|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Athletic director||Chris Reynolds|
|Varsity teams||13 (6 men's, 7 women's)|
|Basketball arena||Carver Arena|
|Mascot||Kaboom the Gargoyle|
|Fight song||Charge On!|
Red and White|
The Bradley Braves are the intercollegiate athletics teams of Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. The Braves' athletic program is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and competes at the NCAA Division I level. The Bradley mascot is Kaboom! the Gargoyle, and the school colors are red and white.
Bradley Polytechnic Institute opened its doors in the fall of 1897, and the school fielded a football team in that first fall and a baseball team in the spring of 1998. Men's basketball debuted in 1902–03 with no coach and no home court, but was destined to become Bradley's most successful team; over the years, the Braves have played in 34 post-season tournaments, winning the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times and being runnersup in the NCAA and the NIT twice each and in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) once each.
|Men's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach||Women's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach|
|Baseball||—||Elvis Dominguez||Basketball||—||Michael Brooks|
|Basketball||Braves men's basketball||Brian Wardle||Cross Country||—||Darren Gauson|
|Cross Country||—||Darren Gauson||Golf||—||
|Golf||—||Jeff Roche||Softball||—||Amy Hayes|
|Soccer||Braves men's soccer||Jim DeRose||Tennis||—||Matt Tyler|
|Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||—||Darren Gauson||Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||—||Darren Gauson|
Bradley is best known for its college basketball success. Bradley has been to eight NCAA tournaments, including two national championship games, three Elite 8's, and four Sweet 16's. Bradley has an overall NCAA Tournament record of 11-8.
Bradley has been to the NIT 21 times and won it four times. Their postseason NIT record is 25-18. Only one school (St. Johns- 27 times) has been to more NITs, or won it more (St. John's 6 times).
Years in NIT-1938, 1939 (third), 1947, 1949 (fourth), 1950 (second), 1957 (won), 1958, 1959 (second), 1960 (won), 1962, 1964 (won), 1965, 1968, 1982 (won), 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2007.
The Braves basketball squad, was incidentally cofeatured in a 1955 Sports Illustrated article focusing on their cheerleaders. The two-page spread, heavy with photographs taken at a tournament in New Orleans, LA, keyed on the enthusiasm and school spirit of the coeds. Perhaps as irony, Bradley's basketball team, in action vs. Holy Cross, was shot as background for their avid supporters. Holy Cross defeated the Braves in this game, 89-81.
The Bradley Braves football program was initiated in 1897, concomitant with the school's founding; 3 games were played by the fledgling squad, resulting a in 0-3-0 record. The Braves continued to field a gridiron team every year, with exception of the interruption of WW2 (1943–45), through the 1970 season. Upon the retirement of Coach Billy Stone, coupled with other considerations, the Bradley Braves football program was at that point discontinued.
- Baseball – Dozer Park
- Basketball (men) – Carver Arena @ Peoria Civic Center
- Basketball (women) – Renaissance Coliseum
- Cross country – Detweiller Park & Newman Golf Course
- Golf – WeaverRidge Golf Course
- Soccer – Shea Stadium
- Softball – Laura Bradley Park
- Tennis – The Clubs at River City & David Markin Tennis Courts
- Track & field (indoor) – No home facilities
- Track & field (outdoor) – No home facilities
- Volleyball – Renaissance Coliseum
Braves in the pros
- Hersey Hawkins
- Danny Granger, played basketball at Bradley, later transferred to New Mexico before playing in the NBA
- Patrick O'Bryant
- Anthony Parker
- Lawrence Wright
- Marcus Pollard, played basketball at Bradley; played football for his pro career
- Chet Anderson
- Bob Carney
- Roger Phegley
- Chet Walker
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