DePaul's Bruno Extended Through 2019-20

CHICAGO – DePaul University women's basketball coach Doug Bruno has signed a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, the university announced today. Bruno, who has guided the program to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, is currently in his 29th season on the bench at his alma mater.

“Doug’s accomplishments in and around Chicago and the country are legendary,” said DePaul’s Director of Athletics Jean Lenti Ponsetto.

“Doug is one of those iconic names in the sport having had tremendous success as a collegiate coach at DePaul, in the first women’s professional league (with the Chicago Hustle) and internationally with our USA Women’s National Team.”

In over 31 years as a women’s basketball head coach – 29 plus at DePaul and two with the Chicago Hustle – Bruno has amassed an impressive 612 wins. Bruno’s 600th win came against Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium last season.

In the midst of his 29th year at DePaul, Bruno holds a 572-306 record while leading the program to 19 NCAA Tournament berths. The Blue Demons are just one of nine teams in Division I to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 12 seasons while Bruno has led the program to a regular-season and BIG EAST Conference tournament titles last season.

Bruno’s 572 collegiate victories with the Blue Demons ranks 19th among active Division I coaches, second in the BIG EAST behind Hall of Fame coach Harry Perretta of Villanova.

“I owe everything I have ever achieved to my coaches – my high school coach Dick Flaiz and DePaul coaches: Ray Meyer, Frank McGrath, Joey Meyer, Ken Sarubbi, Dan Pierce, Ed Collins and Dr. Patricia Ewers as well as Loyola’s Gene Sullivan,” Bruno said of his extension.

“Very few coaches are blessed to coach at their alma mater, and even fewer coaches are blessed to coach at an institution as great as DePaul University. I am blessed to have the administrative support of DePaul President Father Dennis Holtschneider and director of athletics Jeanne Lenti-Ponsetto.”

“I have also been blessed to have had so many great assistant coaching staffs and blessed to have coached so many super young women who have chosen to study and compete at DePaul.”

Bruno’s teams play an exciting brand of basketball and have made McGrath-Phillips Arena one of the toughest places to play in the country. Since the 2004-05 season, the Blue Demons have ranked in the top 20 eight times for their high-octane scoring offense and this season, DePaul leads DI with 90.0 points per game. Annually, Bruno’s teams consistently rank among the nation's best in assists, 3-pointers, steals and turnover margin.

Not to be outdone on the court, Bruno’s teams have shined academically. The Blue Demons have been ranked in the WBCA’s Academic Top 25 eight times since 2006 while also earning the BIG EAST Team Academic Award multiple times for the best team GPA in the league. DePaul’s 2013-14 squad was named Inside Higher Ed’s academic national champion in 2014, a ranking the 64-team NCAA Tournament field based on academics.

“Coach Bruno is a superb teacher, motivator and technician of the game,” Ponsetto said.

“But the true measure of his significance is the respect, appreciation and admiration his former players have for the many lessons he taught and the contributions he invested in them in helping them become the best student-athletes, the best professionals in their chosen field and the best people in service to others as DePaul alumni. So we are excited and thrilled that future classes of DePaul women’s basketball student-athletes will enjoy the benefits of his continued commitment to DePaul women’s basketball.”

Along with his success at DePaul, Bruno is also accomplished at national and international levels. This past summer Bruno rejoined Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma as an assistant coach for the USA Women’s National Team. After winning gold in London in 2012, Bruno helped the women’s national team to a second consecutive FIBA World Championship title in 2014. Bruno was also on the bench as an assistant coach when Team USA won 2010 FIBA World Championship .

As the head coach of the U18 team in 2006, Bruno led that team to a FIBA Americas gold medal followed by a 2007 gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Prior to returning to DePaul in 1988, Bruno compiled a 40-30 record with the Chicago Hustle---the first women’s professional team in Chicago---from 1978-80.


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