The LSU Tigers, in 2006, won the SEC regular season title with a 14-2 record and won the Western Division for the second straight year. LSU has won 31 SEC games the last three years, one of the best totals in the league over the last three years, and during that time period, LSU had a streak of 19 straight conference home wins that spanned portions of four seasons from 2004-07.
The SEC Championship in 2006 was Brady's second (2000) and the school's first outright championship in 21 years.
LSU advanced in 2006 to the NCAA Tournament, defeating Iona and Texas A&M in the first two rounds in Jacksonville and then knocked off the tournament's top seed, No. 1-ranked Duke, in the regional semifinals, and nationally-ranked Texas in overtime to advance to the first NCAA Final Four at LSU in 20 years.
LSU has had six consecutive winning seasons under John Brady and only three times in the program history have there been longer consecutive years of winning. In the last eight seasons, LSU has won 158 games, an average of 19.7 a year.
Three times, John Brady has coached the SEC Player of the Year and he has coached the SEC Freshman of the Year four times, including a three year stretch from 2004-06.
Brady's 184 wins in 10 seasons are the third most wins by an LSU basketball coach and only two LSU basketball coaches have served longer tenures.
Brady came to LSU after six highly successful seasons at Samford University in
Birmingham, Ala. In that six-year tenure (1992-97), Brady turned the team into a consistent winner, posting a record of 89-77.
Now at LSU, the numbers are beginning to work for Brady both on and off the floor. He has had 33 players earn Academic Honor Roll status at LSU, plus 19 players who have received their degrees from LSU.
The 52-year-old Brady is the father of two daughters (Brittany-16, Brooke-12) and is married to the former Misty Champagne.
The Brady File
Year at LSU: Entering 11th Season (184-126 record)
Birth Date: Sept. 17, 1954
Hometown: McComb, Miss.
Children: Brittany (16), Brooke (12)
High School: McComb High School, McComb, Miss.
College: BS, Belhaven College, 1976; M. Ed., Mississippi State University, 1977
Head Coaching Career:
1992-97: Samford University – 89-77 overall, 51-39 TAAC, six seasons
1997-2006: LSU – 184-126 overall, 68-87 SEC, 10 seasons
BRADY BY THE NUMBERS
- -- NCAA Final Four Appearance (2006)
- -- SEC Championships; SEC Coach of the Year honors; Sweet 16 Appearances (2000, 2006); All-Americans (Stromile Swift – 2000, Glen Davis – 2006)
- -- SEC Player of the Year Selections (Stromile Swift - 2000, Brandon Bass - 2005,
Glen Davis - 2006); SEC Western Division Championships (2000, 2005, 2006)
4 -- SEC Freshman of the Year Selections (Torris Bright - 2000, Brandon Bass - 2004, Glen Davis - 2005, Tyrus Thomas - 2006)
6 -- Postseason tournament appearances in the past seven years
19 -- Number of LSU players who have graduated; Number of SEC wins in 2006
33 -- Academic All-SEC honorees