Digging for 5th Straight Olympic Gold with DePaul Women’s Basketball Coach Doug Bruno

July 2, 2012

Sally Fitz

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The U.S. national women’s basketball  team has dominated the sport around the world for a number of years. And now with this year’s line-up, the U.S. women are favored to dominate at the 2012 Olympics for the 5th consecutive time and come away with the gold.

DePaul University Women’s Basketball head coach Doug Bruno is onboard to help make that happen. He is heading to London as one of three assistant coaches for the 2012 Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The team’s head coach will be Bruno’s friend and mentor Geno Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s team.

Along with Bruno, the other two assistant coaches are 1988 gold medalist Jen Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors.

The U.S. team has seven players who have already been to the Olympics and won gold. All eleven players were part of the 2010 World Championship team.  

Bruno is in his 26th year as head coach of the DePaul women’s basketball team. During the summers he coaches hundreds of 8-year-olds at the Doug Bruno Basketball Camp. Bruno is recognized locally and nationally as a leader in women’s basketball and women’s sports. He has served as president of the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the second male to lead that organization.        

On Afternoon Shift episode 100, Bruno talks about the big expectations for this year’s women’s basketball team in London, and the possibility that both the women’s and men’s US basketball teams will win gold medals like they did in the 2008 Olympics in China.  

The 2012 Olympics in London begin July 27th