Bernie Bradley

Bernard A. Bradley (September 9, 1909 – July 24, 1986) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head football coach at Loyola Marymount University in 1942.

Bernie Bradley
Biographical details
Born(1909-09-09)September 9, 1909
DiedJuly 24, 1986(1986-07-24) (aged 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1933–1934La Salle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1935–1937La Salle HS (PA)
?–1939La Salle (assistant)
1940–1941Loyola (CA) (line)
1942Loyola (CA)
1943–1948La Salle HS (PA)
1949Villanova (line)
1950Villanova (freshman)
1940–1942Loyola (CA)
Head coaching record
Overall5–4–1 (college football)
27–16 (college basketball)

Early life

Bradley attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he played on the football team as a guard under Marty Brill from 1933 to 1934.[1] In 1934, he served as team captain on La Salle's undefeated squad.[2] Bradley graduated from La Salle in 1935.[3]

Coaching career

After college, Bradley served as the head coach at La Salle High School in Philadelphia through 1937.[3] In 1939, he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, and in April of the following year, he was hired by his former college coach at Loyola Marymount.[2] He worked as the line coach and scout for two seasons.[4] In August 1942, Bradley was promoted to replace Brill as the head coach at Loyola.[1] He led Loyola to a 5–4–1 record.[5]

In March 1943, Bradley resigned his post at Loyola to return as head coach at La Salle High School.[6] In 1949, he joined the coaching staff at Villanova as a line coach.[7] In 1950, he worked as the freshman coach and as a scout for the varsity team.[8]

In his later life, he lived in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. Bradley died at the Nazareth Hospital on July 24, 1986 at the age of 76.[9]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Loyola Lions (Independent) (1942)
1942 Loyola 5–4–1
Loyola: 5–4–1

College basketball

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Loyola Lions (Independent) (1940–1942)
1940–41 Loyola 12–7
1941–42 Loyola 15–9
Loyola: 27–16


  1. Bernie Bradley to Step Up Loyola, Berkeley Daily Gazette, August 24, 1942.
  2. BRILL NEW LOYOLA COACH; La Salle Football Mentor Will Leave Today for Coast, The New York Times, April 6, 1940.
  3. La Salle begins the coutdown to the February 27th Hall of Athletes celebration Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, La Salle University, January 6, 2011.
  4. Loyola Drills for Lobo Game, The Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1941.
  5. Bernie Bradley Coaching Records By Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 6, 2011.
  6. Tony Delellis Named Loyola Football Coach, Youngstown Vindicator, March 21, 1943.
  7. Villanova Line Coach Joins Loyola Staff, The Los Angeles Times, Aug 18, 1949.
  8. College Football Briefs, Reading Eagle, October 25, 1950.
  9. DEATHS HERE, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 25, 1986.
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