Duane Broussard enters his second season as an assistant coach at UCLA in 2014-15.
Broussard has spent the last six college basketball seasons working alongside head coach Steve Alford, helping those teams advance to the NCAA Tournament four times and secure three consecutive conference tournament crowns.
During his first season on UCLA’s staff, Broussard helped lead the Bruins to a 28-9 overall mark, including the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Championship and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 since 2008. UCLA concluded the season ranking No. 11 in the country in scoring (81.2 ppg), No. 3 in assist turnover ratio (1.7) and No. 5 in assists (17.2 apg). In addition, the Bruins ranked No. 4 in steals (9.2 spg) and No. 10 in turnover margin (+4.1). Broussard’s efforts on the recruiting trail helped UCLA secure an incoming group ranked as high as No. 3, nationally.
Broussard arrived in Westwood in April 2013 after having spent the previous 10 seasons on the men’s basketball staff at the University of New Mexico. He worked on head coach Steve Alford’s staff the last five seasons – the final two years as an assistant coach after having served as Director of Operations for three seasons.
Through 20 seasons serving on college basketball staffs, both as an assistant coach and as the director of operations, Broussard has helped his teams to a combined .649 winning percentage (410-222). In 10 seasons on staff at New Mexico, Broussard helped the Lobos compiled a .655 winning percentage.
During his final two seasons coaching at New Mexico, Broussard’s work proved instrumental in helping the Lobos compile a 57-13 record and win back-to-back Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles. New Mexico advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years. In his five years on Alford’s staff at New Mexico, the Lobos played in the postseason each year, advancing to the NCAA Tournament three times.
With Broussard on the coaching staff, New Mexico became the first school in Mountain West history to secure back-to-back regular season and tournament titles. Over the last six seasons, New Mexico produced six players who scored at least 1,000 points and won a school-record 155 games during that stretch. The Lobos became one of just three programs to win four regular-season titles in five years (along with Kansas and Gonzaga).
In 2012-13, New Mexico logged its second-highest win total in program history, posting a 29-6 overall record. Junior guard Kendall Williams secured Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors. He finished in the top 10 in scoring in the Mountain West, in addition to ranking second in assists per game and assist turnover ratio. As a team, New Mexico ranked No. 26 nationally in field goal percentage defense and No. 38 in scoring defense.
During his tenure as assistant coach at New Mexico, Broussard was responsible for four NBA Draft selections, all chosen in the first round – Danny Granger (2005), J.R. Giddens (2008), Darington Hobson (2010) and Tony Snell (2013).
Broussard’s work with Granger was evident at Bradley and New Mexico. Granger, a 6-foot-8 forward, was selected No. 17 overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of New Mexico. Broussard had worked with Granger during the 2001-02 season at Bradley and during Granger’s junior and senior seasons at New Mexico. Granger became the first player in UNM basketball history to log at least 60 assists, 60 blocks and 60 steals in one season (2004-05) before securing Mountain West Conference Tournament MVP honors and leading the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament. Currently playing for the Indiana Pacers, Granger graduated from New Mexico with a degree in civil engineering.
Additionally, Broussard helped the New Mexico program stay in the top-25 rankings in 16 of 18 weeks. The Lobos secured five selections on the All-Mountain West Team and produced a school record-tying 14 wins away from home.
Serving as an assistant coach and as the program’s Director of Operations at New Mexico, Broussard’s responsibilities included travel arrangements, community relations, scheduling and helping oversee academic progress.
Currently in the process of completing his Ph. D. in sport administration at the University of New Mexico, Broussard spent five seasons (2003-07) on head coach Ritchie McKay's staff at UNM. He spent the 2007-08 season working as Director of Reruitment Initiatives in the Enrollment Servces office on UNM's main campus. Broussard was working with an outreach program that taught the importance of going to college and the process of college admissions to middle school students in the Albuquerque area.
Broussard served on the men's basketball staff for nine seasons at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., working as an assistant coach the final six years (1997-2002) under head coach Jim Molinari. As an assistant coach, Broussard's responsibilities for the Braves included recruiting, floor coaching and budget planning.
A four-year basketball letterwinner at Bradley (1990-93), Broussard served as the program's co-captain during his junior and senior seasons. Former UNM head coach Ritchie McKay served as an assistant coach during Broussard's final two seasons with the Braves. He capped his collegiate career in 1993 by earning the inaugural Downtown Peoria Kiwanis Club Leadership Award in recognition of his positive role-model approach to academics and community service.
In nine seasons on the men's basketball staff at Bradley (1994-2002), Broussard helped the Braves win 58 percent of their games, an average of nearly 18 contests per season. Bradley advanced to the postseason in six of nine years while Broussard served on the staff and the program graduated 19 of 22 seniors during that span.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Broussard graduated from Bradley in 1993, earning degrees in criminal justice and sociology, in addition to a minor in history. He continued his education by earning a master's degree in public service administration from Bradley in 1997.
Broussard, 41, is married to the former Holly Marshall. The couple has one daughter, McKenzie, and one son, McKel.