MIKE BRUNO - Volleyball Head Coach (1tth Year) (Twitter @MBrunoVBCoach)
Record at Point Park (10 Years): 247-143 (.633)
Career Record (15 Years): 363-201 (.643)
Alma mater: Robert Morris ('90)
Point Park All-Time Wins Leader (2007)
American Volleyball Coaches Association 300-Win Club Member (2012)
2011 AVCA-NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
2011 AMC Coach of the Year
2006 AMC North Division Coach of the Year
2004 PAC Coach of the Year
2003 PAC Coach of the Year
2000 PAC Coach of the Year
Mike Bruno enters his 11th year as Point Park University volleyball head coach in 2015 and his 16th year overeall as a collegiate volleyball head coach. He has won 247 matches in his previous 10 years -- an average of 24.7 wins per year -- and has won 363 career games entering the year.
Bruno, who was hired before the 2005 season, has elevated the program to its current state of success. The Pioneers are coming off a 2014 KIAC Tournament championship with a record of 27-16 overall and 8-2 KIAC. With the conference title, the Pioneers qualified for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the second time in four years.
Under Bruno, Point Park has been built into a yearly conference contender and has established the Point Park volleyball on the NAIA scence. He is the all-time career wins leader in the history of the program, and he took the Pioneers to their first-ever NAIA national tournament in 2011.
Although the Pioneers came up short of the NAIA national tournament in 2012 (KIAC Tournament finals) and 2013 (KIAC Tournament semifinals), they were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Poll during both seasons.
Bruno is one of the top active coaches in NAIA volleyball as he ranks 15th in the nation in career wins among active coaches (Entering the 2015 season). The Pioneers have averaged 25 wins per season during his 10 nine years including three 30-win seasons and a program record 36 victories (36-6) in 2011.
Point Park broke through to the national stage for the first time in 2011 as AMC champions and NAIA National Championship Opening Round qualifiers. It was the first conference championship and first NAIA appearance in the history of the program, which began in 1991.
The Pioneers missed a chance at a return trip to NAIAs in 2012 (30-10) as KIAC Tournament finalists, but they still gained the first NAIA Top 25 national ranking in program history and reached as high as No. 24 late in the year.
The 2013 season had the Pioneers go 21-19 after losing 10 seniors from the year before. Still, Point Park reached the semifinals of the KIAC Tournament in what was a rebuilding year, and they were ranked No. 22 in NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll.
With the 2011 success of the Pioneers, Bruno was named American Volleyball Coaches Association NAIA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2011. He was also the AMC Coach of the Year in 2011. In his 13 years as a volleyball coach, he has been named Conference Coach of the Year five times.
Bruno is the all-time leader in victories for the Point Park volleyball program with a record of 220-127 in nine seasons coaching the Pioneers. Bruno has led the Pioneers to the conference playoffs six of the last seven years.
The Pioneers have become yearly conference contenders as they have played in their conference tournament semifinals or finals in five of the last six years (2009-14) with three trips to the conference finals (two championships in 2011 and 2014) in that span.
In the three years prior to Bruno's arrival at Point Park, the Pioneers was 0-18 in each of those seasons. Two years later, Bruno started the Pioneers on their streak of making the playoffs in five of six seasons.
In 2006, his second season at Point Park, he was chosen Coach of the Year for the American Mideast Conference North Division after leading the Pioneers to the first AMC tournament appearance in school history. In 2007, he became the program's all-time career wins leader.
Also a coach to cultivate outstanding achievement academically, Bruno's squad as earned the AVCA Academic Team Award in 2011 and 2012 with a team grade-point average above 3.30.
Starting in 2008, Bruno created Point Park's Gold Team, which serves as a developmental team to the Pioneers' varsity squad. The Gold Team has provided an opportunity for underclassman to develop skills in live-game action.
Prior to coming to Point Park, Bruno spent five years as head coach at NCAA Division III member Waynesburg University, where we had a record of 116-58 (.666). Bruno was chosen Coach of the Year in the President's Athletic Confernece in 2003 and 2004 while leading the Yellow Jackets to consecutive conference championships. He was also Coach of the Year in 2000, his first season at Waynesburg.
His 2003 Waynesburg team went 36-5 overall and 10-0 in the PAC, and won 28 matches in a row. That year, Bruno led the Yellow Jackets to the ECAC Division III South Region championship game. In 2002, Bruno's squad went 24-11 and reached the PAC title game.
While at Waynesburg, Bruno was instrumental in developing conference Players of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In all, Bruno coached seven all-conference players at Waynesburg, and had at least two players selected in each of his five years.
Bruno was an assistant coach at California (Pa.) for two years from 1998-99.
Bruno serves as the director of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Volleyball Club, which he has built into one of the strongest club volleyball organizations in Western Pennsylvania.
His volleyball playing experience includes action with the USA Volleyball organization since 1995, and his team placed third in its division of the Ohio Valley Region in 2003.
A graduate of Robert Morris, Bruno was a two-time all-conference performer in cross country and he received his bachelor's degree in sports management in 1990. The Apollo native graduated from Kiski Area High School in 1986.
Bruno and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Cecil, Pa., with their daughters Carly and Cassie.
To get to know coach Bruno and his family, watch the video below, which documents the "Volley for Vision" program that was started by Point Park volleyball. Volley for Vision raises money and awareness for ROPARD, the leading organization for blindness in children:
BRUNO’S COACHING RESUME
|2014||27-16||8-2||KIAC Tournament Champions, NAIA Opening Round|
|2013||21-19||8-3||KIAC Tournament Semifinals, NAIA Top 25 (No. 22 Preseason)|
|2012||30-10||9-1||KIAC Tournament Finals, NAIA Top 25 (No. 24)|
|2011||36-6||9-1||AMC Tournament Champs, NAIA National Tournament App.
AMC Coach of the Year, Northeast Reg. Coach of the Year
|2010||29-10||7-3||AMC Tournament First Round|
|2009||32-8||8-4||AMC Tournament Finals|
|2006||13-20||6-8||AMC Tournament, AMC North Coach of the Year|
|2004||20-16||9-1||PAC Tournament champions, PAC Coach of the Year|
|2003||36-5||10-0||PAC Tournament champions, PAC Coach of the Year|
|2002||24-11||7-3||Lost in PAC title game|
|2001||14-12||4-4||Second place in PAC|
|2000||22-14||5-3||PAC Coach of the Year|
|Record at Point Park:||247-143 (.633)|
|Record at Waynesburg:||116-58 (.666)|
|Overall Record:||363-201 (.643)|