Bruno Named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year
March 24, 2017
CHICAGO - After turning in what DePaul Director of Athletics Jean Lenti Ponsetto hailed as "the best coaching performance of his career in his 31 years here," Doug Bruno was honored Friday as the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Division I Regional Coach of the Year.
Bruno led the Blue Demons to their fourth-straight BIG EAST regular-season title and 15th consecutive NCAA tournament berth with a 27-8 record despite playing much of the season without three starters.
He was also among 10 national finalists for the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year award that went to Geno Auriemma of defending national champion Connecticut.
Auriemma, Bruno and the other regional coaches of the year will be presented with their awards at the WBCA Convention March 30-April 2 in Dallas which is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.
"It's an honor, and I'm really thrilled as this is a United States Marine Corps award and I have so much respect for the Marines," Bruno said. "My 93-year-old mother is a World War II Marine Corps veteran. My brother-in-law Brian Dillon is a Vietnam Marines veteran.
"One of my best friends from grammar school lost his life fighting in the Marines. I had some good friends from high school who were in the Marines and died in Vietnam."
In honoring Bruno, the WBCA cited his excellence in leadership that exemplified the Marines' core values of honor, courage and commitment.
The Blue Demon coaching icon quickly pointed out this was far from a solo effort.
"All Coach of the Year awards should be named Team of the Year," Bruno said. "No head coach can win such an award without having an unbelievable coaching staff and a great group of players who put together a special season.
"I'd like to thank associate head coach Jill M. Pizzotti, assistant coaches Candis Blankson and Bart Brooks along with staff members Lisa Ryckbosch, Bradley Bruno, Jill Hollembeak, Dave McAuliffe and Chris Dresher.
"I was blessed to have a terrific group of young women who overcame the adversity of losing three starters and still persevered in winning the BIG EAST regular-season title, earning our 15th consecutive NCAA tournament berth and winning 27 games despite an extremely tough schedule."
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