Dr. Ron Bradley
Dr. Ron Bradley
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 864-503-5177
Year: 1st Year at USC Upstate
Previous College: Eastern Nazarene, 1974/Bridgewater State, 1980/Maryland, 1993

Dr. Ron Bradley, a veteran of over 35 years in the coaching ranks, is in his first season as an assistant coach with the USC Upstate men’s basketball program.

Bradley comes to USC Upstate after spending two seasons at Longwood serving as an assistant coach under Jayson Gee.

Bradley is no stranger to the Big South Conference, being enshrined into the league’s Hall of Fame in 2010 after leading Radford to a 193-124 record from 1991-2002. He led the Highlanders to four Big South titles and one NCAA Tournament berth while every player who completed his eligibility received a degree from the university.

Following his stint at Radford, Bradley was the associate head coach at James Madison (2002-03), Clemson (2003-10) and DePaul (2010-15).

The 1992 Big South Coach of the Year and a top-10 assistant coach in the nation by Basketball Scoop in 2001, Bradley was also an assistant coach under College Basketball Hall of Famer Lefty Driesell at Maryland from 1981-86 and under Driesell’s successor, Bob Wade, from 1987-89.

Bradley has coached teams to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in his career, including five trips as an assistant coach at Maryland (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988), one as head coach at Radford (1998) and three as an assistant coach at Clemson (2008, 2009, 2010).

As a member of the winningest staff in Clemson basketball history from 2003-10, Bradley helped head coach Oliver Purnell to a seven-year record of 138-88 and a .611 winning percentage that remains the best mark by a head coach in program history. The Tigers advanced to the postseason six times during that span, including NCAA Tournament appearances in Bradley’s final three years on Purnell’s staff.

At Clemson, Bradley installed a high-pressure defensive scheme that propelled the Tigers into the NCAA’s top 15 in steals per game for six straight seasons, including a school-record 11.0 steals per game in 2005-06 that was the second-best mark in the nation. He coached four All-ACC players at Clemson, including All-ACC Defensive selections Vernon Hamilton and Trevor Booker.

Bradley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene, leading the NAIA program from 1976-81. He led the Crusaders to five consecutive winning seasons.

He has a 289-175 (.623) record all-time as a head coach, including the 96-51 (.653) record he compiled at Eastern Nazarene.

A member of the Eastern Nazarene Hall of Fame, Bradley had a decorated playing career in which he was a three-time NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selection. He still holds Eastern Nazarene’s all-time scoring record, amassing 2,649 points from 1968-73 before being drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 1972 American Basketball Association (ABA) Draft.

He is a member of the North Quincy High School and New England Basketball Halls of Fame.

Bradley holds three degrees, including his Ph.D. in kinesiological studies from the University of Maryland in 1993, his M.S. in physical education from Bridgewater State College in 1980 and his B.A. in psychology from Eastern Nazarene College in 1974.

Bradley also serves on the executive board of Nations of Coaches and was a recipient of the annual Master Coach Award. He has been active with Young Life, Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

He and his wife, Denise, have a son, William, and a daughter, Katlin. The couple also has seven grandchildren.