Scott Bradley recently completed his 14th year as the head coach of the Princeton baseball team. He currently has a career record the 298-309-1. He is 168-112 in Ivy competition and has registered at least 10 Ivy wins in all but one of his 14 season at Princeton. Bradley has led Princeton to six Ivy League titles and six NCAA tournament appearances in that span.
Bradley’s 2011 squad is 23-22 overall and is his ninth team to eclipse the 20-win mark. The group also matched a Princeton record with 15 Ivy League wins, equalling the totals of the 2000 and 2003 Ivy Champion teams. Additionally Princeton earned home field for the Ivy League Championships series for the fourth time in program history.
In 2009 the Tigers tied for the Gehrig Division title but lost a one-game playoff at Cornell. The 2008 Tigers won 20 games for the eighth time under Bradley and the first time in four season. Princeton also finished above .500 in league play for the third year in a row.
Bradley crossed the 200-win mark during the 2006 season to become the fourth Princeton baseball coach to register 200 wins as Princeton made its most recent NCAA Appearance.
Bradley’s Tigers of 2004 won an Ivy League championship and were the last Princeton team to win an NCAA tournament game. He has led Princeton to two of its three NCAA tournament wins, against The Citadel in 2001 and Virginia in 2004.
In 2002 Bradley earned the 100th win of his career. His current record of 225-217-1 ranks him first among Princeton baseball coaches for total wins in their first 10 seasons.
Bradley, who spent nine seasons as a left-handed-hitting catcher in the major leagues for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, came to Princeton after a year as an assistant coach at Rutgers University. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina and an Essex Fells, N.J., native.
Bradley was the second pick of the Yankees (NFL Hall of Famer John Elway was their first pick) in the 1981 draft. He broke into the major leagues wearing Yankee pinstripes in 1984 and stayed in the majors until retiring in 1992. Bradley played 604 games in the big leagues, hitting .257 with 18 home runs and 184 RBIs in 1,648 at-bats. He also played outfield, third base and was a designated hitter. Bradley caught Randy Johnson’s first no-hitter while the two were teammates in Seattle in 1990. Bradley served as a minor league player/coach in the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies organizations after his playing days.
Bradley played college baseball at North Carolina, graduating in 1982. He was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2004.
Bradley’s older brother, Bob, is currently the head coach of Egyptian Men's National Soccer Team. The elder Bradley was the former U.S. Men's Soccer National Team head coach from 2006-11. He also spent time coaching in Major League Soccer as well as at Princeton, serving for 12 years as the head coach of the men’s soccer team while leading the Tigers to a pair of Ivy League titles and the 1993 College Cup. His younger brother Jeff is a baseball columnist for the Star Ledger.
Bradley and his wife, Mary, live in Pennington with their sons Kevin, Kyle and Scott.