Coach Credits

Bruce Langford
Head Coach, Women's Basketball

Langford has been a fixture in the British Columbia basketball community for the past 30 years, having coached 21 years in the B.C. school system before arriving at SFU in the fall of 2001. In 2012-13, under his leadership, the Clan took a big step forward in their transition to the NCAA. In the program's first year of post-season eligibility, SFU went all the way to the Sweet 16 in their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. Overall, the team finished the season 25-6 and were ranked as one of the top Division II program's all season.
In 2011-12, Langford's team took a big step in their adjustment to NCAA play, In addition to a 17-11 record that saw the team finish fifth in the GNAC, the Clan had several big victories, defeating the eighth ranked team in NCAA division II Alaska Anchorage in the West Gym in January and defeating Seattle Pacific to advance to the GNAC semi-final. The win was the first post-season victory for SFU in GNAC competition.In 2010-11, Langford led SFU's women's basketball program into its first official season in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference, compiling a 4-14 record in conference play (7-17 overall), qualifying SFU for the postseason before falling to top-seeded Western Washington in the first round.
In 2009-10, SFU led his team to a 32-1 overall record, and his second consecutive CIS National Championship, the fifth CIS National Championship in nine seasons for the Clan. SFU senior Robyn Buna was named the Nan Copp CIS Player of the Year, and CIS Tournament MVP, while Katie Miyazaki was named CIS Defensive Player of the Year, and Kristina Collins was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year. The Clan also posted a school record 54-game winning streak, straddling the 2009-10 and 2008-09 seasons.
In 2008-09, the Clan were a dominant force again in the CIS, posting a 33-3 overall record and winning Simon Fraser’s fourth CIS National Championship in eight seasons. Matteke Hutzler was named the MVP of the National Championships, while Buna earned the Player of the Game award when SFU defeated Regina 68-62 in the CIS Finals.
In 2007-08, Langford guided SFU to a 37-3 overall record, and a fifth place finish at the CIS National Championship. It marked the 11th time in team history the Clan had reached the 30-win plateau, the fifth under Langford and the eight straight season for the Clan at the CIS National Championships. Lani Gibbons was named the 2008 CIS Player of the Year.
In 2006-07, Langford brought in his largest recruiting class ever, featuring five blue chip recruits to compliment four returning seniors. Despite some significant injuries to the team throughout the year, SFU showcased both their depth and character as they pulled together to win three straight games at the 2007 CIS National Championship, including a 72-6 win over the University of Alberta in the CIS Final. Laurelle Weigl was named the 2007 CIS Tournament MVP as well as the 2007 CIS Rookie of the Year, while point guard Gibbons was named a tournament All-Star. Langford was named Basketball BC’s University Coach of the Year for his team’s performance.
Langford’s fifth season as head coach was highlighted by the team finishing an impressive third at the 2006 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships with an 84-63 victory over the host team from the University of New Brunswick. It marked the first third-place finish at the CIS National Championships in program history. The Clan also set a program record for consecutive wins with 45-straight victories, a streak that began on October 8, 2004 with an 83-38 win over Cariboo College and surprisingly ended against Cariboo College’s new revamped and expanded university team, the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack, on October 29, 2005, with a 64-58 loss.
That impressive streak of 45-straight wins included the 2005 CIS Championship game, when the Clan capped an outstanding 38-0 undefeated season with a 70-60 victory over the Winnipeg Wesmen to win the Clan’s second national title under Langford. The post-game celebration included a special personal moment for Langford, as his daughter and Clan point guard Dani Langford was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award to mark the end of her university playing career. The Clan’s 38 victories is still the program record and earned Langford his second CIS Coach of the Year award.Langford’s second and third seasons as head coach of the Clan ended in similar fashion, as both his 2002-03 and 2003-04 teams finished in fourth place at the CIS Championships. In 2004, the team lost in the CIS semifinals to the eventual National Champions from UBC en route to their fourth place finish, while in 2003 the team was upset in the semifinals by the Winnipeg Wesmen. Clan forward Jessica Kaczowka however earned her second straight CIS Player of the Year award after leading the nation in rebounding.2001-02 marked Langford’s first season with the Clan after he replaced legendary SFU coach Allison McNeil , who had left him with a mature and talented core of players. Langford steered the Clan to an outstanding 35-0 regular season record and the first National Championship in women’s basketball program history. The Clan defeated Laval 66-51 in the CIS Championship Game, earning Langford his first Canada West and CIS Coach of the Year awards. The Clan nearly swept the National awards, as Langford was recognized for his achievement alongside Clan players Kaczowka and Teresa Kleindienst. Kaczowka earning her first CIS Player of the Year award, while Kleindienst was recognized as the CIS’ Defensive Player of the Year.During Langford’s first 21 years of coaching, he primarily spent his time in the B.C. school system, where he coached in Langley and then at Mission Junior, Mission Sr, Hatzic and Heritage Park. At Hatzic, Langford won a provincial AA championship in 1994, the first provincial title of his career. In 1998, began his first season at Heritage Park, where he was the architect of one of the strongest high school programs in B.C. history. At Heritage Park, he led the team to two straight AAA Provincial Championships and in 2001 a Reebok National Championship after completing an undefeated season.Langford also takes time during the summer to continue coaching, having won two BC Summer Games Gold Medals and two Canada Summer Games Gold Medals in 1997 and 2001, earning two BBBC Coach of the Year awards during that stretch. In 2006, Langford coached the Red team at the inaugural Be One All-Canadian All-Star Game, organized by Canada Basketball. The Be One All-Canadian game is a showcase for the best athletes in the Canadian university and college school system.
Langford currently resides in Port Coquitlam with his wife Leslie, an elementary school principal. The couple have one daughter, Dani, currently a physiotherapist and assistant coach of the Clan.