DePaul women’s head coach Doug Bruno was named Big East coach of the year Wednesday.
Bruno coached No. 25 ranked DePaul (24-6, 15-3) to a regular season title, DePaul’s first since the 2004-2005 season when they were part of Conference USA. This is DePaul’s first Big East title.
Bruno’s award is his second conference coach of the year award. He was named Conference USA coach of the year in 2005 as well.
“I really believe coach of the year awards are team of the year awards,” Bruno said. “We won that award because I have the best bosses and the best assistants. We have the best players. When you have the best players, the best coaches and the best bosses, you should win.”
The Blue Demons closed the regular season on a strong note. They won 13 of the last 14 games and were voted in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll.
DePaul led the Big East in multiple categories. The Blue Demons were first in points per game (84), biggest scoring margin (+13.1), field goal percentage (45 percent), 3-point percentage (36.6), assists (20. 1) and steals (11.9).
“I definitely believe we belong in the top 25,” Bruno said. “We didn’t prove ourselves with some early defeats, but we really focused on what we had to do as a team.”
DePaul’s Jasmine Penny and Brittany Hrynko were also named to the Big East’s All-Big East first team. Penny led DePaul in points with 15.7 points per game while Hrynko led DePaul in assists with 5.6 per game.
“That was both of our goals to make the Big East team this year,” Penny said. “It was nice to be able to do that and accomplish it.”
Coaches voted Hrynko as Big East preseason player of the year, but the Big East player of the year went to Creighton’s Marissa Janning. Hrynko said she wasn’t disappointed that she didn’t get the award.
Bruno, however, had another theory as to why neither Hrynko nor Penny picked up the award.
“We became victims of our winning,” Bruno said. “I think Jasmine and Britt split the voting. One game Jas was really good and the other Britt was so they ended up splitting votes. We can’t control what they do on the outside, but what they do on the inside.”
Bruno is in his 28th year as DePaul’s head coach. He signed an extension in October to coach through the 2018-2019 season.