Monday, January 14, 2008


After serving as captain for both the basketball and baseball teams at Manhattan College, George graduated in 1966 with his bachelor's degree in mathematics.
That summer, he played in the St. Louis Cardinal system.
His first year teaching and coaching was spent at his alma mater, St. Augustine H.S. in Brooklyn, where he served as assistant coach to Charlie O'Donnell.
In 1967, he began teaching mathematics and coaching the varsity basketball team at Msgr. McClancy Memorial H.S..
In 1971, Coach Bruns took both of his teams to the City Championship Games and was named Coach of the Year in both Basketball and Baseball for his teams' efforts.
George competed on weekends in the Eastern Pro League.
In 1973, his final year of coaching at McClancy, Lou Carnesecca signed him to a contract with the N.Y. Nets of the A.B.A.
In this six year span, George coached many young men who received athletic scholarships to college and have become successful professionals.
In 1980, George earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Hofstra University and was promoted to full professor.


rayray said...

You are doing a great job giving props to a somewhat forgotten era.

You may not know that USA Today is conducting a weekly reader poll to name the all time best five players for each NBA franchise.

This week is it is the NY/NJ Nets. As usual, a player from the era you highlight is not getting his due. (Not suprising given the likely age of most voters).

This week you can help by voting for Super John Williamson (already named a top 5 Net by Basketball Digest & Pro Basketball News).

Keep up the great work


rayray said...

Oops, I forgot: Here is the where you can vote for Super John Williamson in the USA Today poll of alltime best NY/NJ Nets players: