Bruiser Flint

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Bruiser Flint
Bruiser Flint Jan 20 2001.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Drexel
Record 228–173 (.569)
Biographical details
Born (1965-07-23) July 23, 1965 (age 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Playing career
1983–1987 Saint Joseph's
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Coppin State (asst.)
UMass (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 314–245 (.562)
Accomplishments and honors
CAA Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2009, 2012)
NABC District Coach of the Year (1998, 2007, 2009, 2012)

James "Bruiser" Flint (born July 23, 1965) is an American men's basketball coach. He is currently the head coach at Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was born.

Collegiate playing career

Flint is a 1987 graduate of Saint Joseph's University. While attending St. Joe's, Flint was a member of the school's varsity basketball team. Flint was named to the all-Atlantic 10 team as a senior, and was inducted into the St. Joe's athletic hall of fame in 1988.

Early coaching career

In 1987, Flint became an assistant coach at Coppin State University. Two years later, Flint became an assistant coach under John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (or UMass). After Calipari left UMass for the NBA in 1996, Flint was named his successor, becoming the school's 17th head coach. While coach of the Minutemen, Flint compiled an overall record of 86–72, including a 52–28 in-conference record. He won an NABC District Coach of the Year award in 1998.1 Facing pressure after being unable to maintain the Minutemen's level of success that they enjoyed under Calipari, Flint resigned from UMass after the 2000–01 season.2

Later coaching career

Flint became the head coach at Drexel on April 5, 2001, succeeding Steve Seymour, who had been fired that March after failing to make the NCAA Tournament in either of his two seasons as head coach. Flint's hiring at Drexel coincided with Drexel's move from the America East Conference, where the school had enjoyed a sustained level of success under former head coach Bill Herrion, to the Colonial Athletic Association (or CAA).3

During his tenure at Drexel, Flint has been named CAA coach of the year four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2012).4 He also won an NABC District Coach of the Year award three times (2007, 2009, 2012).5 Under Flint, Drexel has made five NIT appearances. In 2012, the school won its first CAA Regular Season Championship in 2012, but lost to VCU in the finals of the Conference Tournament. On Selection Sunday, Drexel narrowly missed an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.6

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UMass (Atlantic Ten Conference) (1996–2001)
1996–1997 UMass 19–14 11–5 3rd (East) NCAA First Round
1997–1998 UMass 21–11 12–4 T–2nd (East) NCAA First Round
1998–1999 UMass 14–16 9–7 3rd (East)
1999–2000 UMass 17–16 9–7 3rd (East) NIT First Round
2000–2001 UMass 15–15 11–5 4th
UMass: 86–72 (.544) 52–28 (.650)
Drexel (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–present)
2001–2002 Drexel 14–14 11–7 T–3rd
2002–2003 Drexel 19–12 12–6 T–2nd NIT Opening Round
2003–2004 Drexel 18–11 13–5 2nd NIT First Round
2004–2005 Drexel 17–12 12–6 T–4th NIT Opening Round
2005–2006 Drexel 15–16 8–10 T–7th
2006–2007 Drexel 23–9 13–5 4th NIT First Round
2007–2008 Drexel 12–20 5–13 10th
2008–2009 Drexel 15–14 10–8 6th
2009–2010 Drexel 16–16 11–7 6th
2010–2011 Drexel 21–10 11–7 5th
2011–2012 Drexel 29–7 16–2 1st NIT Quarterfinals
2012–2013 Drexel 13–18 9–9 7th
2013–2014 Drexel 16–14 8–8 4th
2014–2015 Drexel
Drexel: 228–173 (.569) 138–93 (.597)
Total: 314–245 (.562)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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