Ex-PSU coach Bradley joins WVU staff
By Bob Cohn
Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Former Penn State assistant Tom Bradley is West Virginia's new senior associate head football coach.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen, who made the announcement Friday, will designate Bradley's coaching position at a later date.
Bradley, 57, spent 37 seasons at Penn State as a player and assistant coach. He was the Nittany Lions' interim head coach for four games at the end of the 2011 season after Joe Paterno was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
“It has always been my primary goal as a coach and educator to help the student-athletes succeed on the football field but more importantly as students and future graduates,” Bradley said in a statement.
“Tom brings numerous years of successful college coaching experience and versatility,” Holgorsen said in the statement. “He's an excellent defensive teacher, has high energy and intensity and gives us a proven recruiter with regional and national ties.”
Bradley was Penn State's top Western Pennsylvania recruiter, helping bring several WPIAL stars to Happy Valley. One of them was Gateway's Terry Smith, who became a star receiver for the Nittany Lions. He is now Penn State's defensive backs coach under James Franklin and is expected to assume Bradley's former role recruiting in Western Pennsylvania.
A Johnstown native known as “Scrap,” Bradley played defensive back for Paterno in the 1970s and coached several positions as an assistant. In 2000, Bradley was named defensive coordinator, a position he held until 2011 when he replaced Paterno on an interim basis. Bradley briefly served as co-head coach in 2006 after Paterno was injured in a sideline condition.
From 2004-09, Bradley's defenses were nationally ranked in the top 15. He left Penn State in January 2012 after Bill O'Brien was named coach and most recently worked as an analyst for CBS Sports Network, Clear Channel Radio and the Steelers' radio network.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.