Coach Rooney recently completed his sixth year at the helm of the Keelhaulers and these six years have been without question most successful in the program's history. With this year's 25-7 record, Rooney's career mark as a head coach is 110-76. In his first year, the team went a respectable 14-14 including key wins over multiple National Tournament qualifiers. The team took a step forward his second year as they won 17 games, a total that was the highest in school history. The positive momentum continued during the 2009-2010 season as the Keelhaulers again set the school record for wins and won the conference championship. In fact, the championship was the school's first intercollegiate championship in any sport. The season included wins over several NAIA Division One teams as well as an upset victory over the #5 team in country.
The upward trend continued in the 2010-2011 season as the Keelhaulers advanced to and hosted the Cal Pac Conference Championship for the first time in school history. The 2011-12 team again rewrote the history books with an impressive run as Cal Maritime again set the school record for wins with twenty-one. Included in those wins was a victory over eventual National Champion Oregon Tech. The Keelhaulers also went a perfect 12-0 in Cal Pac conference play, the first time a team has accomplished that feat in conference history. After capturing the regular season championship, Cal Maritime defeated Simpson University and Holy Names University in the conference tournament to advance to the NAIA National Tournament. The trip to "Big Dance" marked the first in school history.
With the bar set quite high, Coach Rooney and his team once again raised the level as the squad finished with a school best 25-7 record during the 2012-13 season. The Keelhaulers captured the California Pacific Conference title with a conference tournament championship win over Menlo College. By virtue of the championship, Cal Maritime advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the second consecutive year. In the round of 32, the Keelhaulers were matched with #4 ranked Northwestern College from Iowa. Cal Maritime dominated with a twenty-two point victory and advanced to the Sweet 16. Also, at the National Tournament the Keelhaulers earned prestigious Dr. James Naismith Sportsmanship Award.
As is often the case with team success, several Keelhaulers have gained recognition over the past five years. In his short time at Cal Maritime, Rooney has coached two All Americans (Andrew Medeiros, Isaiah Moore), had his players earn All-Conference accolades eighteen times (Cody Gatton, John Stiles, Andrew Medeiros (twice), Josh Greenwell (three times), Haven Piatt, Jordan Birchell, Isaiah Moore, David Prendeble, Michael Weimer, Keven Campbell (twice), Isaiah Johnson, Howie Manzo, Casey Healy, and Anthony Simi) the Freshman of the Year for 2008-2009 (Zac Kinman) and 2009-2010 (Jordan Birchell) as well as four Academic All Americans (Andrew Johnson, Andrew Medeiros, Hamilton Chang, and Howie Manzo). For his work, Rooney has been named California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Coach Rooney has established a program built on toughness and defensive accountability shown by the fact that his teams are consistently in the top 5 nationally for defensive production. On the offensive end, the motion offense employed by the Keelhaulers allows for the talents of players to be maximized.
Prior to coming to Maritime, Coach Rooney spent the 2006-2007 season as an assistant coach under Ken Scalmanini at Claremont McKenna College where the team finished with a 15-10 record in the always competitive SCIAC conference. Claremont McKenna ranked in the top 5 nationally for points allowed during the 2006-2007. Coach Rooney was responsible for recruiting, guard play, practice and game organization, and counseling for career development. Prior to his time at Claremont McKenna, Coach Rooney had 3 successful seasons at NCAA Division II San Francisco State (1 year) and NAIA school Dominican University (2 years) as an assistant under the tutelage of Bill Treseler. At San Francisco State, Rooney assisted in recruiting efforts that led to a six win improvement. At Dominican University, Rooney was directly involved in helping the program win consecutive California Pacific Conference Championships as well back-to-back berths in the NAIA National Tournament in Branson, Missouri. During his time at Dominican, the program also reached a top 5 national ranking and set the school record for wins. Rooney has worked with four NAIA All Americans (David Moore, Marcus Williams, Andrew Medeiros, and Isaiah Moore).
A native of Stockton, California, Rooney played a year of college football for Saint Mary's College, two years of basketball at San Joaquin Delta College and finished his collegiate basketball career at Dominican University. At both Delta College and Dominican he earned All Conference status as a point guard also served as a team captain. During his senior year, he helped lead Dominican to the school's first conference championship and trip to the national tournament. Over his college career, Coach Rooney was part of over 100 wins. For his efforts, Rooney was named Dominican's Student-Athlete of the Year (2002-03).
Rooney, 33, earned his master's degree in Education from Dominican University in 2005. He graduated with magna cum laude from Dominican Chapman in 2003, where he received his bachelor's degree in Literature. Bryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Clayton with their daughter Brooke and son Liam.