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  Tom Bradley
Tom Bradley
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Head Coach

Tom Bradley is in his 10th year at the helm of the Maryland baseball program and his 22nd season as a head coach on the NCAA Division I level. Heading into the 1999 season, he has the second-longest tenure at an ACC school among the nine current head coaches in the conference.

A 1972 graduate of Maryland, Bradley returned to his alma mater in 1991 and led the Terps to a school-record 29 wins in his first year as the Terps' head coach. Prior to arriving at Maryland, he was the head coach at Jacksonville University for 12 seasons. Under Bradley's leadership, the Dolphins amassed a record of 431-291-1 (.597), won the 1989 Sun Belt Conference championship and advanced to the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Heading into the 1999 season, he has a career record of 650-564-6 (.535).

Through his first 22 seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach, Bradley has coached more than 70 players, including 23 at Maryland, who have continued their baseball careers in the professional ranks. Last year alone, eight former Terps played professional baseball.

Bradley was a two-year letterwinner on the baseball team from 1967-68. In his final season (1968), he was a third-team All-America selection and went on to be drafted in the fifth round by the California Angels. He was also named first-team All-ACC both seasons. More than three decades later, Bradley still holds the best ERA in ACC history (1.34) and ranks 12th all-time with 10.70 strikeouts per nine innings. In 1968, Bradley was part of a pitching staff that led the nation with a 0.95 ERA.

For seven years after playing at Maryland, Bradley competed in the major leagues. From 1969-70, he played for the Angels and appeared in 17 games. Following the 1970 season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Over the next two seasons, Bradley started 79 games for the White Sox and won 15 games each season. After the 1972 season, he was traded to San Francisco and played for the Giants the next three seasons. He won 23 games over that three-year stretch and was the starting pitcher on opening day 1974 at Candlestick Park. Bradley played in the Giants' organization in 1976 and the Oakland A's organization in 1977. Following the 1977 season, he announced his retirement, ending his career with 55 major league victories, 691 strikeouts and a 3.72 ERA.

One year after retiring from professional baseball, Bradley became the pitching coach at St. Mary's College (Calif.). The following year (1979), he was named the head coach at Jacksonville University. The Dolphins were nationally ranked six times during Bradley's tenure, including a season-ending No. 25 ranking in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls in 1990. Six years after leaving the Dolphins for Maryland, Bradley was inducted into the Jacksonville University Athletic Hall of Fame.

During his undergraduate career at Maryland, Bradley was recognized for his academic accomplishments in addition to his outstanding athletic career. In 1968, he was named Maryland's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Bradley returned to school in 1972 and graduated cum laude with a major in Latin and a minor in Greek. He went on to earn his master's degree in athletic teaching at Jacksonville in 1980 and became a tenured professor by the time he came to Maryland.

Bradley's wife, Kathy, is a fourth grade teacher at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Md. Their son Andy is a senior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and their daughter Alix is a junior at the University of South Carolina.


Bradley's Career

Coaching Record

Year School Record Pct. Conf. Pct. 1979 Jacksonville 28-24-0 .538 1980 Jacksonville 23-33-0 .410 1981 Jacksonville 28-30-0 .483 2-6/3rdS .333 1982 Jacksonville 39-20-0 .661 2-6/3rdS .333 1983 Jacksonville 38-19-0 .667 11-6/2ndE .647 1984 Jacksonville 39-20-0 .661 9-8/3rdE .529 1985 Jacksonville 41-28-1 .594 10-8/2ndE .556 1986 Jacksonville 38-26-0 .593 12-5/1stE .705 1987 Jacksonville 34-25-0 .576 9-7/2ndE .563 1988 Jacksonville 39-24-0 .619 11-6/2ndE .647 1989 Jacksonville 42-22-0 .656 10-6/1stE .625 1990 Jacksonville 42-20-0 .677 13-5/1stE .722 1991 Maryland 29-27-1 .517 5-15/8th .250 1992 Maryland 27-28-1 .491 7-15/8th .318 1993 Maryland 24-29-0 .453 5-17/9th 227 1994 Maryland 24-30-1 .444 6-18/8th .250 1995 Maryland 20-37-0 .351 4-20/9th .167 1996 Maryland 24-27-0 .471 7-17/8th .292 1997 Maryland 22-32-0 .407 5-19/8th .208 1998 Maryland 26-30-1 .465 5-18/8th .217 1999 Maryland 23-33-1 .412 6-17/8th .323 Career 21 years 650-564-5-6, .535 At Maryland (9 years) 219-273-5, .446 (50-156 ACC, .242) At Jacksonville (12 years.) 431-291-1 .597 (133-202 Sun Belt, .397)

Bradley's Major League Statistics Year Team GP GS W L SH SV IP H HR BB SO ERA 1969 Angels 3 0 0 1 0 0 2.0 9 1 0 2 27.00 1970 Angels 17 11 2 5 1 0 69.2 71 3 33 53 4.13 1971 White Sox 45 39 15 15 6 2 285.2 273 16 74 206 2.96 1972 White Sox 40 40 15 14 2 0 260.0 225 19 65 209 2.98 1973 Giants 35 34 13 12 1 0 224.0 212 26 69 136 3.90 1974 Giants 30 21 8 11 0 0 134.1 152 15 52 72 5.16 1975 Giants 13 6 2 3 0 0 42.0 57 6 18 16 6.21 Totals 3 teams 183 151 55 61 10 2 1017.2 999 86 311 691 3.72



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