DePaul Signs Doug Bruno to Contract Extension

CHICAGO – DePaul University women's basketball coach Doug Bruno has signed a contract extension through the 2011-12 season, the university announced today. Bruno, who has guided the program to five straight NCAA Championship appearances, begins his 22nd season on the bench at his alma mater.

"When Gene Sullivan asked me to coach the DePaul women in the mid-70's, I never imagined that coaching the DePaul women would grow into a lifetime passion," said Bruno. "Following the blueprint I learned from my own college coach, Ray Meyer, and behind the blood and guts efforts of so many special players and assistant coaches, we have gradually moved DePaul up the women's basketball food chain. We still have another level of growth to achieve and thanks to the commitment of DePaul President Father Dennis Holtschneider, C.M. and Athletics Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto, I look forward to accepting the challenge of leading our DePaul women's basketball program to that next level."

In 21 seasons at DePaul, Bruno holds a 394-230 record while leading the program to 12 NCAA Championship berths. Among the five NCAA berths in the last five seasons are four trips to the second round and the 2006 NCAA Regional Semifinal. His 394 victories with the Blue Demons are ranked 40th among all active coaches.

Along with his DePaul success, Bruno has also achieved success at national and international levels. The summers of 2006 and 2007 saw Bruno lead the United States to a pair of gold medals. In 2006, he led the U.S. U18 Women's Team to the FIBA Americas gold followed by a 2007 gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championships. The U19 squad recorded a perfect 9-0 record against the world's best in July-August 2007 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Additionally, Bruno recently finished a two-year term as president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association where he served as just the second male coach to lead the organization.

"Doug Bruno is one of the all time classics in the world of collegiate basketball," said Ponsetto. "His record and tenure in the profession are recognized for outstanding teaching and player development all over Chicagoland, the United States and recently world wide with his gold medal success the past two summers with USA Basketball," said Ponsetto. "DePaul University is very proud of what he and his teams have accomplished in representing the great traditions of our institution in the classroom, on the court and the countless hours devoted to community service. His loyalty and service to DePaul are well noted and this contract extension is our way of showing our gratitude and appreciation for that commitment."

The Blue Demons shoot for the program's sixth straight NCAA Championship appearance this season as 83 percent of the scoring and 86 percent of the rebounding return from the 2006-07 squad. DePaul brings back nine players from last season and have two transfers eligible for play in 2007-08. Over the last seven seasons, DePaul ranks among the nation's elite with 150 victories for an average of just over 21 wins per season. For most of the last four seasons, the Blue Demons have also been the only private, urban, Catholic, non-BCS women's basketball program to consistently be ranked in the nation's top 25. The success off the court under Bruno is also evident as DePaul was ranked No. 11 in 2006 and No. 25 in 2007 in the WBCA Academic Top 25.

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