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Bryant Bulldogs
Bryant Bulldogs
School Name: Bryant University
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island
Arena: Chace Athletic Center
Capacity: 2,700
Conference: Northeast
Head coach: Tim O'Shea

History

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Bryant University originally competed in the NAIA from 1963 until 1976, becoming a Division II member in 1977. From there they became a charter member of the Northeast-10 Conference. During Bryant's tenure in the NAIA, they competed as an independent, but had success on the basketball court. The most famous sport in the schools history, between the 1966 national championship, and the current success of the team. During the 1966 season the team went undefeated on their way to a championship. During their NAIA years, the university did not sponsor that many sports, but was successful in the ones that they did offer. The move to Division II was partly because of the new campus, and the goals of the future they could have.

During their NAIA years, they were known as the Indians, and were located in Providence, Rhode Island, near Brown University. The school's largest rivalry at the time was Salem State College. The school was still a small business school, who was just stepping into the door of respect and notability.

Bryant went through about a 20 year period where there was hardly any success and most of the time no success. This was from 1980 season until the 2001 season. The change started when the university brought Coach Max Good, from UNLV to Bryant to help turn around the basketball program. In his short tenure he has made the university a powerhouse on the basketball court, making the NCAA tournament in only his third season at the helm, and they have not missed the playoffs since. They have also made it to a national championship game versus Virginia Union University in 2004, as well as an elite eight appearance, and two sweet sixteen appearances. The success has brought the program back up to par with other Northeast-10 teams, as well as putting them on a national level of respect.

Coach Good has brought a lot to the program, coming in he brought Division I expectations of the players, and has done so. With his success three alumni have made it to professional basketball, two of them overseas, and another competing for his national olympic team for the islands of Cape Verde. Coach Good has also brought national recruiting to the university. He has attracted student-athletes from California, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, and also players from every New England state.

Coaches

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Bryant University has had six coaches during its history, the school has two notable coaches, Tom Duffy and Max Good. Coach Tom Duffy is a Pawtucket, Rhode Island native and lead a small college to a national championship. The school which many people did not even hear of was brought to the attention of many.

The other successful coach is Max Good, who has brought the team towards a new level of success, the team has learned to be a consistent powerhouse, throughout the different recruiting classes. They have also learned how to be a playoff hardened team, even the freshman have come to expect that the most success they will have will be when the conference and national tournaments come around. Max Good left after the 2008 season. He took a position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He was quoted as saying, he wanted to build Bryant up, but the money LMU offered was too good to pass up, and that he would stay for recruiting, scheduling and help in finding a new coach.

Head Coach Years Record Win %
Earl Shannon 1963-64 12-11 .522
Tom Duffy 1964-68 70-22 .761
Tom Foliard 1968-78 174-88 .664
Leon Drury 1978-89 126-182 .410
Ed Reilly 1989-01 109-209 .343
Max Good 2001-08 133-85 .607
Tim O'Shea 2008–present 18-71 .202
Totals 1963-2010 642-658 .494

Record Book

Year By Year

Season Record Head Coach Playoff Appearance
1963-64 12-11 Earl Shannon
1964-65 16-8 Tom Duffy
1965-66 17-7 Tom Duffy
1966-67 22-0 Tom Duffy National Champions
1967-68 15-7 Tom Duffy
1968-69 21-5 Tom Foliard Sweet Sixteen
1969-70 19-7 Tom Foliard
1970-71 11-14 Tom Foliard
1971-72 13-10 Tom Foliard
1972-73 20-6 Tom Foliard Round of 32
1973-74 20-8 Tom Foliard Round of 32
1974-75 21-8 Tom Foliard Round of 64
1975-76 16-11 Tom Foliard
1976-77 13-13 Tom Foliard
1977-78 20-6 Tom Foliard Elite Eight
1978-79 18-10 Leon Drury
1979-80 20-7 Leon Drury Round of 32
1980-81 18-10 Leon Drury
1981-82 14-12 Leon Drury
1982-83 12-16 Leon Drury
1983-84 6-21 Leon Drury
1984-85 11-17 Leon Drury
1985-86 11-21 Leon Drury
1986-87 5-22 Leon Drury
1987-88 7-23 Leon Drury
1988-89 4-23 Leon Drury
1989-90 3-24 Ed Reilly
1990-91 8-18 Ed Reilly
1991-92 3-22 Ed Reilly
1992-93 7-18 Ed Reilly
1993-94 15-14 Ed Reilly
1994-95 10-16 Ed Reilly
1995-96 13-14 Ed Reilly
1996-97 18-10 Ed Reilly Round of 64
1997-98 7-19 Ed Reilly
1998-99 9-17 Ed Reilly
1999-00 8-19 Ed Reilly
2000-01 8-18 Ed Reilly
2001-02 7-19 Max Good
2002-03 17-14 Max Good
2003-04 23-10 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2004-05 25-9 Max Good Championship Game
2005-06 21-10 Max Good Elite Eight
2006-07 21-11 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2007-08 19-12 Max Good Sweet Sixteen
2008-09 8-21 Tim O'Shea
2009-10 1-29 Tim O'Shea
2010-11 9-21 Tim O'Shea

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