Ohio Women's Basketball coach adds Youngstown State assistants Tavares Jackson and Kate Schrader to staff
Kate Bruce begins her second season as an assistant coach on Bob Boldon's Ohio University women's basketball staff in 2014-15.
A player of legend at Florida Gulf Coast, Bruce was reunited with Boldon at Youngstown State following his days as an assistant with FGCU. Behind a motion offense that was geared towards shooting open three-pointers and driving for layups, Bruce helped Boldon develop YSU into one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League.
"Kate has a tremendous basketball mind," said Boldon. "She really understands the game, especially offensively. She has also become better at recruiting every single year she has done it and really brings a lot of energy to the staff."
Following two very strong seasons on the court for FGCU, Bruce spent the next two years on the other side of the ball, serving as a graduate assistant in 2008-09 and as an assistant coach with Boldon in 2009-10. In Bruce's two years on the FGCU staff, the Eagles went 50-12 in just their second and third seasons at the Division I level.
In 2009-10, FGCU went 24-7 and earned invitations to compete in both the preseason and postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The Eagles were 17-3 in the Atlantic Sun and went a perfect 14-0 in home contests.
As a student-athlete, Bruce led FGCU to a combined two-year record of 63-3. She was a First-Team Division II All-America selection her senior year when she led the Eagles to an appearance in the National Championship Game. She finished second in the nation in field goal percentage (.628), and she led FGCU in free-throw percentage (.809), rebounds (5.5 per game) and points (17.4 per game). She was a Division II Honorable-Mention All-America honoree as a junior in 2006. Despite playing only two seasons at FGCU, she is the school's all-time leader in points, field goals made, free-throws made, free-throws attempted and free-throw percentage.
Bruce went on to play professionally in Holland for the Perik Jumpers.
Prior to her days at Florida Gulf Coast, Bruce played two seasons at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz. A native of Fort Collins, Colo., she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast in 2007 and her master's in Organizational Communication from Ohio University in 2016. She and her husband, Jesse, married in May of 2014 and they have a daughter, Brenna Lynn, born in 2016.