CHICAGO – If his career ended today, Doug Bruno would still go down as one of the greatest women’s basketball coaches of all time.
Since he was named head coach at his alma mater in 1976, Bruno has led DePaul to 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including 14 in a row.
On Sunday, the Blue Demons earned a spot in the Sweet Sixteen for just the fourth time in program history after upsetting Louisville 73-72 on their home court.
It’s an enormous feat, but one more win would mark an historic occasion – DePaul’s first ever berth in the Elite Eight.
Bruno believes his team’s rigorous regular season schedule will help in that regard, having played three of the top seeds left in the tournament in Baylor, Notre Dame, and Connecticut.
“I don’t know that anyone else in the country can say that they’ve done that,” noted Bruno. “This team’s been all over America, playing in some of the most difficult places. I think that’s been the key.”
DePaul will have their work cut out for them again Saturday night in Dallas, when they square off against Oregon State – the fifth overall seed in the field.