Kirk Bruce joined the University of Pittsburgh athletic department in 1998 in administration, but his association with the University goes back much further.
In his current capacity, Bruce is an Associate Athletic Director and Facility manager for Trees Pool and Pitt’s game day facility manager at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center. He is also the event manager for women’s soccer, tennis and softball.
Previous duties as Associate Athletic Director for Sport Administration included overseeing the day to day operations of women’s soccer, tennis, cross country/track & field, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and gymnastics.
During his time as sport administrator many of the sports he worked with enjoyed their most successful seasons including (2) Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 2012 and 2013, (4) BIG EAST Swimming Championships (99, 2002, 2003, 2004, (4) BIG EAST Track Championships in 1999, 2005 (indoor and outdoor) and 2006 (1) ECAC Championship in , and Pitt’s first national ranking in tennis.
Prior to his arrival at Pitt, Bruce was an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris College and the head boys basketball coach at Clairton High School for 7 years earning a WPIAL championship in boys basketball in 1978 and coached in the feature game of the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic in 1980.
Bruce previously served as the Panther’s head women’s basketball coach for 13 years from 1985-1998. His coaching career was highlighted by the 1992-93 season in which the Panthers produced their first 20-win season (21-10) and finished third in the Women’s NIT. Bruce coached numerous BIG EAST All-Conference players and two Kodak All-American honorable mention players in Jonna Huemrich Burke and Lorri Johnson who is the leading scorer at Pitt male or female.
A 1971 graduate of Pittsburgh City League basketball at South Hills High School, where Bruce was a 1st team All City performer. At Pitt he was a standout starting guard from 1972-1975. Bruce was a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Elite 8 NCAA team in 1974. In 1975 he was named the Collegiate Tri-State Player of the Year, District 1 Player of the Year, and 1st team All-ECAC South and team captain and MVP. He was a draft choice of the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1975. Bruce earned his college degree in the School of Education in 1976.
Kirk has been very active on various BIG EAST, ACC and university committees and has been the recipient of many professional and community awards including the Oppenheimer Funds BIG EAST Coach’s Achievement Award, EAGL Gymnastics Administrator of the Year, Pitt Letterman of Distinction, New Pittsburgh Courier (50 Men of Excellence), Connie Hawkins Summer League 30 Best in 30 Years, Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame Coach, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Pittsburgh City League Hall of Fame and the South Hills High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
A Pittsburgh, Pa., native, Bruce and his wife Marleen have three daughters, Chelsea Bruce McCrommon, Carmen Bruce and Courteney Bruce.
Beyond the Bio
Favorite place on the University of Pittsburgh Campus?
The Mary Schenley Fountain near the Frick Fine Arts Building. It is a very peaceful and historical site where we would meet as kids before the Pirates played at old Forbes Field.
What one thing everyone should do when they visit the city of Pittsburgh?
Rent a bike and take a ride along the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail in and around Pittsburgh. Not only is it great exercise, but you get a up close look at our beautiful city along the 3 rivers!
Favorite Sports moment at Pitt
This moment did not happen at Pitt but involved a Pitt student-athlete in 2005. Jim Negrych’s 2 run, 400 ft. –plus walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give Pitt a dramatic 3-2 win over Boston College. That win sent Pitt to the Championship game of the BIG EAST Conference vs. Notre Dame.
Favorite Pittsburgh Restaurant?
Meat and Potatoes in the heart of the cultural district. Great atmosphere and the food is delicious. Doggie bag is a must!
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