NASDA-GQ   FASHION POWER INDEX:          1. Jay Wright (Villanova)          2. Rick Pitino (Louisville)          3. Willis Wilson (Rice)          4. John Calipari (Memphis)          5. Roy Williams (North Carolina)          6. Trent Johnson (Stanford)          7. Bruiser Flint (Drexel)          8. Dennis Felton (Georgia)          9. Bobby Lutz (Charlotte)          10. Lorenzo Romar (Washington)          11. Jerry Wainwright (DePaul)          12. Tubby Smith (Kentucky)          13. Michael Perry (Georgia State)          14. Neil Dougherty (TCU)          15. Bob McKillop (Davidson)          16. Stan Heath (Arkansas)          17. Ricky Stokes (East Carolina)          18. Billy Donovan (Florida)          19. Dave Dickerson (Tulane)          20. Tom Pecora (Hofstra)          21. Jessie Evans (San Francisco)          22. Buzz Peterson (Coastal Carolina)          23. Norm Roberts (St. John’s)          24. Dave Leitao (Virginia)          25. Perry Watson (Detroit)          26. Barry Hinson (Missouri State)          27. Orlando Early (Louisiana-Monroe)          29. Tom Penders (Houston)          31. Skip Prosser (Wake Forest)          32. Tic Price (McNeese State)          33. Gregg Marshall (Winthrop)          34. Bob Thomason (Pacific)          35. Jim Larranaga (George Mason)          37. Frank Haith (Miami)          40. Ricardo Patton (Colorado)          41. Tom Izzo (Michigan State)          42. Thad Matta (Ohio State)          43. Rick Barnes (Texas)          47. Bill Self (Kansas)          52. Jeff Capel (VCU)          55. Vann Pettaway (Alabama A&M)          59. Ron Jirsa (Marshall)          63. Bruce Pearl (Tennessee)          71. Bobby Marlin (Sam Houston State)          75. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)          82. Lute Olson (Arizona)          87. Larry Hunter (Western Carolina)          94. Jim Les (Bradley)          106. Byron Samuels (Radford)          108. Brian Gregory (Dayton)          112. Randy Monroe (UMBC)          113. Brad Holland (San Diego)          114. Dennis Wolff (Boston University)          118. Darrin Horn (Western Kentucky)          125. Milan Brown (Mount St. Mary’s)          131. Mike Young (Wofford)          144. Randy Bennett (St. Mary’s)          151. Mike Adras (Northern Arizona)          162. John Giannini (La Salle)          167. Riley Wallace (Hawaii)          186. Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)          198. Porter Moser (Illinois State)          206. Steve Shields (Arkansas-Little Rock)          237. Mike Burns (Eastern Washington)          288. Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan)
NAME: Bruiser Flint
SCHOOL: Drexel
FPI: 7
COMMENT: Three words -- Two-Time Champion. That is about all you need to know about the man with the game's bests smile. Whether it's a high-end suit for game day or some nifty duds for a night on the town, Flint has the advantage of shopping at Boyd's in Philly.

James “Bruiser” Flint begins his fifth season as the head coach of the Drexel basketball program. Flint has established Drexel as one of the top programs in the Colonial Athletic Association since arriving on the University City campus. This past season, the Dragons were invited to their third-straight National Invitation Tournament. A two-time CAA Coach of the Year, Flint’s Dragons have won at least 11 conference games in each of his seasons at Drexel. Only two other schools in the CAA have matched that feat during that time. He has a 68-49 record at the school and an impressive 48-24 (.667) mark in CAA play. Flint is already fifth in career victories at Drexel. Since his arrival, the Dragons have had the CAA Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions, have had seven All-CAA selections and five members of the conference’s All-Defensive team.

Last season, despite key injuries to a number of players, Drexel had a 17-12 mark and a 12-6 record in the CAA. The Dragons had their highest RPI rating since the Malik Rose years and took Mid American Conference runner-up Buffalo to overtime on its home court in the opening round of the NIT. This past summer, Flint was named the Assistant Coach for the USA Under 21 World Championship Team that played in Argentina.

In 2003-04, Flint was named the CAA Coach of the Year after leading a team picked to finish in a tie for fourth place to a second place finish with a 13-5 league record. The Dragons won 12 of their last 15 regular-season games and finished just one game behind Virginia Commonwealth. Overall, Flint’s team finished 18-11 and advanced to the NIT for the second-straight season. The Dragons lost at Villanova in the first round.

In his second season, Flint returned the Dragons to the postseason for the first time in six years. Drexel won 19 games and finished with a 12-6 record in the CAA. The Dragons won two games at the CAA Tournament and advanced to the championship game. Drexel lost in the finals, but was rewarded with a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, only the sixth postseason appearance in the school’s history.

Flint, who owns a 154-121 career record, returned home to his native Philadelphia when he took over as Drexel’s head coach on April 5, 2001. In his first year, Flint led a team that was picked to finish ninth in the CAA to an 11-7 mark, tying them for third in the league. The Dragons finished with a 14-14 record. For his efforts, Flint was named the CAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Flint picked up his 100th career victory in Drexel’s 68-65 win against UNC Wilmington on Feb. 18, 2002.

Flint arrived at Drexel after a 12-year stint at UMass. He was an assistant coach for seven seasons before becoming the school’s 17th head basketball coach. He compiled an 86-72 career record, including a 52-28 record in Atlantic 10 Conference play at UMass. He led three of his teams to postseason play and was the NABC District I Co-Coach of the Year in 1998. Flint was the fastest coach in UMass history to reach 30 wins and was the winningest first-year coach ever at UMass. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Coppin State University before joining the UMass staff.

A 1987 Saint Joseph’s graduate, Flint, 39, was a four-year letterwinner with the Hawks. He earned All-Atlantic 10 honors as a senior and led Saint Joseph’s to the 1986 A-10 championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a junior. The Hawks also made NIT appearances in 1984 and 1985. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and graduated with a degree in financial management.

Flint graduated from nearby Episcopal Academy in 1983. He was a First Team All-Philadelphia and Third Team All-State selection following his senior season. Flint finished his prep career ranked second on the Inter-Academic Conference’s all-time scoring and assist lists, and was named the league’s MVP as a senior.

Flint, his wife, Rene, and their nine year-old daughter, Jada, reside in Philadelphia.



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