Kim Bruno enters her tenth season at NAU as the head women’s tennis coach. She recently served as the director of tennis and oversaw both Lumberjack tennis programs for five years from 2008-13.
Last season, Bruno once again led the Lumberjacks to the Big Sky Championships, finishing third in the conference. The Lumberjacks ended the 2014 season with a 9-15 overall record and an impressive 8-2 record in the conference. NAU played their best tennis during conference play as the women picked up eight wins in the Big Sky, four at home and four on the road. Their most memorable win this season was on Senior Day against Sacramento State. For 13 years, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team has had some painful losses at the hand of Sacramento State. Well for the first time since 2001, the Lumberjacks were able to defeat the Hornets 6-1 and Bruno was able to earn her first win ever against Sacramento State. The women ended the season on a four-match winning streak in conference and a second place finish in the Big Sky. Junior Johanna Vang was named First Team All-Big Sky after her stellar performance at the No. 1 position this year for the Lumberjacks. Vang led the team in wins this season in singles with 12 and was tied for fourth in the conference with eight wins in the Big Sky on the No. 1 court. Vang was second in the Big Sky with the most wins at the No. 1 position in conference matches. Earning All-Big Sky Honorable Mention was freshman Hailey Rochin after an impressive freshman campaign being tied for second on the team in singles wins with 10, playing her best tennis when it mattered most, during conference play. On the No. 4 court, Rochin went 8-5 and played stellar in the Big Sky with a 7-3 record in singles play.
In 2013, Bruno led the Lumberjack women to one of their finest seasons in program history. The women's team finished the 2013 season 17-10 overall, 8-2 in the Big Sky, and reached the conference semifinals. The 17 victories tied for the second-highest single season win total in program history and was the most the team had posted since 2002. Over the course of the season, Bruno's women's team posted an eight-match win streak, the second longest win streak in school history. Records fell across the board as Bruno coached all six of her starters to all-conference honors, the most in program history. The Lumberjacks led the Big Sky in team singles wins (93) and doubles wins (55) with the 55 doubles wins setting a new single-season high while the 93 singles wins were two shy of equaling the school record. Seniors Alice Pacaut and Malia Wahinepio led the Big Sky with a 20-3 doubles record and broke the school record for doubles victories by a tandem in school history while senior Nicole Perez led the conference with a 19-8 singles record tying the school's single season school record win total. If the on-court accolades wasn't enough, the Lumberjack women was recognized by the NCAA with the APR Public Recognition Award for posting perfect single-year APR scores each of the previous four years. On the men's side, Bruno continued the tutelage of Dominic Bermudez, who garnered his second All-Big Sky honor as he was voted Honorable Mention.
In 2012, Bruno guided the women's team to their seventh consecutive Big Sky Championship appearance despite a lineup that featured four new starters, including two freshmen. The women's team also posted their seventh consecutive double-digit win season, finishing 10-13 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Lumberjack women, who dropped a tight 4-2 match to Montana in the Big Sky Championship semifinal, placed four players, three of whom were honored for the first time of their careers, on the All-Conference teams. They also received the ITA All-Academic Team award showcasing their excellence in the classroom in addition to on the court. Bruno also assisted with the growth of Bermudez, who posted a career-year on the men's team in his second season at NAU. Bermudez, a 2011 All-Big Sky second team selection, led the Lumberjack men through a 6-16 season and a 2-6 conference record.
During the 2011 season, Bruno led both of the NAU tennis programs to the finals of the Big Sky Championship for the second straight season. The women's team finished the season with a 13-11 overall record and a 7-1 conference record. To reach their sixth consecutive Big Sky final, the Lumberjack women outlasted Montana in the semifinal round, 4-3 in a match that lasted over five hours. For the second straight season, the women's team placed a school record-tying five players on the All-Big Sky team including Edit Suhajda, who became the second player in program history to earn four All-Big Sky first team selections. The men's team went 9-12 overall and 6-2 in the conference in 2011. The Lumberjack men had three All-Big Sky selections for the second straight year with Hugo Ramadier, David Flodberg and Robin Pezzutto earning all-conference honors.
In 2010, both NAU tennis programs reached the finals of the Big Sky Championship. The Lumberjack women went 13-7 overall, losing just one regular season Big Sky match and placing a school record-tying five players on the All-Big Sky team. NAU's men's tennis team went 13-9 in 2010 and recorded their most wins since 2000, including a 6-1 victory over Sacramento State that ended the Hornet's 24-match conference winning streak. Andrew Reiff, Hugo Ramadier, and David Flodberg represented the Lumberjack's on the All-Big Sky team.
In 2009, the NAU women's team returned to the Big Sky Championship match but fell one win short of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year. The women finished the season 13-10 overall and 6-2 in conference play, placing third in the Big Sky regular season standings. The NAU men went 7-18 in 2009 but were 5-3 in the Big Sky, advancing to the conference tournament quarterfinals in Bruno's first season as head of the men's squad.
In the past six years, Bruno has amassed an overall record of 76-56 with a 37-8 mark in conference play with the women's team. In 2008, she led the women to their best finish since the 2002 season, compiling 15 wins with eight losses and a second-place finish in conference.
After four standout years as a student-athlete for the Lumberjacks, Bruno returned to her alma mater in 2005 and has since led NAU to a third-place finish in the regular-season standings in 2006 and runner-up finishes in the conference in 2007 and 2008. Prior to Bruno arriving in Flagstaff, the Lumberjacks had finished below .500 three years in a row.
In her first season, Bruno guided NAU to a 10-10 overall record and a 4-2 mark in league play. In her second year, Bruno coached the Lumberjack women to a 12-10 overall record finishing 6-1 in conference play and the women advanced to the conference tournament championship final for the first time since 2004. The 12-win season was another improvement with Bruno increasing the Lumberjack win total in each of her first three seasons. She totaled 10 overall wins in 2006, 12 in 2007 and 15 in 2008.
Under Bruno's tutelage, a number of Lumberjacks have received individual accolades to go along with the team's accomplishments. In all, Bruno has 34 All-Big Sky selections, with three coming in her inaugural year of 2006. In that first season, Bruno was named the Big Sky Conference Women's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Bruno has also directed the tennis teams to success on and off the court. In the last six years, 39 women's players have earned the Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award for academic excellence, while 13 men's players have earned the honor in her three years as Director of Tennis. 11 women's players and one men's player have also been selected Big Sky All-Academic.
Bruno is no stranger to NAU having been a standout tennis player for the Lumberjacks from 1996-2000. She helped lead the Lumberjacks to their first Big Sky Conference tournament title as a freshman, and then twice more as a sophomore and junior, marking the only three consecutive conference titles for the team in the history of the program.
Bruno also led the team to the program's only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. In 2009, the 1999 women's tennis team was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame.
In her senior year, the Lumberjacks were defeated in the Big Sky Championship finals, making Bruno and her fellow seniors the only class to reach the finals four years in a row. She posted an overall record that year of 18-15.
Bruno was a three-time All-Big Sky second team selection, and was named to the All-Big Sky first-team and All-Academic team as a senior year. While at NAU, Bruno was also awarded the SkyJacks Scholarship given to one athlete a year for outstanding academic and athletic performance. After graduation from Northern Arizona, Bruno traveled and held jobs as a ski instructor and whitewater rafting guide at Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and later as a tennis pro for Club Med in the Bahamas.
In 2002 she was hired as the assistant women's tennis coach at Dartmouth College, where her responsibilities included individual lessons, recruiting, travel scheduling, and setting up tournaments. Bruno then spent two years at the University of Connecticut as the men's and women's graduate assistant tennis coach. At Connecticut she served as the only assistant to head coach Glenn Marshall.
Bruno's other coaching experience includes teaching tennis at country clubs during the summers for nine years, including one summer spent in Flagstaff teaching tennis at Forest Highlands Country Club.
The Chicago, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Northern Arizona in 2000 and a master's degree in sports management from Connecticut in 2005.