Jack Bruen

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Jack Bruen
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Biographical details
Born March 25, 1949
New York, New York
Died December 19, 1997(1997-12-19) (aged 48)
Hamilton, New York
Playing career
1968–1972 Catholic
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1989 Catholic
1989–1997 Colgate
Head coaching record
Overall 219-199
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
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.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Bruen played high school basketball at Power Memorial Academy, alongside Lew Alcindor. His college basketball was played at Catholic University of America, where he graduated in 1972.

Coaching career[edit]

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[edit]

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Catholic (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) (1982–1989)
1982-83 Catholic 13-12 N/A N/A
1983-84 Catholic 14-14 N/A N/A
1984-85 Catholic 13-12 N/A N/A
1985-86 Catholic 19–8 N/A N/A
1986-87 Catholic 15-10 N/A N/A
1987-88 Catholic 19-8 N/A N/A
1988-89 Catholic 18-8 N/A
Catholic: 110-72 (.604) N/A
Colgate (North Atlantic Conference) (1989–1990)
1989-90 Colgate 8-21 3-9 6th
Colgate (Patriot League) (1990–1997)
1990-91 Colgate 5-23 2-10 6th
1991-92 Colgate 14-14 7-7 5th
1992-93 Colgate 18-10 9-5 4th
1993-94 Colgate 17-12 9-5 T-1st
1994-95 Colgate 17-13 11-3 1st NCAA First Round
1995-96 Colgate 15-15 9-3 1st NCAA First Round
1996-97 Colgate 12-16 8-4 3rd
1997-98 Colgate 3-3 N/A N/A
Colgate: 109-127 (.462) 55-37 (.598)

Bruen died on December 20, 1997. Paul Aiello coached the team for the remainder of the season.

Total: 219-199 (.524)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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