Jack Bruen, the basketball coach at Archbishop Carroll High School, will be named coach at Catholic University next week, it was learned yesterday.

The vacancy opened in May when Jack Kvancz, CU's athletic director and basketball coach, resigned to take the athletic director's job at George Mason University.

A star basketball player at Catholic in 1969-72, Bruen holds the school record for career assists per game (7.1). After graduation, he served as an assistant for seven years to De Matha Coach Morgan Wootten. He moved to Carroll three years ago.

When contacted yesterday at Wootten's basketball camp at St. John's High School, Bruen indicated a desire to inform Carroll officials of his decision before he made a public announcement.

"They (Carroll) were nice enough to hire me, so I would like to get to them first before I confirm anything," said Bruen, who coached Carroll to a 66-27 record in his short tenure.

Brian McCall, athletic director at Catholic, while also not confirming the appointment, said that enough encouragement had been given Bruen that he could be considered one of the leading candidates. "I can't say he has the job yet, though."

But Bruen was already talking about helping Carroll officials "figure out what they were going to do next."

"Catholic is getting a real gem," said Wootten. "Jack has paid his dues and I would rank him among the best assistants I ever had. It's a great opportunity for him. Coaches dream of returning to coach at their alma mater. I know Jack is really looking forward to it."

Before last season, Catholic dropped its basketball program from Division I to Division III. Kvancz apparently resigned because of the switch.