Lourdes University athletic director Janet Eaton has announced the hiring of Josh Bradford as the Gray Wolves’ head baseball coach. Bradford becomes the third head coach in program history.
“I believe that Coach Bradford will be an invaluable asset to Lourdes athletics,” Eaton stated. “His resume speaks volumes and his strong ties to the Northwest Ohio community will be essential for the continued success of the program. He embraces the vision for Lourdes athletics and I am confident that his hiring will keep us competitive at the conference and national levels.”
Bradford arrives at Lourdes after spending 14 seasons on staff at the University of Toledo over two stints. He spent the last 12 years with the Rockets as a full-time assistant coach. Toledo’s pitching coach since 2008, Bradford was a part of a staff that produced 28 All Mid-American Conference selections, and he saw 12 pitchers and eight position players move into professional baseball.
While at Toledo full-time, 63 players earned Academic All-MAC accolades, and the squad posted a grade point average above 3.0 regularly.
Bradford spent two seasons as the pitching coach at the University of West Georgia, where he produced the first player in program history to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. He also has spent time as an assistant coach for the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, and NCAA Division II member Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Bradford played professionally for seven seasons after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round in 1996. He spent four seasons in the Blue Jays’ organization, reaching AAA in 1999 before moving to the Northern League, concluding his career in independent baseball.
Playing collegiately at Xavier University, Bradford was the 1996 Atlantic-10 Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All A-10 selection. He played two seasons for the Musketeers after playing two years at Hutchinson Community College.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be the next head baseball coach at Lourdes University”, Bradford said. “My family and I are extremely grateful to President Gawelek and athletic director Janet Eaton for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the Lourdes baseball program. The players, assistant coaches, and I will be committed to academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to get to know the guys and cannot wait to get started with them on the 26th.”
Bradford is a 2002 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.