cares about his players' lives, not just their basketball performance.”

Assisting Bruno on the sidelines were collegiate head coaches Cynthia Cooper-Dyke of Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and Carol Owens from Northern Illinois University.

The 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team included: Vicki Baugh (Tennessee.); Angie Bjorklund (Tennessee); Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan State); Amy Jaeschke (Northwestern); Jantel Lavender (Ohio State); Melissa Lechlitner (Notre Dame); Italee Lucas (North Carolina); Moore; Kayla Pedersen (Stanford); Jasmine Thomas (Duke); Krystal Thomas (Duke); and Monica Wright (Virginia).

The USA began the tournament with a 95-25 dismantling of Ivory Coast on July 26; followed by a 101-60 win over China on July 27; and a 90-50 victory over Lithuania to close preliminary round play. In the second round, the USA topped South Korea 113-69 on July 30; Spain 74-66 on July 31; and Slovakia 84-60 on Aug. 1. An 85-66 win over the Czech Republic on Aug. 3 propelled the USA into the semifinal round, were the Americans handled Spain for a second time on Aug. 4, recording a 69-46 victory; and the USA finished the tournament with an impressive 99-57 win over Sweden on Aug. 5 for a perfect 9-0 record and gold medal.

The USA ranked first in 11 of 19 statistical categories, including scoring margin, scoring average
(90.0 ppg.), field goal percentage (45.5), rebounding (57.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+18.7 rpg.) and blocked shots (5.8 bpg.).

In addition, two of the USA’s 12 players finished among the top 10 leading scorers for the tournament.

The 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team broke six USA team competition records, two individual competition records, three USA team single game records and four USA individual game records.

Prior to the U19 World Championship, the USA tallied a 3-0 record in an tournament in the Canary Islands, Spain. The USA beat Australia 64-62 on July 19; Brazil 90-75 on July 20; and Spain 79-71 on July 21.

Bruno’s first USA Basketball coaching assignment came in 2006 as head coach of the USA Women’s U18 FIBA Americas Championship Team. The USA tallied a 4-0 record in Colorado Springs, Colo., capturing the gold medal and qualifying the USA for the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Now in his 22nd year as head coach of the DePaul women, Bruno had compiled an overall record of 394-230 (63.1 winning percentage) through the 2006-07 season, reaching 12 NCAA Tournaments along the way.

Thirteen games into the 2007-08 season, Bruno already has recorded his 400th career win and led DePaul to a 11-2 record and No. 15 national ranking.

Joanne P. McCallie
In compiling a perfect 8-0 record and collecting the gold medal, McCallie and the USA Basketball Women's U21 World Championship Team dominated opponents by an average of 30 points a contest.

“Playing for Coach McCallie at the U21 World Championships was an enriching experience,” said Candice Wiggins, U21 team member and the 2007 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. “Being able to learn more about the international game on the way to winning the gold medal is definitely something that has helped me grow in my career with USA Basketball.”

Furman University’s head mentor Sam Dixon and Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne assisted McCallie on the sidelines.

The USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team included: Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin); DeWanna Bonner (Auburn); Essence Carson (Rutgers); Laura Harper (Maryland); Ashley Houts (Georgia); Crystal Langhorne (Maryland); Marscilla Packer (Ohio State); Courtney Paris (Oklahoma); Kia Vaughn (Rutgers); Abby Waner (Duke); Wiggins; and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue).

In preliminary round play, the USA topped Australia 90-88 on June 29; Brazil 96-40 on the 30th; and Hungary 93-70 on July 1. The Americans handled Spain 81-62 on July 3; Japan 98-57 on the 4th; and Belgium    104-53 on July 6 to reach the semifinal round. The USA reached the gold medal game with a 86-61 win over Russia on July 7, and secured a perfect 8-0 record with a 96-73 gold-medal victory over Australia on July 8. 

The USA dominated the tournament's team statistics, ranking No.1 in 10 of the 19 categories, including scoring offense (93.0 ppg.), scoring defense (63.0 ppg.), scoring margin (+30.0), offensive rebounding (52.9 rpg.), defensive rebounding (26.3 rpg.); rebounding margin (+26.6 rpg.), steals (12.63 spg.), turnover margin (+3.50) and assist/turnover ratio (1.19). 

Additionally, seven U.S. players broke into the tournament's top 10 rankings in eight different statistical categories.

Although this was just the second time FIBA held a U21 World Championship for women, the 2007 USA squad established new entries for team competition record in seven of eight statistical categories, USA players set USA individual competition records in 13 of 16 categories, while setting team single game records in nine of 14 categories and USA individual single game marks in 10 of 14 statistical areas.

The USA U21 squad also tallied a 3-0 exhibition record in a pre-tournament series of games against the French National Team, topping the French National Team 82-59 in Monte Carlo on June 18; 81-61 on June 19 in Antibes; and 71-57 in La Garde on June 21.

McCallie’s first USA Basketball coaching assignment also came in 2006, with the USA U20 FIBA Americas Championship Team. The USA tallied a 5-0 record in Mexico City, Mexico, capturing the gold medal and qualifying the USA for the FIBA U21 World Championship.

McCallie through the 2006-07 season has completed 15 seasons (1992-93 to 2006-07) as a collegiate head coach and four (1988-89 to 1991-92) as an assistant coach.  She has compiled an overall career record of 419-175 (.705 winning percentage), including a mark of 316-148 (.681 winning percentage) as a head coach. Along the way she has reached 14 NCAA Tournaments, including finishes in the 2006 Sweet Sixteen, the 1991 Elite Eight and three (1989, 1990 and 2005) national championship games.

After seven seasons at Michigan State (2000-01 to 2006-07) where she tallied a 149-73 (.671 winning percentage) record, McCallie was named on April 20, 2007, the head women's basketball coach at Duke. Fourteen games into the 2007-08 season, McCallie has led Duke to a 11-3 record and a No. 13 national ranking.