In 2013-14, Mike Ruane will begin his 14th season as head coach of the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights. Last season, his team posted a 23-10 overall mark and captured both the East Coast Conference regular season and championship tournament titles. The Purple Knights also advanced all the way to the 2013 NCAA Division II East Regional Final. Two years ago, UB posted a 19-10 overall record and advanced to the East Coast Conference Tournament Championship final. Coach Ruane, the 2011 ECC Coach of the Year, has guided his team to eight 20-win seasons in the last 10 years and seven NCAA bids that same span. In 201-11, UB posted a 19-9 record and captured the East Coast Conference regular season title. In 2009-10, his team posted a 23-9 record and advanced to the NCAA East Regional after winning the schools first-ever East Coast Conference title. Coach Ruane's career record is an impressive 251-140 over his 13 years on the Purple Knights' bench. He earned his 200th career win on January 29, 2011 when the Purple Knights defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, 80-53.
His success is not confined to the court though as Ruane, one of the premier coaches in the Northeast Region, was also honored in 2004 and 2006 with the Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award, given to a program that exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators." In 2002-2003, Ruane has led UB to a record of 23-8, an NCAA appearance, and UB's best record since the 1992-1993 season and was named the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Coach of the Year.
In 2005 Ruane was named the Bridgeport Sportsperson of the Year for his contributions to the Bridgeport community. He is credited as the Bridgeport native who had the “most positive impact on the sports community” for the year.
Mike, a 1992 graduate of Alverina College, and his wonderful wife, Tina, currently reside in Stratford, CT.