Carmen Bruce enters her third season on the Pitt bench where she serves as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. This will be her eighth season alongside head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio.
When Bruce arrived at Pitt, the program was coming off back-to-back winless seasons in Big East conference play. In the two years since her arrival, the Panthers have become national contenders. After an 11-20 record in Bruce’s first season at Pitt, the team finished with a mark of 20-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. Before coming to Pitt, Bruce spent five seasons as an assistant coach at neighboring Duquesne University, her alma mater. While a player for the Dukes, she scored 921 points - ninth all-time in program history - and added 290 assists in two seasons (2005-2007).
Prior to transferring to Duquesne, Bruce was a two-year starter at Georgetown. She averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds, which included 16 games in double figures over her two seasons in Washington, D.C.
A local high school standout, Bruce played at Schenley High School where she helped lead the Spartans to an 84-30 record and three City League Championships. She netted 2,175 points, just the second player to tally over 2,000 points in City League history.
Bruce shot 51 percent from the field and over 40 percent from three-point range over her scholastic career, earning the 2002Pittsburgh Post-GazetteFemale Athlete of the Year honor and aPittsburgh Tribune-ReviewTerrific 10 nod. Bruce also picked up All-State second team accolades.
She also excelled in track and field, winning three-straight City League titles in the shot put and discus. Bruce captured the PA State crown in the shot put as a sophomore.
Bruce is the daughter of Kirk and Marleen Bruce, both graduates of the University of Pittsburgh. Kirk was a standout guard at Pitt from 1971-75 and was drafted by the Utah Stars of the former American Basketball Association (ABA). He returned to his alma mater, serving as the head coach for the women's team from 1985-98. Kirk currently serves as an associate athletic director, overseeing the administration and day-to-day operations of several Olympic sports.
Bruce graduated from Duquesne in 2007 with dual major of sports marketing and supply chain management. She received her MBA from Duquesne in 2009. Carmen has two sisters: Chelsea and Courteney. Courteney is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.