Men’s Soccer Coach Retires

Posted: December 4, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gordon Bradley, the men’s soccer head coach at George Mason, has retired. He will remain at the university as a special assistant to the athletic director. A search for his successor will begin immediately, and Bradley, 67, will assist with the search.

Bradley’s retirement ends a 16-year association with George Mason that saw him compile an overall record of 183 wins, 113 losses, and 35 ties (.606 winning percentage). He also posted the most victories among the seven coaches to lead the Patriots on the field in the 33-year history of the program.

Bradley guided George Mason to three Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships (sharing the title with American in 1985 and winning outright in 1986 and 1989) and six appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1985 through 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1996). The most recent NCAA berth came in 1996 when the Patriots beat Virginia, 1 to 0, in Charlottesville before falling to eventual national champion St. John’s University in the second round.

“I have really enjoyed my time here, but it’s time to explore other avenues,” says Bradley. “I’m confident the George Mason program is in fine shape, or I wouldn’t be leaving. But it’s time to devote myself to my wife, Vera, and my family. I’ve traveled the world; she hasn’t. It’s her turn now.”

“Gordon Bradley obviously has played a large part in the success of the George Mason athletic program over the past two decades,” says Tom O’Connor, director of Athletics. “He’s a very important part of this community, and I’m pleased he’s willing to remain a part of the Patriot family.”

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