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Rob Bradley

Rob Bradley

“It is very exciting to be the next men’s golf coach at South Carolina. I want to thank Ray Tanner for believing in me and giving me this tremendous opportunity. The SEC is a golf powerhouse and I’m looking forward to competing against the best teams in college golf. South Carolina is synonymous in the game of golf, and it’s important for me to build strong relationships across the state. Player development and course management are important teaching elements for me and our goal will be to compete at the highest-level year in and year out here.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9 NCAA Regional appearances in 11 seasons as head coach at Purdue (2013-24)
  • 4 NCAA Championship appearances while leading the Boilermakers ; second-most in the Big Ten behind only Illinois during the stretch
  • 3 All-Americans at Purdue, the program’s first since 2004
  • 18 All-Big Ten selections and coached the 2024 Big Ten Player of the Year (second in program history)
  • 2013 SEC Champion and NCAA Champion as an assistant at Alabama
  • 2 top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championship as an assistant at North Florida (2009-12)
  • Played professionally as full-time member of Nationwide TOUR for seven seasons
  • Four-year starter at two-time All-American as a player at North Carolina

Rob Bradley, who led Purdue University’s men’s golf program to nine NCAA Regionals and four NCAA Championship appearances in 11 seasons from 2013-24, was named head men’s golf coach at the University of South Carolina on June 11, 2024.

Bradley comes to South Carolina on the heels of leading the Boilermakers this season to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championship and a second-place finish in the NCAA West Lafayette Regional that punched the program’s ticket to the NCAA Championship for the 30th time in school history. The Boilermakers won two tournaments and finished in the top three in eight of 12 events during the 2023-24 season.

“After visiting with Rob Bradley, it became clear that he has the passion, vision and positive outlook to lead our men’s golf program,” said Athletics Director Ray Tanner.  “His success as someone who can build a program and develop young men is well-documented.  I am excited about the future of our men’s golf program under Rob’s direction.”

Under Bradley’s tutelage, Purdue has posted nine of the 10 best team stroke averages in school history, including this past season’s average of 287.57, which was second best in school history.  The Boilermakers had the second most appearances in the NCAA Championship from the Big Ten the last 11 seasons, trailing only Illinois.

Bradley had 14 different players earn a total of 18 All-Big Ten honors in his time in West Lafyette. He coached a pair of All-Americans, the first at Purdue in men’s golf since 2004. Herman Sekne, a two-time All-American and two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, became just the second Big Ten Player of the Year in program history this past season.

At Purdue, Bradley has had numerous golfers enter the professional ranks.  This season is Adam Schenk’s fourth competing in the FedEx Cup.  He finished tied for fifth in the Valero Texas Open and tied for 12th in his debut at The Masters this season.  Last season, Schenk finished 24th in the FedEx Cup and made the second stage of the playoffs for the first time in his career. He has played in 202 PGA TOUR events with 121 cuts made, 17 top-10s, seven top-fives and a pair of runner-up finishes. Schenk is currently ranked No. 51 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

In addition, Joe Weiler plays on the Korn Ferry Tour, while Stuart Macdonald, Brian Carlson, Luis Fernando Barco, Cole Bradley and Andrew Farraye are all currently playing on PGA TOUR Americas.

Bradley also has a strong history of developing coaches. Three former assistant coaches under him at Purdue are current head coaches with success at their new stops. Jake Amos was recently named the new head men’s golf coach at LSU after helping East Tennessee State to four straight NCAA Championship appearances, while Mitch Kruwulycz reached the 2022 NCAA Championship with the College of Charleston. Austin Eoff recently took over Central Arkansas in 2023 and lead the Bears to a runner-up finish at this year’s ASUN Championship.

Bradley, a former player of Devon Brouse’s at North Carolina, was named Purdue head men’s golf coach on July 10, 2013. He spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Alabama under Jay Seawell, where he helped guide the Crimson Tide to an SEC Championship and National Championship. Seawell is a 1988 South Carolina graduate and was a letterman on the golf team.

Prior to Alabama, Bradley enjoyed a successful three-year tenure as an assistant at the University of North Florida (2009-12), during which the Ospreys qualified for NCAA Regionals three times and advanced to the NCAA Championship twice, finishing 14th in 2011 and tied for 12th in 2012.

During his time at UNF under longtime head coach Scott Schroeder, Bradley helped tutor two players who combined for three All-America honors. Sean Dale was a two-time All-American, earning second team honors in 2010 and third team accolades in 2012. Kevin Aylwin garnered honorable mention recognition in 2012.

Bradley was a four-year starter for Brouse at North Carolina before embarking on a professional career. During his time in Chapel Hill, he helped lead the Tar Heels to nine tournament victories, two ACC Championships, four NCAA appearances and a third-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships.

The 2012 graduate of Excelsior College spent seven years as a full member of the Nationwide Tour (1997, 2000-04 and 2008) and was a two-time participant in the U.S. Open (1997 and 2003). He was a six-time finalist at the PGA’s Q-School and won the 1999 Kentucky Open Championship. Bradley also claimed the 1995 New Jersey State Amateur Championship.

Bradley and his wife, Chastity, have a son, Cole, and a daughter, Wesley. His son Cole played for him at Purdue and was an All-American for the Boilermakers.

The Bradley File:

COACHING CAREER
2024-present: Head Coach, University of South Carolina

2013-24: Head Coach, Purdue University
2012-13: Assistant Coach, University of Alabama
2009-12: Assistant Coach, University of North Florida

PLAYING CAREER
1997, 2000-04, 2008: Nationwide TOUR
1992-96: North Carolina

PLAYING ACCOLADES
Two-time All-American (1993, 1996)
Two-time All-ACC (1994, 1996)
T-7th at the the 1993 NCAA Championship helping the Tar Heels to a third-place finish
Two-time U.S. Open participant (1997, 2003)

EDUCATION
Excelsior College, 2012

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