Kate Bruce is entering her fourth season as the head coach for the Cavaliers. Bruce has compiled a record of 61-29 in her first three seasons at the helm. Her third season as head coach featured a number of Walsh firsts, as the Cavs entered the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) tournament as the number one seed, and won the conference tournament for the first time. It was also the first time the Cavaliers had made an NCAA appearance, as they were slotted seventh in the regional tournament. Bruce's team posted the best record the program has seen since becoming NCAA Division II, at 25-7 overall and 18-4 in the conference. The 2018-19 season also featured two Cavaliers, sophomore Mayci Sales and freshman Sha Carter, earning First Team All-Conference honors. Carter was also named Second Team All-Region.
In her second year heading the program, Bruce guided Walsh to a 21-9 record overall and a 17-5 record in its first year of G-MAC play. The Cavs finished just one game away from being crowned co-champions of the conference. Walsh gained the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for the first time in Walsh history and advanced to the semifinals. Mayci Sales earned G-MAC Freshman of the Year, the first time a women's basketball player had earned conference freshman of the year since becoming NCAA DII.
During her first season, Bruce lead the Cavaliers to a 15-13 record and 11-9 conference mark. In the final year in the Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Cavaliers finshed third in the South Division and eight overall in the conference. She lead the team to their third straight conference tournament appearance. Bruce joined the Cavaliers after serving as the first assistant for the Ohio University women's basketball team the past three seasons.
Bruce coached under Walsh alum Bob Boldon ('97) since 2010 at both Youngstown State and Ohio University. On top of that, she played under former Cavalier Head Coach Karl Smesko, who guided Walsh to the NAIA Division II national championship in the 1997-98 season.
Bruce helped lead the Bobcats to the regular season MAC championship in 2016. The year prior, Ohio University was a participant in the NCAA tournament after it won the MAC regular season and tournament championships. The Bobcats also set a school-record that season with 27 wins.
While at Youngstown State, she helped guide the Penguins to a 23-win improvement in her first two seasons. During her final season there, the Penguins won the most games in a season since the 1997-1998 campaign. Youngstown State also earned a berth to the WNIT and advanced to the second round while Bruce was there.
As a player, Bruce earned many accolades at Florida Gulf Coast University playing for Coach Smesko. She was a WBCA Division II First Team All-American, South Region Player of the Year, and guided the team to an undefeated regular season. During the 2006-2007 season, she led the Eagles to the NCAA Division II national championship game.
Overall, Bruce led the Eagles to a combined 63-3 record during her two-year career. She was second in the nation in field goal percentage at a 62.8 percent success rate. Bruce led the team in free-throw percentage at 80.9 percent, rebounds with 5.5 per game, and points with 17.4 per game. Despite only playing two years at FGCU, she is the school's all-time leader in points, field goals made, free-throws made, free-throws attempted, and free-throw percentage.
She also played for Yavapai Community College where she earned her Associates degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from FGCU in 2007 and her Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Ohio University in 2016.
After her collegiate career, Bruce played professionally in Holland for the Perik Jumpers.
Kate resides in North Canton with her husband, Jesse, and two daughters, Brenna and Laney.