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Seven-year Western Oregon women's basketball coach Greg Bruce, right, has announced that he will retire after compiling a 56-138 overall record at WOU.
April 03, 2013
MONMOUTH -- After 22 seasons as a head coach of women's college basketball, Greg Bruce is hanging it up.
The seven-year Western Oregon University coach announced his retirement Tuesday, effective June 30.
"After much thought and discussion with my family, I've decided to retire from coaching," Bruce said in a WOU press release.
Bruce, who totaled 45 years of coaching the game in both high school and college, was forced to take a medical leave of absence during the 2012-13 season that caused him to miss 13 contests.
The Wolves didn't fare so well without him, winning just three games en route to a 8-20 overall record and a last place, 3-15 Great Northwest Athletic Conference finish.
Bruce compiled a 56-138 overall record at WOU and a 33-87 mark in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
He took over a WOU program in 2006-07 that had gone winless a season before, leading the Wolves to three wins that season.
Bruce's best season at WOU came in 2010-11, when the Wolves finished 11-19 and 6-10 in the GNAC.
Prior to WOU, Bruce served as the head women's coach at Fort Lewis College (2004-05), Cal State Bakersfield (2000-01), Northern Colorado (1998-2000) and Portland State (1986-1996), where he still holds the career record for wins (199) and winning percentage (.691).
He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2002.
"The game of basketball has been very good to me over the past 45 seasons," Bruce added. "I've been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many remarkable student athletes."
Jon Carey, WOU's interim athletic director, said a national search for Bruce's replacement will begin immediately.