Doug Bruno, Cheryl Reeve, Dawn Staley Return To USA Basketball As 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Assistant Coaches
After assisting USA head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) to the gold medal and a 6-0 record at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, USA Basketball today announced DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina’s Dawn Staley will return as assistant coaches for the USA Women’s National Team through the 2016 Olympic Games. The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee, approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and is pending approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The three coaches will work with Auriemma at various USA National Team training camps in 2015 and 2016 and with the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team at the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This marks the second Olympic assistant coach assignment for both Bruno and Staley. Bruno was an assistant for Auriemma and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team that also earned a perfect 8-0 mark and upped the USA’s Olympic gold-medal streak to five, a record for women’s traditional team sports. After retiring from international play in 2004 following her third Olympic gold medal, Staley was an assistant for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that compiled an 8-0 record and captured the USA’s fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.
While the Rio Olympic Games will be Reeve’s first Olympic experience, she has plenty of experience coaching Olympians. Reeve won a pair of WNBA titles as a head coach with the Lynx (2011 and 2013), which featured three U.S. Olympians (Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen), and two as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock (2006 and 2008), which also boasted a trio of Olympic champions (Swin Cash, Ruth Riley and Katie Smith) during her time.
“There is certainly a comfort level that we have,” said Auriemma. “We know a little bit about each other now and have been able to work together in the FIBA World Championship and I’m very comfortable with them and confident in them. Obviously I’ve known Doug the longest but I’ve had coaching relationships with Dawn and Cheryl too and we’ve worked really well together. The more time we spend together, the relationships are going to grow and we are going to be even more effective than they were in the World Championships.”
A total of 12 nations will compete in the Olympic women’s basketball competition, including host Brazil and the USA, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. The gold-medal winning nations from each of the five FIBA zone Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2015 will also punch their tickets to Rio, while the remaining berths will be awarded to the top five finishing teams at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD).
Having earned a record seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in Olympic play, USA Basketball women’s teams are 58-3 all-time in Olympic competition and will enter Rio riding a remarkable 41-game Olympic winning streak that dates to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medal game.
Since the inception of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, the USA National Team, in addition to its record five-straight Olympic gold medals, has captured four FIBA World Championship gold medals, one FIBA World Championship bronze medal and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal, while compiling a stunning 86-1 record for a .989 winning percentage in those events. Further, USA National Teams in exhibition contests since 1995 boast of a 186-15 record (.925 winning percentage).
“The honor and privilege of representing the United States of America by coaching USA Basketball has been, and always will be, the highest coaching honor of my basketball coaching life,” said Bruno, who has piloted DePaul to a 19-6 record this season (through 2/8/15). “I would like to thank the USA Basketball Steering Committee, together with Jerry Colangelo, Jim Tooley and Carol Callan of USA Basketball for their confidence in my selection.
“As great an honor as it is to be a member of the USA Basketball Staff, my appointment is the direct result of my lifetime honor to coach at DePaul University. Without the support of DePaul President Dennis Holtschneider, DePaul Athletics Director Jeanne Lenti-Ponsetto, all of my present and past DePaul assistant coaches and most importantly all of my present and former DePaul players and managers, I would never have been able to assist Coach Auriemma and the USA National Team.
“I would like to express my most sincere thanks to USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach Geno Auriemma for his faith in my abilities to again assist with coaching ‘the greatest’ women’s basketball players in the world.
“The players who represent USA Basketball at all levels deserve the highest thanks and praise of all. Our USA women are hooping it up all year, all over the world for a lot less money than our men. They never have time to breathe yet they always make time to represent their country. USA Basketball is all about the greatness of the character of our USA players.
“The experience of coaching for USA Basketball at the national level is about the people. The entire USA Basketball women’s administrative staff, led by Carol Callan, the player selection committees, and so many great assistant coaches, including Jen Gillam, Marynel Meadors, Dawn Staley and Cheryl Reeve have made winning gold so, so sweet. Geno’s UConn coaching staff of Chris Dailey, Shea Ralph, Marisa Moseley, Keith Anderson and Kevin DeMille, together with Hartford’s Jen Rizzotti have also been vital to our success.”
“Now it is time to lace ‘em up and come after ‘the world!’ Because we are blessed to coach the absolute best players in the world, people think that winning USA Basketball gold just happens. It does not just happen. Winning gold is a collective commitment and colossal effort from every person involved and I know we are all ready to take on ‘the world in Rio.”
A co-recipient of the 2006 and 2007 USA Basketball Developmental National Team Coach of the Year awards, Bruno was an assistant coach for the 2009-12 USA National Team that captured gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Olympic Games, served as a court coach for the 2013 USA National Team’s mini-camp in Las Vegas and returned as an assistant to help the USA capture gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Prior to his time with the USA National Team, Bruno headed up a pair of age-based teams in back-to-back summers, compiling a perfect 13-0 record and earning gold medals at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.
During his stint as a USA National Team assistant coach, Bruno aided Auriemma and the U.S. to a 42-4 record, including perfect records at the 2010 and 2014 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics for a 23-0 mark and three gold medals, in addition to a 19-4 exhibition record.
In his 28 full seasons (1976-77 through 1977-78 and 1988-89 to 2013-14) at DePaul and having coached two seasons (1978-79 through 1979-80) in the Women's Basketball League (WBL), Bruno has compiled an overall head coach career record of 600-331 (.644 winning percentage) and a collegiate head coach record of 560-301 (.650 winning percentage) during that time.
Bruno’s 2013-14 DePaul squad advanced to the 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, captured the Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles and finished with a 29-7 record.
In all, Bruno has led the DePaul women to 22 postseason appearances in the past 25 years, 12-straight NCAA Tournaments since 2003 and three NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances since 2006. DePaul is one of just nine NCAA Division I programs to participate in each of the past 12 NCAA Tournaments.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team for the 2016 Olympics,” said Reeve. “I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Geno, Doug and Dawn, as well as the amazing USA National Team players at the World Championship. I look forward to competing for gold in Rio.”
At the helm of the WNBA Lynx for the past five seasons (2010-present), Reeve has compiled a 118-52 (.694 winning percentage) overall record, including an 105-31 (.772 winning percentage) mark over the past four seasons.
After a 13-21 finish in 2010, Reeve helped orchestrate the second-best turnaround in league history, capping the regular season with a 27-7 record and then winning the WNBA title. For her efforts, Reeve was named the 2011 WNBA Coach of the Year. The Lynx in 2012 again finished 27-7 and advanced to the WNBA Finals. In 2013 she guided the Lynx to the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference standings with a 26-8 record and coached the Lynx to its second WNBA championship in three years. Most recently, Reeve’s 2014 Lynx squad posted a 25-9 record, second best in the league, and advanced to the WNBA Western Conference Finals.
Prior to being named head coach at the Lynx, Reeve spent nine years as an assistant in the league at Charlotte (2001-02, 2004-05), Cleveland (2003) and Detroit (2006-09), where she aided the Shock to a pair of WNBA titles.
“I’m really excited to continue my career with USA Basketball,” said Staley, who pulled double duty in 2014, first as a head coach for the USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and a month later as an assistant coach to the gold-medal winning USA World Championship Team. “I feel that it’s basketball utopia because you come together for one common goal. Also, I look forward to working with Geno, Doug and Cheryl once again because I thought we had a pretty good chemistry as a staff. Hopefully I can lend my hand and help us win another gold medal.”
No stranger to USA Basketball, Staley as an athlete won 10 gold medals, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Championship golds, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles from 1989-2004. She then transitioned into the coaching ranks, received her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant to the 2006 USA World Championship Team and was later asked to remain on board through the 2008 Olympics. With Staley assisting on the sideline, the USA National Team from 2006-08 posted a 32-2 record, captured the 2008 Olympic and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medals and the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal. Staley also served as head coach for the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team that remarkably claimed gold with a perfect 5-0 record, and she piloted the 2014 USA U18 National Team to a perfect 5-0 record and earned a berth in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship. In all, and including the 2014 USA National Team’s 4-1 exhibition record and 6-0 mark at the FIBA World Championship, USA Basketball teams with Staley on the coaching staff have compiled a 52-3 record and claimed five gold medals and one bronze medal.
Since arriving at the University of South Carolina for the 2008-09 season, Staley has built the program into a national contender and the 22-0 (through 2/8/15) Gamecocks are currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
Staley in 2013-14 led the Gamecocks to a 29-5 mark, the program’s first Southeastern Conference regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where she advanced her team to the Sweet Sixteen. Staley in 2014 was named the SEC Coach of the Year, WBCA Region 3 Coach of the Year and was one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award.
Staley in her first six years at South Carolina (2008-09 to present) compiled a 121-71 (.630 winning percentage) record, posted 25-win seasons in each of the past three years and is close to making that four in a row.
Prior to arriving at South Carolina, Staley was the head coach at Temple University for eight years (2000-01 through 2007-08), where she took over a program that had not seen a winning record since the 1989-90 squad went 16-15 and had never won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. She turned the program around in her first season and led the Owls to six NCAA Tournaments and captured four A-10 Tournament titles. In all, Staley compiled a 172-80 (.683) record and had six 20-plus win seasons at Temple.
USA Basketball Women’s National Team
The final 12-member 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team will be selected from the 2014-16 USA National Team pool, which currently includes: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Bria Hartley (Washington Mystics), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Stars).
USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan serves as the chair of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee, which includes USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley; WNBA appointee Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations; NCAA appointee Chris Plonsky, Director of Women's Athletics/Athletics External Services, University of Texas; and three-time Olympic and two-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith, who played in nearly 200 games for USA Basketball from 1993-2008, and serves as the athlete representative.