Harold Bradley (basketball)

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Harold Bradley
Biographical details
Born(1911-11-20)November 20, 1911
DiedNovember 6, 1985(1985-11-06) (aged 73)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1950Hartwick
1950–1959Duke
1959–1967Texas
Head coaching record
Overall337–169
Tournaments2–4 (NCAA University Division)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 ACC regular season (1954, 1958)
3 SWC regular season (1960, 1963, 1965)
Awards
ACC Coach of the Year (1959)

Harold Bradley (November 20, 1911 – November 6, 1985) was an American college basketball coach. He served as the head basketball coach at Hartwick College (1947–1950), Duke University (1950–1959), and the University of Texas at Austin (1959–1967).

Early life[edit]

Bradley graduated from Hartwick College in 1934, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.

Coaching career[edit]

Bradley coached for three years at Hartwick prior to gaining the head coaching job at Duke.

Bradley coached Duke Blue Devils men's basketball legend Dick Groat during his nine-year tenure with the Blue Devils, which spanned from 1950 to 1959 and resulted in Duke's first NCAA tournament appearances. In nine seasons, his lifetime record at Duke is 167–78.

Bradley was hired as the Texas Longhorns men's basketball coach in 1959 and led the Longhorns to two NCAA Tournaments as a result of winning the Southwest Conference outright twice in eight years. His 1964–65 team also tied for the conference championship.

Bradley's 1960 and 1963 Longhorns teams made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The 1960 team ended up finishing fourth regionally, while the 1963 squad was third. In eight seasons, his lifetime record at Texas was 125–73.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hartwick Hawks () (1947–1950)
1947–48 Hartwick 14–8
1948–49 Hartwick 17–5
1949–50 Hartwick 16–5
Hartwick: 47–18 (.723)
Duke Blue Devils (Southern Conference) (1950–1953)
1950–51 Duke 20–13 13–6 T–4th
1951–52 Duke 24–6 13–3 3rd
1952–53 Duke 17–8 12–4 6th
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1953–1959)
1953–54 Duke 21–6 9–1 1st
1954–55 Duke 20–8 11–3 2nd NCAA First Round
1955–56 Duke 19–7 10–4 4th
1956–57 Duke 13–11 8–6 3rd
1957–58 Duke 18–7 11–3 1st
1958–59 Duke 13–12 7–7 T–3rd
Duke: 165–78 (.679) 94–37 (.718)
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1959–1967)
1959–60 Texas 18–8 11–3 1st NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place
1960–61 Texas 14–10 8–6 4th
1961–62 Texas 16–8 8–6 4th
1962–63 Texas 20–7 13–1 1st NCAA University Division Regional Third Place
1963–64 Texas 15–9 8–6 T–3rd
1964–65 Texas 16–9 10–4 T–1st
1965–66 Texas 12–12 7–7 T–4th
1966–67 Texas 14–10 8–6 T–2nd
Texas: 125–73 (.631) 71–39 (.645)
Total: 337–169 (.666)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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