Braddy Baseball No. 10 Little League
Jackson State University for a combined 30 years and oversaw the some of the
Tigers’ greatest successes. In 1973, T.B. Ellis, JSU’s Director of Athletics, invited Braddy to join the department as the first full-time head baseball coach. Braddy’s first conference title came during his first season. His team won back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, and again in 1989 and 1990. He also won three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 1993-95. His other league championships came in 1980, 1982, 1986 and 2000. Braddy is the winningest baseball coach in SWAC history. Between 1973 and 2001, his teams won 12 SWAC titles, more than any other coach in league history. He guided the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two NCAA play-in games and four NAIA Tournaments. Braddy was named SWAC Coach of the Year nine times. The 1964 Jackson State graduate also served as the University’s interim Athletics Director in 2000. In 2003, Braddy became the first African-American to be inducted into the American Baseball College Association Hall of Fame. Since his first season at JSU, 52 of his players have reached the professional ranks, including Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, Marvin Freeman, Wes Chamberlain, David Clark and Curtis Ford. He produced two first round draft picks in outfielder Clark (1983) and pitcher/outfielder Earl Sanders (1986).
Braddy, who was also named NAIA District Coach of the Year twice, was inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. Braddy finished his coaching career with 824 victories against 546 losses. His 1978 team won a school and conference record 52 games while losing only 12. The 1982 Tigers baseball team was the first to represent the SWAC in the NCAA playoffs. Before joining the Tigers athletics staff, Braddy coached at McLaurin High School in Florence where his team compiled a 64-14 record and won the Highland Conference championship four of the six years he coached. Braddy also played baseball for the Tigers under head coach Joe Gilliam, Sr. and was named to the 1962-63 All-Conference teams.
Braddy was named as JSU’s Athletics Director on February 3, 2006 by President Ronald Mason, Jr. Under his leadership the JSU Athletics Department flourished. During his tenure as Athletics Director the Tigers won 17 SWAC championships (football – 1 title, men’s basketball – 1 title, women’s basketball – 1 title, women’s track and field – 2 indoor and 2 outdoor titles, men’s golf – 5 titles, women’s golf – 5 titles) and won the SWAC Commissioner’s Cup (the James Frank Award) four times, as well as the men’s and omen’s sports awards. Braddy retired from the JSU Athletics Department on July 1, 2010. Since leaving JSU, Braddy has remained busy by serving his community in various capacities. In 2015, he started the Bob Braddy Little League baseball team in Jackson as a way to give back to the Jackson community and to give his vast baseball knowledge to an all new generation of future baseball stars.