Loyola Chicago adds Bradley as Assistant Basketball Coach

Loyola University head men’s basketball coach Drew Valentine announced the addition of Justin Bradley to the Ramblers’ staff as an assistant coach.

“We’re really fortunate to add a talented coach like Justin to our staff,” said Valentine. “I’ve built a great relationship with JB over the years and I really respect his ability in all facets of the job. Justin is an experienced on-floor coach that has a proven eye for talent on the recruiting trail. I couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Loyola basketball family.”

Bradley most recently served as an assistant coach at Seattle U during the 2022-23 season, helping the Redhawks to a 20-12 record last year and a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Additionally, Bradley helped coach Cameron Tyson and Riley Grigsby to All-WAC honors this past season.

“I am extremely thankful and excited to be in the great city of Chicago and working with Coach Valentine and the rest of the staff,” said Bradley. I look forward to representing such a proud program and helping elevate the Ramblers in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Drew is a star and I will do everything I can to keep Coach Valentine and Loyola nationally relevant. Go ‘Blers!”

Bradley has proven to be one of the nation’s top young basketball coaches, being named to Silver Waves Media’s 2021-22 and 2022-23 Most Impactful Mid Major DI Assistant Coaches list. He also earned recognition on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) prestigious 30-under-30 Team in 2018.

Bradley went to the Pacific Northwest after spending six years in the Northeast. He was an assistant coach on staff at Dartmouth College in 2015-16, then spent two successful seasons (2016-18) at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., helping the Ephs advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2017 and finish both campaigns ranked fifth in the country.

He was involved in all aspects of the recruiting process, assisting in game preparation and strategy while overseeing the player development for perimeter players. Three players earned All-NESCAC honors during his time at Williams, including 2018 Player of the Year and second-team All-American James Heskett.

Bradley returned to Dartmouth as an assistant coach beginning in 2018-19, before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season while recruiting and coaching current Rambler Dame Adelekun. Regarded as a top-notch teacher and a global recruiter, Bradley helped mentor several all-conference players including former Rambler Chris Knight (second team twice), Brendan Barry (second team) and Evan Boudreaux (Rookie of the Year/second team).

Leading all recruiting efforts for the Big Green program, Bradley was instrumental in landing some of the best consecutive recruiting classes in Dartmouth history. His niche as a global recruiter allowed for roster diversity from 13 different states and four foreign countries.

Prior to his first stint at Dartmouth, Bradley spent two seasons working at North Carolina Central as the director of basketball operations. The Eagles posted a combined record of 53-14 and 31-1 in MEAC play during his tenure, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and the NIT in 2015.

A 2013 graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., with a degree in political science, Bradley was a player and student coach of the Quaker basketball team that went 81-31 during his four years there, advancing to the Division III Final Four during his rookie season.

Bradley completed his master’s degree in athletic administration at NCCU in July of 2016.


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