Bama Men's Golf Gets New Assistant

A bad thing about being a college power is that assistant coaches are prime targets for schools that want to upgrade. A good thing about being a college power is that it is possible to attract new good assistant coaches. When Alabama Men's Golf Coach Jay Seawell lost his assistant to a head coaching opportunity, Seawell was able to hire an impressive replacement.

Alabama men's golf is in a good place right now. The Crimson Tide just missed winning the 2011-12 national championship, losing on the final hole of the NCAA Championship. And Bama has most of that team returning for 2012-13.

Not returning for the Tide is Assistant Coach Scott Limbaugh, but that's a good thing. Limbaugh was named head coach at Vanderbilt.

To replace Limbaugh, Seawell has added Rob Bradley.

Bradley comes to Alabama after three years as an assistant coach at North Florida. During his time with the Ospreys, the program qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times and advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, finishing 14th in 2011 and tied for 12th in 2012.

"I am really excited to become a part of an outstanding golf program Coach Seawell has built at Alabama, and I can't wait to get started," Bradley said. "I think Crimson Tide golf is among the best in the nation right now and the quality of players is just unbelievable. This is an opportunity to coach at a great university under an exceptional coach during a truly exciting time to be part of Alabama golf."

Bradley's duties for the Crimson Tide will include assisting Seawell in day-to-day operations of the program. He will serve as the recruiting coordinator while assisting in player development. Bradley is also the Director of the Alabama Golf Academy while overseeing alumni relations and the Crimson Tide Open.

"I'm thrilled about having Rob Bradley as a part of our golf program," Seawell said. "He brings a tremendous resumé that includes a decorated playing career and a successful assistant coaching tenure at North Florida.

"I think he will be an outstanding asset from a player development standpoint with his understanding of what it takes to be a great college golfer. He was a junior All-American, a collegiate All-American and a professional golfer, so he has walked in the shoes of our players. I am excited about what he brings to our current team, and what he will add to the future of Alabama golf."

Bradley was a four-year starter at North Carolina before embarking on a professional career. During his time in Chapel Hill, he helped lead the Tar Heels to nine tournament victories, two ACC Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a third-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships.

He captured two medalist honors at UNC, including the 1995 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the 1995 Cavalier Classic. Bradley finished seventh individually at the 1993 NCAA Championships and was a two-time honorable mention All-America (1993 and 1996).

Bradley spent seven years as a full member of the Nationwide Tour (1997, 2000-04 and 2008) and was a two-time participant in the U.S. Open (1997 and 2003). He was a six-time finalist at the PGA's Q-School and won the 1999 Kentucky Open Championship. Bradley also claimed the 1995 New Jersey State Amateur Championship.

He and his wife, Chastity, have one son, Cole, and one daughter, Wesley.

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