Few students in Georgetown's 100 years of intercollegiate basketball embodied the concept of "student-athlete" as Bruce Stinebrickner did. A leader on the court and in the classroom, Stinebrickner set a high standard for those who followed him in both pursuits.
An all-athletic and academic selection, Stinebrickner chose Georgetown over offers from Duke, Harvard, and 20 other schools. He told The HOYA that Georgetown was simply "the best school that offered me a full athletic grant in aid." Stinebrickner averaged 18.7 points per game on the freshman team, and despite playing a reserve role in his first varsity season behind senior Jim Brown, Stinebrickner averaged 9.6 points per game in his first varsity season. No less impressive was his defensive prowess, which proved a valuable asset during the Hoyas' 16 win season in 1965-66, its most
wins since 1947. Stinebrickner's ability to lock down opponents served the Hoyas well that year, as evidenced in his efforts against BC's John Austin in a narrow loss to the Eagles that season.
Stinebrickner was promoted to starting guard for the 1966-67 season, and teamed with a pre-med in Cesar for a veritable "Dean's List" backcourt for the better part of two seasons for the Hoyas. He followed on a 7.8 average in 1966-67 with a 12.4 point, 6.2 rebound average in his senior season, the latter being an impressive number for a 6-1 guard who even saw spot time at forward owing to his tenacious rebounding. Stinebrickner scored in double figures in 16 of the season's 23 games, leading the team in 11 of them. After scoring a career high 23 in two games earlier in the season,
Stinebrickner's 16 point, 13 rebound effort against NYU remains a mark of distinction--only two other Hoya guards have ever had as many rebounds in a single game. At season's end, head coach Jack Magee called Stinebrickner "the unsung hero" of the team.
As a guard, Stinebrickner shot 51.7% from the field for his career, never shooting less than 50 percent in a single season. Eight games into his senior season, he was shooting as much as 63% from the field, among the top ten in the NCAA. To this day, his 51.7% career mark is the second highest shooting percentage of any guard in the Georgetown record books.
By the time of his graduation in 1968, Stinebrickner earned numerous athletic and academic accolades. The 1968 Robert A. Duffey Scholar Athlete Award winner at Georgetown, he earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship award, the only Georgetown basketball player ever so honored. Off the court, he graduated magna cum laude, was a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of "Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities", and the recipient of eight postgraduate fellowships, including the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, presented for students identified for a career in teaching.
After Georgetown, Bruce Stinebrickner earned a Ph.D. at Yale and has taught at the university level for more than three decades and on four different continents. He is the longtime editor of one of the most widely used college textbooks on American government, and is currently the chairman of the government department at DePauw University. In a note to his athletic skills, his DePauw bio reads that "He has played organized basketball on four continents and coached at middle school, high school, and semi-professional levels. He...continues to play regularly himself, holding his own, he
claims, against players half (and even one-third) his age."