|Position:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
Will Bradley came to Saint Louis in August 2007 after serving two years as a graduate assistant on head coach Darin Hendrickson's staff at Central Missouri. Bradley, who was a standout outfielder at UCM, serves as the Billikens' hitting coach. In addition, he works with the position players in fielding drills at SLU and coordinates the program's recruiting efforts.
Bradley has been in charge of the Billikens' recruiting efforts since the 2014-15 school year. In that time, Saint Louis recruiting classes have been ranked in the top 100 by Perfect Game each season. The class of 2016 was ranked No. 70, the highest ranking in SLU history. The Billikens recruits are routinely ranked at the top of the Atlantic 10.
Since arriving on campus, Bradley has helped the Billikens improve each year at the plate. Bradley helped coach both the 2012 and 2013 41-win teams and led the Billikens to four consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles. In 2009, SLU broke the single-season record with 113 doubles, and its 376 runs scored were the second most in Billiken history. Additionally,
Bradley helped bring along infielders Zach Miller and Braxton Martinez, who each claimed Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors. He also coached 2013 ABCA All-American Alex Kelly, 2012 All-American Travis Parker and 2010 Freshman All-American Al Alemann. In all, nine Billikens have been drafted and three have signed free agent deals since Bradley came to SLU. As of the 2016 season, five Billikens coached by Bradley were in MiLB affiliations and two were playing Independant League. In all, Bradley has coached 18 players to professional baseball careers while at Saint Louis.
Under Bradley's tuteledge, the Billiken offense has reached new heights. The 2015 season had the Billikens hit .307 as a team, the fifth-highest average in Saint Louis history. The 2010 team set SLU records with 436 runs scored, 394 RBIs as well as 121 doubles. Since Bradley took over hitting coach duties in the 2008 season, the Billikens have set records in runs, hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases. He also coaches the defense and has overseen record-setting seasons in putouts and assists.
As a GA for the Mules in 2006 and 2007, Bradley was one of the team's hitting instructors and infield/outfield defensive coaches. Additionally, he served as both the baseball and golf strength and conditioning coach. In the summer of 2007, Bradley was the head coach of the Ballwin team in the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League.
Prior to his coaching stint at UCM, Bradley was a two-time All-Region and All-Conference outfielder for the Mules. A second-team All-American as a senior, he twice helped UCM to a third-place finishes in the NCAA Division II World Series, earning a spot on the Regional All-Tournament team both times. In his senior season, Bradley set school single-season records with 13 triples and 66 games played. He finished his career with a .390 batting average, 17 home runs, 111 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. Bradley's 17 career triples is the UCM career record, and his career batting average is the fifth-best in school history.
Bradley played two seasons at Pratt (Kan.) Community College before transferring to UCM, earning All-Conference honors as an infielder in 2002 and 2003. The Canberra, Australia, native participated in the 1999 Baseball World Championships in Taiwan as part of the U19 Australian National Team. Bradley earned his bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis on corporate fitness at Central Missouri in 2006 and his master's in sports administration in 2013.