Head Coach Jim Ducey
Jim Ducey took over the men's basketball program in 2007 after long-time Head Coach Gary Smith stepped down from his post of 36 years. Ducey made the move following a nine-year stint as the head women's basketball coach at Redlands. He also worked with the Bulldog women's tennis program from 1992-1999 and then again from 2004-2009. Overall, he has been involved with basketball and tennis at Redlands since the 1991-92 school year.
During the fall of 2006, Ducey went on sabbatical to study other basketball training programs, including with the San Antonio Spurs and Head Coach Greg Popovich. He works to complete a basketball manual as a result of this experience.
While at Redlands, Ducey has coached many All-Conference, All-American, Academic All-America, and National Champion players. He is a four-time recipient of the West Region Tennis Coach of the Year award and one-time recipient of the National Tennis Coach of the Year award. In 2003-04, he guided the women's basketball team to the program's second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship. Ducey later enjoyed his 100th career victory as the Bulldog women's basketball coach on January 22, 2005, when the team defeated the University of La Verne, 66-61. He also captured his 100th victory with the Redlands women's tennis team just a few months later. For women's basketball, Ducey accumulated an overall record of 138-87, with a 77-43 mark in conference competition.
A 1978 graduate of Redlands, Ducey returned to his alma mater in 1991 from Cal State San Bernardino, where he was the head tennis coach for three seasons and director for two, while serving as head men's basketball coach from 1984-91. Ducey graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education and minors in art and geology. He played basketball for Coach Smith, earning the Hustle Award and serving as a team captain. He later went on to complete his Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate School.
In his free time, Ducey enjoys water and outdoor activities with his family, building, mechanics, and ceramics. He is involved in the Redlands Optimist Club, NABC, WBCA, ITA and volunteers for the Cardiac Arrhythmia Research and Education Foundation (C.A.R.E.). Ducey resides in Redlands with his wife, Kelly, who also graduated from the University of Redlands. Their oldest son, Ted, graduated from Redlands in 2003; their middle son, Bryan, completed his degree in 2007; and their youngest son, Jake, finished up as a Bulldog in 2011. Bryan and Jake now serve as assistant coaches with the Bulldog men's basketball team.
Assistant Coach Tim Bross
Tim Bross joined the Bulldog family as the first, full-time Assistant Men's Basketball Coach in July 2018.
He arrived at Redlands with a unique familiarity of Currier Gym, U of R men's basketball, and the University in general, as a member of a Bulldog legacy family. His wife Crista is the daughter of Martha '82 and Ted '81 Mendoza and the granddaughter of longtime and esteemed coach Lee Fulmer '51. In addition, Crista's uncles, Mike Fulmer '77 and Jim Fulmer '72, add to Bross' special ties to the U of R.
Bross made the move across the Pacific Ocean to Redlands after serving as the Assistant Coach at Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI, for two years. He contributed to Chaminade's first postseason win in three years and directly oversaw the recruiting efforts of the 2017-18 class, which produced two all-conference selections. During his time there, the team went 34-23, which included victories over two nationally ranked opponents and a win over University of California at Berkeley. He specifically recruited student-athletes from Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington. Bross coordinated the defense and installed new help-side rotation and ball-screen coverage.
In addition, Bross gained solid experience at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2012 through 2016. During his two-year stretch as the Graduate Assistant at HPU, he was part of the Sharks' first winning season in five years, which included the program's inaugural NCAA Division II postseason victory. He signed an eventual PacWest Conference Defender of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. With UH-Manoa, he served as the team's Administrative Assistant before stepping in as the interim Director of Basketball Operations. He managed the recruiting process and coordinated all community outreach, including the first alumni game. He returned to Hawaii Pacific in 2015-16 and helped guide the team to a 19-9 record for its best finish in six years while overseeing the skill development of perimeter players. He again managed the recruiting efforts throughout the Western United States and utilized his contacts to schedule multiple opponents for the subsequent season.
Finally, Bross grew as a coach by working various camps, including the Jabari Parker Camp and those associated with the Maui Sports Academy, North Caroline State University, and the University of Hawaii.
Hailing from Vancouver, WA, Bross originally became a Bulldog at Gonzaga University (WA), where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science. He later attained his Master of Education from Hawaii Pacific.
Bross and his family reside in Redlands. He and his wife Crista are parents to son Lee and daughter Josie.
Assistant Coach Bryan Ducey
Prior to the 2007-08 season, Bryan Ducey joined the Bulldog men’s basketball program as an assistant coach. A familiar face to the University of Redlands and Currier Gym, Ducey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2007 while competing for the Bulldog baseball team throughout his career. Outside of coaching the Bulldogs, Ducey teaches at Redlands East Valley High School and coaches the Wildcats' baseball team.
Ducey boasts numerous Redlands ties, including his dad, Head Coach Jim Ducey ’78, as well as his mom, Kelly ’99, and two brothers, Ted ’03 and Jake ’11.
Ducey has worked at the Claremont Club for many summers, helping his dad manage the family-run swim school that has been in existence for more than 40 years.
Ducey excitedly joined the basketball staff at Redlands as an opportunity to both help student-athletes become better players and to share his first passion with others. He has been prevented from playing basketball due to a heart condition but appreciates being involved as an assistant coach.
In his spare time, Ducey enjoys all sports, particularly surfing and water skiing. He also likes to spend time camping and just hanging out with his family.