On Monday, Bruiser Flint was fired as the Drexel University Men’s basketball coach after 15 seasons.
Drexel Men’s Basketball is moving on. After 15 years as head coach, Bruiser Flint’s tenure has ended. He was fired on Monday with a year left on his contract.
Drexel University released a statement from director of athletics Dr. Eric Zillmer:
“I would like to thank Bruiser for his 15 years of service to Drexel University. We appreciate all that he has done for the University and how his student-athletes have performed on the court and in the classroom.”
Flint is the all-time winningest coach in Drexel program history with a record of 331-289, and a four-time winner of the CAA’s Coach of the Year award. Flint’s most successful season was in 2011-12, when the Dragons won 29 games, a school record, and just missed the NCAA Tournament.
Drexel finished 2015-16 with a record of 6-25. (3-15 CAA), which is Flint’s third losing season in four years.
In recent years, his team has been plagued with injuries and transfers, and they never had an honest chance to be great with the players they had. Most notably, losing one of the top scorers in the nation, Damion Lee, who transferred to Louisville, was also a big hit to the season and the program.
For all of Flint’s emphatic and charismatic personality, his biggest criticism may have been his inability to bring in recruits. This year, they were only successful in bringing in one ranked recruit: freshman guard Terrell Allen. It can be inferred that Drexel is lacking an atmosphere for basketball, and more has to be done to bring in players. I, for one, am optimistic about the future, but it seems that Drexel is not there just yet.
Flint gave his goodbye to the University:
Loved being a Dragon. Enjoyed the 15yrs. Love my guys and the ppl were great to me. Thanks Drexel
— Bruiser Flint (@ducoachflint) March 7, 2016
It will be interesting to see who Drexel names as their new head coach and which direction the university will take to get the team back to winning form. A national search for Flint’s replacements has begun.
More interestingly, where will Bruiser Flint end up?