PRINCETON – Megan Bradley, an outstanding talent as a collegiate player and most recently an assistant coach at the University of Miami, has been named head coach of the Princeton women’s tennis program, Director of Athletics Gary Walters announced Thurs., July 23.
“Princeton is very fortunate that it has the capacity to attract another coach and role model in the Louise Gengler-Kathy Sell tradition,” Walters commeted. “Megan was a great college player, an outstanding student, and has been a terrific ambassador for the game of tennis. We believe that Megan’s appointment will result in a seamless transition for our women’s tennis players.”
Just as Princeton made the NCAA tournament last season, playing on Miami’s home courts, the Hurricanes were an NCAA team all three years Bradley was a player as well as last season with her on the coaching staff.
“I’m just really excited that I get to be a coach at such a prestigious university with a great athletic tradition,” Bradley said. “I know the team is really good and Kathy Sell, the former coach, did a great job of establishing the program. I just hope that I can come in and really take the program to the next level.”
Bradley, a Miami alumna, returned to her alma mater for the 2008-09 season as a volunteer assistant coach following a career in sports media that led her to positions with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the USTA and two television stations in the Tampa Bay market.
As a collegian, Bradley was a two-time All-America with a 98-17 singles record, ranking fifth all-time in Miami program history, and a 34-4 career doubles record. Bradley played in both the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments during her career.
During her first year at Miami in 2002-03, Bradley attained a No. 2 ranking on the ITA singles list and was named MVP of the Big East tournament. The following season, Bradley reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament while again rising as high as No. 2 on the ITA singles chart. As a senior, Bradley was an ESPN Academic All-America selection, the ITA National Player of the Year, the ACC Player of the Year, reached No. 1 on the ITA singles list and won ITA singles titles at the National Indoor Championships as well as at the South Regional event.
Before playing three years at Miami, Bradley began her collegiate career at UCLA in 2001-02, winning honors as a freshman All-America, as the ITA National Rookie of the Year, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Bradley advanced to the final of the 2002 NCAA doubles tournament.
Following college, Bradley spent time playing tennis professionally, ranking in the world’s top 200.
Bradley earned her degree in sports administration with a minor in business administration at Miami in 2005. She also completed her masters degree in journalism and media studies at South Florida.
“I feel grateful to Gary Walters and his staff for believing in me and believing in my coaching philosophy,” Bradley said. “I’m just really excited to get started.”
Bradley’s father, Phil Bradley, played eight seasons of Major League Baseball for four clubs. Coincidentally, though no relation, Phil Bradley was a teammate of Princeton head baseball coach Scott Bradley in Seattle for parts of two seasons in 1986 and 1987.