Bruiser Flint

Bruiser Flint (born July 23, 1965)

Teams coached: UMass Minutemen, Drexel Dragons
UMass record: 86-72 (.544)
Drexel record: 245-217 (.530)
Overall record: 331-289 (.534)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1997, 1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  6  (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012)
  • CAA Regular Season Champion:  1  (2012)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-2024 Kentucky (assoc. to the HC)
2020-2021 Kentucky (asst)
2017-2020 Indiana (asst)
2001-2016 Drexel
1996-2001 UMass
1989-1996 UMass (asst)
1987-1989 Coppin State (asst)

Bruiser Flint Facts

  • James Flint
  • Born July 23, 1965
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Saint Joseph’s University (BA, 1987)
  • Graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1983 and went on to play for head coach Jim Boyle at Saint Joseph’s
    • Earned All-Atlantic 10 honors as a senior; inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Spent two years as an assistant at Coppin State under Fang Mitchell before joining John Calipari‘s staff at UMass in 1989
  • After seven seasons, Flint took over as head coach in 1996 when Calipari left for the New Jersey Nets
    • Went 86-72 in five years as head coach, leading the Minutemen to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons but was unable to maintain the success Calipari had before him
  • Resigned in March 2001 and a month later accepted the head position at Drexel, where he coached the Dragons for 15 seasons
    • Won 245 games and went to five NITs, winning one CAA title but never making it back to the NCAAs
    • Fired from his position in March 2016, leaving the program as its all-time winningest coach
  • Joined Archie Miller‘s first staff at Indiana as an assistant coach in April 2017
  • In August 2020, Flint left IU for Kentucky to reunite with his former boss and mentor, John Calipari

Bruiser Flint Coaching Tree