Ex-PSU coach Bradley joins WVU staff

Bob Cohn
| 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.

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