Report: Indiana hiring Bruiser Flint as assistant coach

  • 04/01/2017 11:49 am in

Archie Miller’s coaching staff in Bloomington is beginning to take shape.

According to Jon Rothstein, Miller will hire Bruiser Flint, formerly a head coach at both UMass and Drexel, as an assistant coach.

A program spokesperson at Indiana told Inside the Hall on Saturday that additions to the men’s basketball staff aren’t expected to become official and announced until later this week.

Flint, 51, is 331-289 all-time in 20 seasons as a head coach. He reached the NCAA tournament twice and won a regular season conference championship once. He was fired from Drexel following the 2015-16 season.

He was the Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year four times – 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012 – and an NABC Distric Coach of the Year four times – 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2012.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Flint played at St. Joseph’s from 1983-1987.

He began his coaching career in 1987 as an assistant coach at Coppin State and was hired as an assistant to John Calipari at UMass in 1989. When Calipari left UMass for the New Jersey Nets in 1996, Flint was named head coach and spent five seasons in Amhest, compiling a 86-72 record.

Flint resigned from UMass in 2001 and became the head coach at Drexel just a few weeks later. At Drexel, Flint won 245 games and is the all-time winningest coach in program history.

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  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Any insight? Will this hire help recruiting? Sounds like he has the east coast connection.

  • sd chuck

    Good to see CARCH getting some help! Head coaching experience, he should help! I think when cal left all the players left also. At least he won more than he lost.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Did he recruit Camby?

  • Donnie Vick

    His name is Bruiser. Perfect fit for the Big 10.

  • Ms hoosier

    As long as we don’t hire Cali the Cat I’ll be ok!!

  • That was mentioned in the premium forum. It’s irrelevant — apparently, the violation was a gift from an agent to Camby and had nothing to do with the coaching staff.

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    Like it!

  • Corey Dunigan

    bruiser flint… totally sounds like a character in Rocky!

  • TomJameson

    James “Bruiser” Flint … Bruiser being the nickname.

  • Rick Pearson

    I really think this will be a good addition

  • TomJameson

    Just doing my job. 🙂

  • AndyCapp

    Love it… sounds like someone from the WWE 😉

  • cbags05

    So does Archie consider it a double check plus if you go by a nickname?

  • HoosierDom

    His UMass teams played tough defense, but really lacked offensively. A very one-dimensional offense with a lot of repetition. Recruiting was solid, but unspectacular.

  • SCHoosier

    He can moonlite with the WWE

  • Outoftheloop

    Get him busy recruiting Moore! I really like Moore, his size and length, his potential as a college 3-4, and as an entree into a great basketball area of Philly!

  • Bnkepner00

    From what I’ve been reading everywhere today sounds like defense and recruiting are his strong points

  • Just read an interesting article about Flint’s recent year off from active coaching this past, concluding season. It seems, at the urging of coach Cal, he took in as many college games and practices as he could. He travel around the country and at one time he was traveling with Larry Brown (famous coach). They stopped to see Cal at Kentucky, Cincinnati U, and then to IU. Flint is quoted as saying that he and Brown had never seen a more detailed and well executed practice as coach Crean was conducting at IU. Article was written sometime during the season. I don’t have a reference but it can be googled. I was trying to find out how tall Bruiser is, but could not find that anywhere. I wanted to know if he was a ‘big man’ coach type?

  • Piker

    Crean is a good coach and can teach all aspects of it. You don’t do what this guy has done by being a bad coach. His ex players, big ten coaches all support him and have voted him best big coach etc. The talk on here is just talk. The posters that take it further and throw insults are losers looking to bring people down in their miserable world. Your post is just another positive note from guys that really know the game regarding CTC. My belief which I have said multiple times is the players just did not want to perform for coach. You cannot do what this team has done this year and then do the complete opposite the next game. That is not practice, fundamental teachings its players that do not care. I hope Coach Miller plays the guys that care and benches the others….in my view CTCs only fault was he cared to much and tried to play the guys that he made promises to …too much. These kids were taught by lots of coaches and their lack or ability to even play man to man is not n CTC besides him not benching them.

  • Please don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have CArchie at IU, and IMHO I would agree with you that CTC lost this years team somewhere along the way,

  • Jim Miller

    hmm Ryan “Archie” Miller, James :Bruiser” Flint, this means any further coaching hires that do not already have nicknames are going to need to adopt one.

  • Jim Miller

    wait til you meet Coach Flounder and Coach Otter.

  • HoosierDaddyof4

    On your question on height…saw a pic of him standing next to Joe Biden who is 6’0. Bruiser appears to be 3-4″ shorter. So 5-9″

  • Piker

    I am happy Coach Miller is here. There had to be a change. CTC did alot for IU and the play of this year’s team was disappointing. I just blame some of the players more. Seems we have stayed away from big trouble with players but alot of trouble never the less. I am hoping Coach Miller is not as nice as CTC and if the players don’t like it then sit them and let them decide if they want to play for IU Archie’s way or go else where. Didn’t mean to go elsewhere with your original post. Would not want anyone to feel like I would get them wrong but appreciate it no less. Just posters. Go Ducks

  • HoosierDaddyof4
  • Arch Puddington

    Why Pinto?

  • Michael Rizzo

    Why Not?

  • I love the ducks too, my daughter and son got their degrees there. They played good D tonight but did not shoot well. You’ve got to box out on those free throws even when a 300 pound player shoves you out of the way.

  • iugradmark

    His main problem is his system. It requires a level of talent we cannot consistently get with his recruiting. It works with Cody and Yogi with lesser talent not so much. High turnover rates cannot be overcome without lots of 3 pt shooting which at some point falls back to earth.

  • rob salway

    Tom Ostrom is also going to be an assistant. He was in consideration for HC job at Dayton. Also a lot of talk about John Groce coming on board. Anyone know how much truth there is to this rumor? Would be a great assistant with Indiana ties.

  • BC Hoosier

    I seen the same article and was getting on here to post about it. (You beat me to it.) If you want to see his side line intensity, try to find VCU vs Drexel-Brusier Flint. Can’t wait for his reaction to Big Ten officiating!

  • TomJameson

    I really appreciate Glass’s, and Archie’s, efforts to minimize any transitional confusion that may come with this coaching change. I mean come on, being so specific on the new hires to even making sure they come to IU with their already made nicknames?!

    Look at all the commenting and making up of names that could have wasted time, when we can now spend the time calculating lineups and NCs of the future. 🙂

  • David Mosbey

    The article I read said Groce could come to IU if he doesn’t get the Akron Head coach job.

  • Piker

    Yeah the shooting did them in. My only bracket had Ducks winning it all. Fun team to watch

  • Piker

    Agree 100% his refusal to change his system in regards to his personnel was another dagger. Seems like that is the downfall of alot of coaches.

  • Hoosier4life67

    uh oh, a democrat. Don’t like him already, lol, jk


    As I’ve stated several times I thought TC did himself no favors when it came to working the refs, up to and including getting T’d up at the right time, in the right way and for the right reasons This appears to be at the wrong time and in the wrong way, but AM ahould be the one making the call on that kind of stuff.

  • John D Murphy

    That would be strong.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Does Biden have any years of eligibility left? Are we actively recruiting him? What are his chances of making the NBA Jam roster?

  • JT

    Living in Philly area I will reserve judgement on Bruiser. Wasn’t impressed with results while at Drexel. Neither was Drexel. Not sure what he brings to the level of play we at Indiana expect. I’m hopeful Archie knows something not obvious to the eye.