2017 Volleyball Coaches
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Mike Bruno

Head Coach 13th season

Bio

Record at Point Park (12 Years): 284-182 (.609)
Career Record (17 Years): 400-240 (.625)
Alma mater: Robert Morris ('90)

Point Park All-Time Wins Leader (2007)
American Volleyball Coaches Association 400-Win Club Member (2016)

2016 RSC Coach of the Year
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, who ranks 15th among active NAIA volleyball head coaches with 400 career wins, is in his 13th year as Point Park volleyball head coach in 2017. In his 12 previous season at Point Park, he has led the Pioneers to 284 wins, which is average of 24 wins per year. 

Family is at the center of coach Bruno's outlook toward life and to the Pioneers' volleyball program. Bruno is the proud father of two daughters, Carly and Cassie, and he is happily married to wife Jennifer.

The Bruno family has been involved in charitable causes and the special needs community for many years. The Team Cassie Foundation is a part of the Pittsburgh Foundation and seeks to enrich the lives of special needs children and families in the Pittsburgh area. It is named in honor of the Bruno's youngest daughter Cassie, who is blind and autistic. Cassie has been an inspiration to many with her perserverance through challenges.

Coach Bruno has raised awareness and money for the special needs community in many ways. Most recently, he made ESPN's Top 10 Plays on May 10, 2017 after guiding daughter Cassie on the Pittsburgh Kids of Steel Marathon. It was the latest effort in bringing awareness and inclusion to those with special needs.

Bruno brought attention to special needs several times during his running of the Pittsburgh Marathon. He ran the 2013 and 2014 marathons completely blindfolded for the entire 26.2 miles, and he pushed daughter Cassie in a stroller for the 2016 marathon.He is also the creator of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Team Cassie 5K and the annual Volley for Vision match hosted by Point Park volleyball.

A big part of Bruno's coaching philosophy is to bring a family atmosphere to the program. It has led the Pioneers to great success and created a culture of pride and inclusion for alums, current players and future recruits. 

Bruno is in his 18th year overall as a collegiate volleyball head coach. He was hired before the 2005 season, and he has elevated the program to its current state of success. The Pioneers have reached the NAIA National Champioship Opening four times in the last six years, including the last three years in a row. Point Park has reached the national tourney in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Bruno has built Point Park into a yearly conference contender and has established Pioneers volleyball on the NAIA scence. He is the all-time career wins leader in the history of the program, a distinction that he reached during the 2007 season. 

During the last eight years, the Pioneers have won two conference tournament championships (2011 AMC, 2014 KIAC) and played in the conference tournament finals three other times (2009 AMC, 2013 KIAC, 2015 KIAC). 

The Pioneers reached the 2016 NAIA National Championship Opening Round as RSC regular-season champs. That was after Point Park completed an impressive run through the conference with a 15-1 RSC record during the regular season. It was the third year in a row and the fourth time overall the Pioneers made NAIA nationals. They finished the year 20-15 overall.

Point Park reached the NAIA national tournament in 2015 as the KIAC Tournament runner-up. It was a strong run in the conference tournament that earned the Pioneers the NAIA bid.

Point Park won the 2014 KIAC Tournament, which was held on the Pioneers home floor. Point Park won the tournament as the No. 3 seed to earn another bid to nationals. 

Point Park joined the KIAC (now called the RSC) in 2012. The first two years in the new conference had the Pioneers reach the 2012 KIAC finals and the 2013 KIAC semifinals. Although they came up short in the postseason, they were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 both years. 

Bruno led the Pioneers to their first-ever NAIA national tournament in 2011. Point Park had its most wins ever with a final record of 36-6, and it won the AMC Tournament championship.

Bruno has three 30-win seasons on his Point Park resume. The 2009 team was 32-8, the 2011 team was 36-6 and the 2012 team was 30-10. Other strong records were 25-14 in 2007, 29-10 in 2010 and 27-16 in 2014. 

In 2006, his second season at Point Park, he was chosen AMC North Division Coach of the Year 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. 

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 President's Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004 while leading the Yellow Jackets to two consecutive conference championships. He was also PAC 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. 

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.

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Bridget Bielich

Assistant Coach 3rd season