Mike Ruane
Mike Ruane
Title: Head Men's Basketball & Cross Country Coach
Phone: 203-576-4721
Email: mruane@bridgeport.edu

Mike Ruane enters his nineteenth season at the University of Bridgeport as the Purple Knights'  Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach in 2018-19.

Hired in April 2000 and taking over a program that had won a combined seven games in the prior three seasons (1999-2000: 2-24, 1998-99 3-23, 1997-98), Ruane has led the Purple Knights to an overall record of 351 wins and 181 losses, for a .659 winning percentage. This ranks him in the top 40 for NCAA Division II active coaches in both winning percentage and total wins. The 351 wins ranks him #1 in total wins in East Coast Conference history.

In his 18 seasons, Ruane has led Bridgeport to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (most for a coach in ECC/NYCAC history), four ECC Tournament Championships, four ECC Regular Season Championships, two NCAA Regional Semi-Final appearances, and one NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

Ruane has also been named ECC Coach of the year four times, ECAC Division 2 Coach of the Year, Fairfield County “Sports Person of the Year” for Bridgeport, and received the Sam Schoenfeld Award for Sportsmanship as presented by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association twice.

Prior to his appointment at UB, Ruane spent two seasons under legendary and Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Herb Magee at Jefferson University (formally Philadelphia University and Philadelphia Textile). He also was an assistant at NJIT and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Ruane obtained his M.ED in Sports and Athletic Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree majoring in Social Work, from Alvernia University.  While at Alvernia, Ruane played Basketball, Baseball, and ran Cross Country. 

Ruane Year by Year at Bridgeport

Year                       Record                  Post Season Play  

2001                       9-18                       NYCAC 1st round

2002                       14-14                     NYCAC Semi-Finalists

2003                       23-8                       NYCAC Semi-Finalists, NCAA Regional Semi-Finalists

2004                       20-9                       NYCAC 1st round, NCAA Regionals

2005                       21-9                       NYCAC 1st round, ECAC Division 2 Tournament Champions

2006                       23-11                     NYCAC Finalists, NCAA Regionals

2007                       22-9                       ECC Tournament Semi-Finalists, NCAA Regional Semi-Finalists

2008                       13-15                     ECC Tournament 1st round

2009                       22-9                       ECC Tournament Finalists, NCAA Regionals

2010                       23-9                       ECC Regular Season & Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals

2011                       19-9                       ECC Tournament Finalists

2012                       19-10                     ECC Tournament Finalists

2013                       23-10                     ECC Regular Season & Tournament Champions, NCAA Sweet Sixteen

2014                       19-10                     ECC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals

2015                       24-7                       ECC Regular Season & Tournament Champions, NCAA Regionals

2016                       15-14                     ECC Tournament 1st round

2017                       18-12                     ECC Tournament Semi-Finalists

2018                       25-6                       ECC Tournament Finalists, NCAA Regionals