USA Basketball on Jan. 20, 2012, announced that DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno,will return this summer as an assistant coach for USA head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. The selection, made by the USA Basketball Womenís National Team Steering Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors, are pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
“It’s an honor. I’m honored and humbled to be working with a great head coach in Geno, great assistant coaches in Marynell and Jen, and most of all, the best female basketball players in the world,” said Bruno, who coached USA Basketball junior teams to gold medals in 2006 and 2007. “To be asked to be a part of that team is just a thrill and an honor.”
Bruno, who as an assistant coach for the 2010 USA World Championship Team helped the American women earn a 9-0 record, the gold medal and a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been involved with USA Basketball teams since 2006.
“I think coaching staffs are just like teams, it’s all about chemistry. You win with chemistry on a basketball team, you win with chemistry on a coaching staff. To be able to compliment and give Geno anything that he needs to compliment his already Hall of Fame talents as a coach, is really how I approach the task at hand. The ability to scout our opponents and put already unbelievable talented women in a position to be even stronger through the knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents, I think it’s a place where I can also contribute.”
During his stint as an assistant coach with the 2009-10 USA National Team, Bruno aided head coach Geno Auriemma and the USA to a 3-0 mark and gold medal at the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, a victory in the 2009 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game and a 3-1 pre-World Championship exhibition slate. Bruno returned in 2011 as a court coach for the USA’s mini-camp in Las Vegas in May, and was again on the sideline as the U.S. earned a 3-2 record during its fall European tour.
In all, including the 9-0 mark posted by the U.S. at the ’10 Worlds, Bruno has assisted the USA National Team to a 19-3 record and a World Championship gold medal since 2009.
Prior to being elevated to a USA National Team assistant coach, Bruno headed up a pair of age-based teams in back-to-back summers, compiling a perfect 16-0 record along the way.
In 2007, Bruno guided the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team to a 9-0 mark 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. Prior to the U19 Worlds, the USA notched a 3-0 record in an exhibition tournament.
Bruno’s first USA Basketball coaching assignment came in 2006 as head coach of the USA 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.
For his efforts, Bruno was named the co-recipient of the 2006 and 2007 USA Basketball Developmental National Coach of the Year awards, becoming the first two-time winner of the award.
In his 27-plus seasons (1976-77 through 1977-78 and 1988-89 to present) at DePaul and having coached two seasons (1978-79 through 1979-80) in the Women's Basketball League (WBL), Bruno has compiled a head coach career record of 542-305 (.640 winning percentage) and a collegiate head coaching record of 502-275 (.646 winning percentage), including a 15-4 slate midway through the 2011-12 season (through 1/18/12).