|Born||March 25, 1949
New York, New York
|Died||December 19, 1997
Hamilton, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Patriot League Tournament Championship (1995, 1996)
Patriot League Regular Season Championship (1994, 1995, 1996)
John Francis "Jack" Bruen (March 25, 1949 – December 19, 1997) was an American basketball coach. He's known for coaching Colgate University to two NCAA Tournament appearances, before dying from pancreatic cancer at age 48.
Bruen landed his first college head coaching job at his alma mater, where he guided the Cardinals to a 110-72 record from 1982–89, with his teams never falling below the .500 mark. During his time at Catholic, Bruen coached future NCAA Division I head coaches Mike Lonergan (George Washington University), Jimmy Patsos (Siena College), and John Becker (University of Vermont).
In 1989, Bruen took the job at Colgate University. It was there where he coached Adonal Foyle, a 12-year NBA player, and eighth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 1997 NBA Draft. Bruen guided the Red Raiders to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1996--to date, the only NCAA Tournament appearances in school history--and three Patriot League regular season championships.
After being diagnosed with cancer before the start of the 1997 season, Bruen underwent chemotherapy treatments, and hoped to coach for the entire season, only missing one game against St. John's on December 10. He returned to Colgate to and coached his final game against Marist College on December 13, 1997, an 80-69 win. He would die just six days later, amassing a record of 109-127 overall.
Head coaching record
|Catholic (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) (1982–1989)|
|Colgate (North Atlantic Conference) (1989–1990)|
|Colgate (Patriot League) (1990–1997)|
|1994-95||Colgate||17-13||11-3||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1995-96||Colgate||15-15||9-3||1st||NCAA First Round|
|Colgate:||109-127 (.462)||55-37 (.598)||
‡ Bruen died on December 20, 1997. Paul Aiello coached the team for the remainder of the season.
National champion Postseason invitational champion