Doug Bruno is a former DePaul basketball player and currently DePaul Women’s Basketball Head Coach who has led the Blue Demons to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
The former DePaul basketball player, Doug Bruno, is heading into his 32nd season as the head coach 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 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances—a feat only the NCAA elite of Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and Oklahoma can also claim. Since his return in 1988, DePaul has won 614 games, competed in 22 NCAA Tournaments and four Sweet Sixteen’s (2006, 2011, 2014, 2016). Bruno is the fourth active Division I head coach to reach the 600-win plateau.
Bruno has worked with athletes at the highest level through his involvement with USA Basketball. Since 2009, Bruno has been an assistant coach for the USA Women’s Basketball National Team. He has helped lead the USA to FIBA World Championships in 2010 and 2014, and to its fifth and sixth straight Olympic gold in London in 2012 and again in Rio in 2016. He is the only coach to be recognized twice as USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year. Bruno’s influence on the game also extends to the WNBA, where he currently assists the Chicago Sky as a consultant to the professional franchise.
For all of his success, Bruno has been recognized as the conference Coach of the Year numerous times, was a WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist three times and has been selected BIG EAST Coach of the Year three of the last four years. In 2005, Bruno was selected as Conference USA’s Coach of the Decade. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has named him Coach of the Year on 22 occasions.
Coach Bruno has been inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the IBCA Hall of Fame. He was honored with the Chicago Catholic League Man of the Year Award in 2017, the Leonardo Da Vinci Outstanding Achievement in Education Award by the Sons of Italy. He received the Carol Eckman Award in 2008, presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character.
A true leader among his peers, Bruno completed a two-year term as President of the WBCA beginning in the summer of 2007. He is the Chairman of the WBCA/State Farm All-American Committee and is the East Regional representative for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection. He serves on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Committee, the Wade Trophy Committee, represents District I on the WBCA Ethics Committee and has served as a conference captain.
For 40 years, Bruno has been involved with growing the game of women’s basketball through his Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps. He has mentored over 75,000 young athletes, and many of his former campers have gone on to successful careers in every walk of life.
Doug Bruno was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.