Ron Bradley Named Clemson Associate Head Basketball Coach


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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has
named Dr. Ron Bradley associate head coach with the Tiger program.
Bradley brings 26 years of college coaching experience to Clemson,
including 21 years at the Division I level. Most recently, he had
served as the associate head coach at James Madison University since
March 2002.

Dr. Bradley served as a head coach for 16 years, five at
Eastern Nazarene (1976-77 through 1980-81) and 11 at Radford
(1991-92 through 2001-02) and compiled a 289-175 combined record at
those institutions, a .623 winning percentage. During his 16 years as
a head coach, Bradley's teams posted winning records 15 times, and
won 20 or more games six times. In 10 different seasons his teams
won at least 18 games.

"I can't tell you how pleased I am to have Ron Bradley join
our staff," said Purnell, who coached with Bradley at Maryland and
Radford. "I have known him since we were assistant coaches together
at Maryland. I developed a strong level of respect for Ron as a
coach and a person during our times coaching together at Maryland,
and then at Radford. He took over for me at Radford and did a great
job, taking the program to the NCAAs for the first time in its
history.

"He has a doctor's degree and understands the importance of
education. He understands the total program and its mission within
the university. Additionally, he has experience coaching in the ACC.
He knows what it takes to win in this league. He also has
considerable experience as a head coach at the division I level."

Prior to his season at James Madison, Bradley coached at
Radford University in Virginia for 12 seasons, including 11 as the
head coach. He succeeded Purnell as the Radford head coach in
1991-92. During his 11 years as head coach, Bradley compiled a
193-124 (.609) record. He won four conference titles, and led the
Highlanders to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in
1997-98. That season, Radford posted a 20-10 overall record,
including a 10-2 mark in conference play, along with the Big South
Conference Championship.

Bradley guided the 1998-99 team that returned only one
starter to a 20-8 record and advanced to the Big South Tournament
Championship game. His team won the Big South regular season title in
1999-00 and 2000-01 with identical 12-2 records. In his one season
(1990-91) as an assistant at Radford he teamed with Purnell to lead
Radford to a 22-7 ledger.

A native of Quincy, MA, Bradley played basketball at Eastern
Nazarene under his father, Carroll. He scored 2,649 points and
averaged 24.8 points per game during his four-year career. He was a
three-time NAIA honorable mention All-America choice. He ranked
sixth in the nation in scoring his sophomore year, and 15th as a
junior. Following his collegiate career, Bradley was selected by the
New York Nets in the American Basketball Association (ABA) draft. He
played semi-professional basketball for three seasons before
beginning his coaching career at Eastern Nazarene in 1976-77.

During his five seasons with the Crusaders, he accumulated a
96-51 record, and his teams won three conference championships, four
district titles and one regional championship. He had two 20-win
seasons, including a 20-6 mark in his first year. Twice he was
named the Naismith Conference Coach of the Year.

Beginning with the 1981-82 season, Bradley moved on to the
University of Maryland, where he served as a volunteer assistant
under Lefty Driesell until 1982-83. In 1983-84, he was named an
assistant coach for the Terrapins, and remained as Maryland's top
assistant through the 1988-89 season. He served on the Maryland
staff with Purnell from 1985-86 through 1987-88. Bradley served
as an assistant to the Maryland Director of Athletics during 1989-90.

After earning his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1974,
Bradley completed his master's degree in physical education from
Bridgewater (Mass.) State in 1980. He earned a doctorate in
kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 1993.

Bradley is married to the former Denise Smith, and the couple
has two children, William and Katlin.

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