Kim Bruno enters her first season as director of tennis and fourth overall at NAU as the head women’s tennis coach. As director of tennis, she will oversee both the men’s and women’s programs.
Bruno led the Lumberjack women to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference and to their third-straight appearance in the Big Sky Championship final this past spring. In the past three years, Bruno has amassed an overall record of 37-28 with a 17-4 mark in the conference. In 2008, she led the women’s team to their best finish since the 2002 season compiling 15 wins with eight losses.
After four standout years as a student-athlete for the Lumberjacks, Bruno returned to her alma mater in 2005 and has since led NAU to a third-place finish in the regular-season standings in 2006 and a runner-up finish in the conference in 2007 and 2008.
In her second year, Bruno coached the Lumberjack women to a 12-10 overall record finishing 6-1 in conference play. The women advanced to the conference tournament championship finals. The 12-win season was another improvement as Bruno has increased the Lumberjack win total in each of her first three seasons. She totaled 10 overall wins in 2006, 12 in 2007 and 15 in 2008.
In 2008, Bruno tutored four Lumberjacks to all-conference honors equaling the 2007 total when she landed four all-conference performers. In all, Bruno has 11 All-Big Sky selections with three coming in her inaugural year of 2006. In that first season, Bruno was named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Prior to Flagstaff, Bruno spent two years at the University of Connecticut as the men’s and women’s graduate assistant tennis coach. There, she served as the only assistant to head coach Glenn Marshall.
Bruno is no stranger to NAU, having been a standout tennis player for the Lumberjacks from 1996-2000. She helped lead the Lumberjacks to their first Big Sky Conference Tournament title as a freshman, and then twice more as a sophomore and junior, marking the only three consecutive conference titles for the team in the history of the program.
Bruno also led the team to the program’s only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. This past fall, the 1999 women's tennis team was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame.
In her senior year, the Lumberjacks were defeated in the Big Sky Championship finals, making Bruno and her fellow seniors the only class to reach the finals four years in a row. Bruno posted an overall record that year of 18-15.
Bruno was a three-time All-Big Sky second team selection, and was named to the All-Big Sky first team and All-Academic team as a senior year. While at NAU, Bruno was also awarded the SkyJacks Scholarship given to one athlete a year for outstanding academic and athletic performance. After graduation from Northern Arizona, Bruno traveled and held jobs as a ski instructor and whitewater rafting guide at Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and later as a tennis pro for Club Med in the Bahamas.
In 2002 she was hired as the assistant women's tennis coach at Dartmouth College, where her responsibilities included individual lessons, recruiting, travel scheduling, and setting up tournaments. Bruno's other coaching experience includes teaching tennis at country clubs during the summers for nine years, including one summer spent here in Flagstaff teaching tennis at Forest Highlands Country Club.
The Chicago, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Northern Arizona in 2000, and a master's degree in sports management from Connecticut in 2005.