When former USF men’s golf coach Chris Malloy announced he had accepted a job at Ole Miss on June 14, Athletic Director Mark Harlan was left to search for a new coach.
Now, three weeks later, USF has hired Steven Bradley to fill the vacant position.
Bradley takes over at USF after leaving the same position at Mercer, where he completed his fourth year during which he won the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
Bradley captured the award by leading Mercer to the conference championship, which aided in qualifying for the first NCAA postseason berth in school history.
This past season, Bradley also coached the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, Trey Rule. While Bradley will no longer be coaching Rule, he will inherit former Big East Conference Player of the Year, Chase Koepka.
Bradley has a long history of competing in golf in the state of Florida.
“I was born in Bradenton and went to high school in Ocala, so I’m a Florida boy,” Bradley said in a press release. “For me to be able to get back to Florida is very exciting. It’s really perfect timing and combined with the athletic department, being in Florida and in a great area, the USF job is just a home run.”
In college, he played two years for both Florida and Florida State. After a 10-year break from golf, during which he worked as an account executive, he began his coaching career with Florida, serving as an assistant coach for three years and helping the Gators reach the NCAA National Championships every season.