Bradley Braves basketball

Bradley Braves basketball history

Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
Carver Arena
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)

Current head coach: Brian Wardle (2015-)

  • Assoc. HC: Mike Bargen (2015-)
  • Assoc. HC: Jimmie Foster (2015-)
  • Asst: Brian Jones (2022-)
  • DBO: Mike Black (2021-)
  • CPD: Pat Althoff (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1950, 1954)
  • Final Four Appearances:  2  (1950, 1954)
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  4  (1950, 1954, 1955, 2006)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  9  (1950, 1954, 1955, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1996, 2006, 2019)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  11-9
  • NIT Championships:  4  (1957, 1960, 1964, 1982)
  • NIT Appearances:  21  (1938, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007)
  • NIT Overall Record:  25-18
  • CBI Championships(Runner-up in 2008)
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2008)
  • CBI Overall Record:  4-2
  • CIT Championships(Runner-up in 2009)
  • CIT Appearances:  2  (2009, 2013)
  • CIT Overall Record:  5-2
  • NCIT Appearances:  1  (1974)
  • NCIT Overall Record:  1-1

Conference Titles (Missouri Valley):

Award Winners:




Bradley head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Brian Wardle 2015-Pres 110-116 0 1 0
Geno Ford 2011-15 46-86 0 0 0
Jim Les 2002-11 154-140 0 1 0
Jim Molinari 1991-2002 174-152 1 1 0
Stan Albeck 1986-91 75-71 1 1 0
Dick Versace 1978-86 156-88 3 2 0
Joe Stowell 1965-78 197-147 0 0 0
Chuck Orsborn 1956-65 194-56 1 0 0
Bob Vanatta 1954-56 22-33 0 1 0
Forddy Anderson 1948-54 142-56 1 2 0
Alfred J. Robertson 1920-48 316-187 0 0 0
Bill Allen 1919-20 2-4
Fred Brown 1909-18, 19-20 91-65
Harold Olsen 1918-19 6-9
no coach 1902-09 36-33

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.