July 23, 1965 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1987–1989||Coppin State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4× CAA Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2009, 2012)
4× NABC District Coach of the Year (1998, 2007, 2009, 2012)
James "Bruiser" Flint (born July 23, 1965) is an American men's basketball coach. He was most recently the head coach at Drexel University, located in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was born and raised.
Collegiate playing career
Flint is a 1987 graduate of Saint Joseph's University. While attending St. Joe's, Flint was a member of the school's varsity basketball team. Flint was named to the all-Atlantic 10 team as a senior, and was inducted into the St. Joe's athletic hall of fame in 1988.
Early coaching career
In 1987, Flint became an assistant coach at Coppin State University. Two years later, Flint became an assistant coach under John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (or UMass). After Calipari left UMass for the NBA in 1996, Flint was named his successor, becoming the school's 17th head coach. While coach of the Minutemen, Flint compiled an overall record of 86–72, including a 52–28 in-conference record. He won an NABC District Coach of the Year award in 1998. Facing pressure after being unable to maintain the Minutemen's level of success that they enjoyed under Calipari, Flint resigned from UMass after the 2000–01 season.
Later coaching career
Flint became the head coach at Drexel on April 5, 2001, succeeding Steve Seymour, who had been fired that March after failing to make the NCAA Tournament in either of his two seasons as head coach. Flint's hiring at Drexel coincided with Drexel's move from the America East Conference, where the school had enjoyed a sustained level of success under former head coach Bill Herrion, to the Colonial Athletic Association (or CAA).
During his tenure at Drexel, Flint was named CAA coach of the year four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2012). He also won an NABC District Coach of the Year award three times (2007, 2009, 2012). Under Flint, Drexel made five NIT appearances. In 2012, the school won its first CAA Regular Season Championship in 2012, but lost to VCU in the finals of the Conference Tournament. On Selection Sunday, Drexel narrowly missed an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. On March 7, 2016, following the end of Drexel's season, Flint was fired as head basketball coach after 15 seasons with the team. At the time of his firing, he was the all–time winningest coach in Drexel basketball history.
Head coaching record
|UMass Minutemen (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1996–2001)|
|1996–97||UMass||19–14||11–5||3rd (East)||NCAA First Round|
|1997–98||UMass||21–11||12–4||T–2nd (East)||NCAA First Round|
|1999–00||UMass||17–16||9–7||3rd (East)||NIT First Round|
|UMass:||86–72 (.544)||52–28 (.650)|
|Drexel Dragons (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–2016)|
|2002–03||Drexel||19–12||12–6||T–2nd||NIT Opening Round|
|2003–04||Drexel||18–11||13–5||2nd||NIT First Round|
|2004–05||Drexel||17–12||12–6||T–4th||NIT Opening Round|
|2006–07||Drexel||23–9||13–5||4th||NIT First Round|
|Drexel:||245–217 (.530)||150–117 (.562)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Bruiser Flint Biography". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- "Drexel hires Flint as new head coach". The Reading Eagles. April 5, 2001. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Bruiser Flint Named District Coach of the Year for the Fourth Time". Drexel Athletics. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- Brooks, Matt (21 March 2012). "NCAA Tournament 2012: Drexel, Seton Hall, Miami among biggest snubs settling for NIT". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- Goodman, Jeff; Borzello, Jeff (7 March 2016). "Bruiser Flint fired by Drexel after 15 seasons". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 7 March 2016.