Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camp at Lake Forest Academy
Expert Instruction. Proper Discipline.
Loving the Game.
Since 1980, Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camp has helped over 84,000 female athletes improve their game and confidence. Join this all-star coach line-up in summer 2023 in Lake Forest, IL at Lake Forest Academy, and focus on development techniques, self-discipline, and gameplay tactics through personalized basketball intensive instruction.
Fundamentals Camp: This camp offers an opportunity for athletes of all abilities to participate in an exciting week of basketball training and game participation.
- Daily basketball activity, drills, and demonstrations from the Doug Bruno Staff
- A college prep experience: dorm life, responsibility, cultivation of communication
- Receive two Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camp t-shirts, a basketball, and other prizes!
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Camp Director Doug Bruno
Coach Bruno is a pioneer and crusader for women’s basketball at all levels, and is entering his 34th season as the head of the DePaul University program for 2019-20. As an assistant coach for the USA Women's Basketball National Team since 2009, Bruno has helped lead the USA to its fifth and sixth straight golds in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In summer 2020, Coach Bruno will be stepping off the court, making way for onsite Director Beth "Spider" Roti who will be at camp each day. While Coach Bruno will still be an integral part of the camp, making an appearance at each session, his main focus will be overseeing the development and quality of the camp curriculum. Bruno was recently named one of the 12 finalists for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.View Doug's Bio ⟩
His passion for basketball comes from the love of the game, the love of teaching and his desire to give back to young players by sparking passion in them at an early age. Winning more than 825 games as a head coach, Bruno has had 22 NCAA appearances. Under his leadership, DePaul is one of only 5 schools to appear in 15 straight NCAA Tournaments. Over the years, Coach Bruno has also been honored with several recognitions and awards including induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, as well as being named the 2006 and 2007 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year and the 2012 London Olympic Gold Medal Assistant Coach. To honor Coach Bruno and his commitment to DePaul University, the University named the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena the Coach Doug Bruno Court.
The Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps
The Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps began in their current form in 1980. Coach Bruno’s passion for basketball comes from his love of the game, his love of teaching the game and his desire to give back to all young players of the game. Through camp, he wants to spark and inspire passion in each camper at an early age. From college athletes to Olympians to the youth he works with, Coach Bruno is a true teacher of the game.
Beyond his role as head coach to DePaul’s Women’s team and the leader of Camp, Coach Bruno has also been an assistant coach for USA Basketball World Championships in 2010 and 2014 receiving a Gold Medal and as the head coach in 2007 of FIBA U19 (Gold Medal recipients), 2006 of FIBA U19 (Gold Medal recipients). The driver of all of these achievements is Bruno’s relentless goal of promoting and growing the game.
Because of this passion, Bruno is recognized throughout the country and the Chicagoland as a leader of women’s college basketball and women’s sports. To honor Coach Bruno and his commitment to DePaul University, the University named the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena the “Doug Bruno Court.” With the naming in November 2011, Bruno became just one of five women’s basketball coaches and three in Division I to have the court or arena named in their honor.
A true leader among his peers, Bruno completed a two-year term as President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in the Summer of 2007 after being selected by his peers at the 2005 Final Four. Prior to becoming just the second male coach to lead the organization, he was the Male Coaches of Women’s Basketball Representative on the Board of Directors. Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls. Bruno is the chairman of the WBCA/State Farm All-American committee while he is also the East Regional representative for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection, represents District I on the WBCA Ethics Committee and is also on the Wade Trophy committee.
In addition to working with players at the youth level at his camps, Bruno also works within the highest professional levels, with USA Basketball and the WNBA. In October of 2014, Bruno was an assistant coach with the USA Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. In August of 2012, Bruno was on the bench as an assistant coach when the USA Women’s National Team captured its fifth consecutive Olympic Gold. Bruno served as assistant coach alongside Jennifer Gillom of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx and Marynell Meadors of the Atlanta Dream. Working together since 2010, the same coaching staff helped to capture gold at the FIBA World Championships in 2010. Bruno has also served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s recent European Exhibition Tour and was a “Court Coach” at the National Team’s Vegas Training Camp in October of 2013.
Leading up to his assignment with the Women’s National team, Bruno served as head coach of the U.S. U18 National Team and led the USA squad to the Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2006. In the Summer of 2007, Bruno and the U.S. team headed to Bratislava, Slovakia, for the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship. He also assists the WNBA’s Chicago Sky as a consultant to the professional franchise.
Bruno has been recognized at all levels of basketball as the only coach to be named USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year twice. He also received the Carol Eckman Award from the WBCA at the 2008 Final Four. The Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose. The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach who is considered the “Mother of the Women’s Collegiate Basketball Championship.”
Returning to DePaul’s Court
In 1988 when Bruno returned to lead the women’s basketball program at his alma mater, he wanted the Blue Demons to become a factor on the national scene. Nearly 25 years later, he has helped the program achieve just that.
Bruno, who was also the Blue Demons’ head coach from 1976-78, has taken DePaul women’s basketball to new heights — during his tenure, the Blue Demons have achieved national status as one of the top women’s programs in the country.
In 2014, the Blue Demons brought nationwide recognition to the sport of women’s basketball with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament.
DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles. A second-round upset of No. 2 seed Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium was Bruno’s 600th collegiate victory.
Since his return in 1988, DePaul has won 533 games, competed at 19 NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet Sixteens (2006, 2011, 2014), made four WNIT appearances, won four five tournament championships and five regular-season titles. Bruno’s squads have also spent numerous weeks in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, including a two-year run from 2004-06 that featured the Blue Demons ranked from start to finish. In each of those seasons, the club was ranked as high No. 10. The Blue Demons reached a program-best No. 7 in the Feb. 21 Poll, while it finished the No. 10 in the final 2010-11 Associated Press Poll.
Bruno and the Blue Demons’ success have also come against some of the best teams the nation has to offer. Since 1988, DePaul has played 195 games against teams that were in the top-25 the week of their game with the Blue Demons. In fact, during the Bruno era, DePaul has posted victories over third-ranked Louisiana Tech (1996-97), sixth-ranked Vanderbilt (1995-96), eighth-ranked Notre Dame (2002-03) and ninth-ranked USC (1992-93) and Florida State (2009-10). In 2010-11 the Blue Demons posted the program’s biggest win with an impressive, 91-71 victory over then-No. 3/2 Stanford at McGrath Arena on Dec. 16, 2010. DePaul followed its historic win over the Cardinal with five more wins over top-25 opponents during the 2010-11 season.
Individually, Bruno registered his 500th career coaching victory when the Blue Demons topped Missouri State Nov. 15, 2010 on the road. He entered the 2013-14 season with an impressive 571 victories – 531 with the Blue Demons and 40 with the Chicago Hustle.
Off the Court Commitment
Off the court, success has also been bountiful. DePaul has boasted 176 student-athletes who have earned mention on conference academic honor rolls.
The WBCA began to recognize team academic success with an Academic Top 25 following the 1997-98 season. Since the poll’s inception, the Blue Demons have been ranked nine times, including a program-best No. 2 finish after the 2012-13 season. In addition to the on-court success for the 2010-11 Blue Demons’, third-highest team grade-point average had the distinction of being the only top-10 program both on the court and in the classroom. DePaul finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
The DePaul women’s basketball team boasted a program-best 3.625 GPA in 2012-13 and was awarded the BIG EAST’s Team Academic Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year for the highest GPA among their league counterparts.
Eight different Blue Demons have represented DePaul on the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team a total of 13 times, while Quigley was named the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of Year in 2005-06 and then again in 2007-08.
DePaul at the NCAA Tournament
Bruno inherited a program in 1988 that played in the previous two Women’s National Invitational Tournaments and vowed to take the Blue Demons to the NCAA Tournament. After another trip to the WNIT in 1989, DePaul broke into the “Big Dance” in 1990 when the Blue Demons defeated Western Kentucky in their first NCAA Tournament contest.
The 1990 season started a string of seven trips in eight seasons to the NCAA Tournament. Three of those appearances saw the Blue Demons reach the second round, including the 1995-96 campaign when DePaul earned a seven seed, then its highest ever.
Over the last 15 seasons, Bruno has led the Blue Demons to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first and second Sweet Sixteen showing in 2006 and again in 2011. DePaul put together one of the top turnarounds in the program’s 30-year history with a 22-10 record in 2002-03 after posting a 15-14 mark the season before. Overall, Bruno has led the women’s basketball program to 22 post-season appearances in the last 25 years.
Leading American All-Stars
Players under the guidance of Bruno have claimed All-Conference mention on 55 occasions while 18 players have been named an All-American by various organizations a total of 34 times.
Following the 2004-05 Conference USA Championship, Bruno was named C-USA Coach of the Year. He selected as Conference USA’s Coach of the Decade by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. He was named the WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05, placing him with seven other coaches on the national coach of the year ballot. Bruno was named the Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994-95 and was honored as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year on 18 occasions.
Coach Bruno has been inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. Bruno as also awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Outstanding Achievement in Education Award by the Sons of Italy
Prior to returning to DePaul in 1988, Bruno spent eight seasons as the associate men’s head coach at Loyola-Chicago under Gene Sullivan. During his stay, the Ramblers won 138 games and posted 17 or more wins in four campaigns, including a pair of 20-win seasons. His tenure at Loyola was highlighted by the 1984-85 squad that went 27-6 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before bowing to eventual national runner-up Georgetown. The Ramblers also captured three Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles during his time at the Chicago school.
Doug spent two seasons as the head coach and director of player personnel for the Chicago Hustle of the Women’s Basketball League (WBL). His first team (1978-79) won the league’s Midwest Division and led the WBL in 11 offensive categories as well as attendance.
Bruno began his coaching career at the high school level. He spent the 1973-74 season as an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Chicago’s Francis Parker High School before becoming the head boy’s varsity coach at St. Vincent DePaul High School during the 1974-75 campaign.
Coach as a Player at DePaul
Doug became a three-year letter winner for DePaul and Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer after playing high school basketball at Archbishop Quigley for the legendary Dick Flaiz. Bruno was a two-year starter at DePaul and led the 1971-72 squad in assists. He received his B.A. in English in 1973, and later returned to earn his M.A., also in English, in 1988.
Doug and his wife, Patty, are the parents of six sons, Bryan, Kevin, David, Brendan, Patrick and Bradley and are the proud grandparents of ten. Bryan and his wife, former DePaul women’s basketball playerStacy Krumrei, are the parents of Jackson, Morgan, Owen and Eden. Kevin and hiswife Sarah are the parents of Brendan, Nora, Declan and Colin while David and hiswife Bethany are the new parents of twin daughters Caroline and Cecilia.
The Bruno’s call the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side home.
Camp Director Beth “Spider” Roti
In Summer of 2020, Coach Roti took over as lead onsite Camp Director, having previously served as Camp Co-Director to Doug Bruno and an integral part of Doug Bruno for over 30 years. Roti is a former standout DePaul player and also served as Head Coach of Kishwaukee Jr. College. On top of that she was a multi-sport star athlete at Kaneland High School and DePaul University.View Beth's Bio ⟩
She earned a four-year basketball scholarship to DePaul University and, as a prolific shooter, helped lead the Lady Blue Demons to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament back in 1990.
Creamean-Roti, an All-State player out of Kaneland High School, is a member of the Knights Athletic Hall of Fame. Following a record setting career as a player at Kaneland, Creamean-Roti became an All-Conference and All-Academic player at DePaul University, helping lead the 1987-88 Blue Demon team to an NIT Championship. A sharp shooting three point specialist, Creamean-Roti was also instrumental in leading the Blue Demons to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearances in 1990 and 1991. Creamean-Roti was inducted into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame with the NIT Championship team in 2009.
Beth Creamean-Roti has acted as the on-site Assistant Teaching Director for the Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps for 30 of the camp’s 40 years. She has assisted Coach Bruno throughout the development of the camp’s teaching curriculum. “It has been a privilege to learn and work alongside Coach Bruno for 30 years,” commented Coach Creamean-Roti. “His desire, passion, and dedication to girls’ basketball is amazing and I am proud to continue his tradition and legacy in the camp. Teaching young athletes the fundamentals of basketball, seeing them improve their skills, and build their self-confidence is what I love about camp. I look so forward to continue the Bruno Camp tradition.”
Fundamentals I: June 27-30
Fundamentals II: July 10-13
Fundamentals III: July 16-19
Check-in: First Day between 10am-11:30am
Closing Ceremony: Last Day between 6:30pm-7pm
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Coach Bruno will be attending each session of camp in some capacity: attending games at night, directing a ball handling drill, critiquing player shooting form, etc. but he will not be at camp each day. Coach Roti will lead all on-court instruction including the full implementation of the Bruno Camp teaching curriculum.
Fundamentals I campers will reside in Atlass Hall dorms and Fundamentals II & III campers will stay in the Ferry Hall dorms and have two campers per room. Roommate assignments are finalized the day prior to the first day of each camp session. If a camper has made a roommate request, it will be accommodated. You will be contacted in advance should we have any questions regarding roommate requests. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Refundable Room Key Deposit: $25 check made payable to Lake Forest Academy
Suggested Spending Money: $30-$50
We have a ratio of eight campers to one staff member during all phases of camp. Ours is a system of constant roll calling, so we always know each camper’s schedule. The Bruno Camp employs a Dorm Mom to supervise our dormitories when your daughter is not in the gym. Our Dorm Mom is on duty and accessible by phone from 2 PM-midnight each day our camp is in session. Campers are supervised 100% of the time by our Doug Bruno Coaching staff, our Dorm Mom, and/or our support staff.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Extended Day Campers receive a full day of basketball instruction, lunch, dinner, competitive games, and optional swim time. Campers should arrive for check in on the first day between 10 AM-11:30 AM and arrive between 8 AM-8:30 AM each day after that. Camp concludes between 7:30 PM-9:30 PM (competitive games), varying by age group.
All meals will be served cafeteria-style in the Reid-Anderson Dining Hall.
BRUNO CAMP NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO SKY
Campers will have the opportunity to attend a 2023 Chicago Sky Game! The cost is TBA per camper/ parent and includes supervised round-trip bus transportation and game ticket. Parents will be able to sign their camper up for tickets on the first day of camp with a Sky representative. Campers and parents that purchase tickets will be seated in a special “Camp Bruno” section for the game with Bruno basketball coaches as chaperons. Transportation is provided. For more information, please visit: Chicago Sky. If you’d like to purchase tickets ahead of time and skip the line, contact Jordan Mendelson: 312-994-5963, [email protected]
A professional athletic trainer is on-site at all times during each week of camp. All medical needs, such as injury treatment, knee and ankle wrapping, will be addressed daily. Campers on medication should register their condition and medication with the trainers on the first day of camp. Should, however, a camper wish to self-administer her medication, she may do so providing this is the prerogative of the camper’s parents. In either case, it is imperative our trainers are aware of all medical conditions and medications.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and other portable electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Camp phones are available to all campers, if necessary, in the gym and in the dorms. The camp staff and dorm mom will have cell phones available for campers’ social use.
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Small gym bag/backpack
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
● Athletic clothing mentioned above
● Comfortable off-court clothing
● Flip flops
● Personal items & medications
● Washcloth and bath towel
● Fan (optional)
● Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter, or sleeping bag
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
DOUG BRUNO BASKETBALL CAMP POLICIES
In addition to the US Sports Camps Company Policies, the following policies are in affect for Doug Bruno Basketball Camps. Upon checking in on the first day of camp, all campers that drove themselves to camp must turn in their car keys to the camp staff for the duration of camp. Campers are also not permitted to leave the camp premises for the duration of the camp. Campers are not permitted to order food to be delivered to campus, for example via delivery, Uber Eats, Grub Hub, etc. while at camp. For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
BASKETBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our basketball camps please see our FAQ page.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15 AM Wake up call
- 7:30 AM Breakfast
- 8:45 AM Campers assemble in gym
- 8:45 AM Bruno Coaching Staff meets players
- 9:00 AM Bruno Coaching Staff reviews: Ball handling, Stationary dribbling, Offensive moves, Cross overs, Cross over pull back, Between the legs, Jump stop behind the back, Wrap around behind the back, and Passing
- 9:45 AM All camp Cut Throat
- 10:15 AM Bruno Coaching Staff teaches: Offensive moves, Triple threat, Pop backs, Shot fake, Jab fake, Footwork, Jump stop, Pivot passing
- 11:45 AM Lunch
- 12:45 PM Coaches demonstration game
- 1:15 PM All camp cutthroat
- 1:45 PM Bruno Coaching Staff teaches: Defensive stance, Footwork, Rebounding
- 2:15 PM Afternoon session games
- 3:15 PM 1st College 5×5 game
- 3:40 PM 2nd College 5×5 game
- 4:05 PM 1st ABL 5×5 game
- 4:30 PM 2nd ABL 5×5 game
- 4:55 PM 1st WNBA 5×5 game
- 5:20 PM 2nd WNBA 5×5 game
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 5:45 PM Evening session games
- 6:00 PM 1st College 5×5 game
- 6:30 PM 2nd College 5×5 game
- 7:00-9:00 PM Optional Swimming
- 7:00 PM College/ABL 3×3 Cut Throat
- 7:25 PM 1st ABL 5×5 game
- 7:55 PM 2nd ABL 5×5 game
- 8:25 PM 1st WNBA 5×5 game
- 8:55 PM 2nd WNBA 5×5 game
- 9:25 PM WNBA 3×3 Cut Throat
- 10:30 PM Bed Check/Lights Out
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She had a blast with all her friends
August 1, 2021: She had a blast with all her friends and she really liked all the coaches. She said she loved playing the games the most. One of her highlights was Beth having the whole camp sing Happy Birthday to Lyla. Thank you Beth, she really appreciated that.
— Terry C., Parent
The quality of instruction and training atmosphere is unmatched
July 23, 2021: Leilah had a great opportunity to experience basketball life away from home, connect with other AAU basketball players, and mature as a person. The quality of instruction and training atmosphere is unmatched and dorm life was great. The Director and dorm leaders were incredible and available. Leilah learned, connected and improved throughout the camp.
— Will C., Parent
She really connected with the coaches
July 19, 2021: Audrey had a wonderful time. She really connected with the coaches and believes her shooting improved at camp. The Lake Forest Academy location was really nice...Thank you!
— Carol C., Parent
she loved it!
July 17, 2021: Sophia enjoyed playing more basketball- 3X3, completions, and of course making new friends. She said everyone was very positive. It was a lot of hard work, but she loved it!
— Ximena L., Parent
Olivia had an amazing time
July 15, 2021: Olivia had an amazing time. She loved her coach Nate and gladly very comfortable working with him. As her mom, I appreciated knowing the coaches were making her feel very comfortable and excited to be there. I also appreciate the coaches feedback that came home in her packet.
— Jeannie P., Parent
she is already saying that she wants to return for one more year
June 23, 2021: This is Ella’s 5th year of attending camp. She absolutely loved it and was so excited to be back after missing last year due to the pandemic. Doug Bruno Camp is such a positive, empowering environment for all girls. They are taught so many skills - basketball, leadership, team playing and more. I thought this might be Ella’s last year at camp, but she is already saying that she wants to return for one more year.
— Cathy P., Parent
Hadley had a FANTASTIC week at camp
June 20, 2021: Hadley had a FANTASTIC week at camp. She really learned a lot of new basketball skills, while becoming more confident in her abilities and strengths and weaknesses. Also she loved the coaches and really enjoyed having their expertise about basketball and positive encouragements. Hadley was certainly pushed with the drills, activities, and amount of practice times, which will give her the push during her upcoming feeder season to go above and beyond. The relationships that formed between her roommates, teammates and coaches will never be forgotten. The Doug Bruno Camp will be recommended for sure and Hadley plans to attend in the future. Thanks for a wonderful and memorable experience.
— Tracy C., Parent
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