After earning his B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of New Hampshire, Bruce began teaching English in 1978, starting at Berwick Academy in Maine. He then transitioned to New Hampton School in 1979. He stayed at New Hampton for sixteen years, taking on roles of director of admissions and director of athletics. He then spent 20 years at Pomfret School as an English teacher and director of athletics. Bruce played varsity lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire and now coaches boys’ soccer, hockey, and lacrosse and teaches English.