A pioneer and crusader for women’s basketball at all levels, Doug Bruno has been DePaul University’s head coach for more than 30 years. Whether it is coaching hundreds of eight-year olds at the Doug Bruno Basketball Camp during the summer, or ending every press conference during the season with “Thank you for supporting women’s basketball,” Doug is always promoting and growing the game. Danny’s mother Mariann is one of the thousands of former campers upon whom Coach Bruno had a positive impact, and their friendship has remained strong to this day.
In addition to working with youngsters at his camps, Coach Bruno also works with the sport at the highest levels with USA Basketball and the WNBA. Coach Bruno is an assistant coach for the USA Women’s National Team, who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and earned the gold medal. He also assists the WNBA’s newest team, the Chicago Sky, as a consultant to the professional franchise.
Coach Bruno has led his team to 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the programs’ first Sweet Sixteen showing in 2006. Overall, Coach Bruno has led the women’s basketball program to 21 postseason appearances in the last 24 years.
Doug and his wife have six children and six grandchildren. Doug and his family reside on the north side of Chicago and is proud to serve the Danny Did Foundation as a member of its Emeritus Board.