Coach Bob Braddy is a native of Florence, Mississippi, a former college baseball player and an alumnus of The Jackson State University. Coach Braddy is the former baseball coach for Jackson State University, coaching the JSU Tigers from 1973 to 2001. Coach made the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) history by establishing a new record and becoming the coach with the most wins, retiring with a 824-546 win-loss record, having his teams win 12 SWAC Championships, led the JSU Tigers to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament three times, two NCAA play-in games, and four NAIA Tournaments. He also served as JSU’s Athletic Director until 2011.
Coach Braddy was inducted into the Jackson State University (JSU) Sports Hall of Fame in 1985; the first African-American inducted to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003; the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame in 2005; the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016; and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. He has been named the SWAC Coach of the Year nine times. Jackson State also named their baseball field “Robert ‘Bob’ Braddy, Sr.” better known as ‘Braddy Field’ and ‘The Bob’ in his honor in 2009.
During his coaching career at JSU, 52 of his players reached the professional ranks, producing two first round draft picks in the MLB draft – David Clark (1983) and Earl Sanders (1986). Curt Ford, Wes Chamberlain, Marvin Freeman, and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd were also some of the professional athletes who were coached by Braddy.
Coach Braddy has made the commitment to continue to give back to the community by creating the Bob Braddy Little League No. 10 Foundation. The ‘No. 10’ is a nod towards his former baseball uniform number. He is dedicated to helping the youth remain off the streets by giving them the outlet of playing baseball and softball. The league operates at the Forest Hill Park in South Jackson, Miss.