CHICAGO – Doug Bruno’s trophy case is running out of room.
The face of DePaul women’s basketball for the past three decades has led the Blue Demons to 587 wins, four Sweet Sixteen’s, and 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including 14 straight – a feat only shared by Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Now he can add two gold medals to the mix.
While they aren’t actual gold medals, because only players receive those, the replicas still represent a crowning achievement for a man who has helped put women’s basketball on the map.
“If I’m ever asked again, I don’t even have to think twice about saying ‘yes’ to the service of our country,” noted Bruno during an Olympic Ceremony in the DePaul quad. “But it’s so much more important to go out and serve every single day in our community.”
Bruno finished his speech, which happened to fall on DePaul’s Service Day, with some poignant remarks about the ongoing Colin Kaepernick controversy.
As for when he'll hang up the whistle for good?
"I'm blessed to be able to do something I love. Why would you give up something you love to do something you don't love?" Bruno remarked. "I mean I don't like watching hummingbirds like you're supposed to do in retirement. I like golf but I don't love golf. I love to coach basketball. As long as my mind holds out, as long as my body holds out, as long as DePaul wants me around then I'll be around."