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Remembering Ken Bruno

posted Dec 19, 2017, 12:00 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 12:01 PM ]
Ken Bruno, who coached and taught at College High School and Bartlesville High School from 1968-1984, passed away on December 3, 2017 at 79 years of age. He led six state championship teams during his time at the school.

Coach Bruno started his coaching career in Avant and Dewey before beginning his tenure at Bartlesville’s Col-High in 1968. He was the assistant boys’ basketball coach under Cecil Epperley for two years, rising to hold the head coach position for 14 years. He also was the head golf coach for 16 years.

His Bartlesville teams earned six state golf titles in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, and 1984. He led the girls’ golf team to a runner-up state title in 1981. Between 1971 and 1984 his basketball teams won five regional championships, three area championships, and had seven state tournament appearances.

Bruno was coaching during the infamous 1979 seven-overtime Sooner High vs. College High basketball game, in which Sooner finally won with 94 points to Col-High’s 93 points.

Ken was proud that 11 of his former basketball players attended college on basketball scholarships while 21 of his former golfers attended college on golf scholarships.

Bruno later coached at Metro Christian, Hominy, and Copan. After his retirement he taught physical education at St. John’s Catholic School and was a lay coach with Bartlesville High School girls basketball coach Gerald Thompson and with Bartlesville High School golf coach Jeff Rude.
Coach Bruno was inducted into the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

A celebration of life service was held on December 16, 2017 in the Bartlesville High School Fine Arts Center. Ken is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kay Bruno of Bartlesville; they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in May. Their son Barry Allen Bruno lives with his family in Jenks, and their son Bradley Neil Bruno lives with his family in Bartlesville.
Ken Bruno

Ken Bruno at College High

Memorial Donations

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Coach Bruno. Donations can be sent to:

Ken Bruno Memorial 
for Bartlesville High School Athletics
P.O. Box 1357
Bartlesville, OK 74005