Head Coach Wayne Bradford


Wayne BradfordWayne Bradford is in his 19th year as a member of the Edinboro coaching staff, and is now in his 1st as Head Coach.

He coached the inside linebackers along with serving as the Director of Development under former head coach Justin Lustig. Bradford previously served as the defensive coordinator the last ten seasons under former head coach Scott Browning, and had held the same title in 1999 under former head coach Tom Hollman. After overseeing the defensive line for seven seasons, Bradford took over as the linebackers coach in 2006. He returned three years ago to work with the linemen. In addition, he served as the recruiting coordinator.

Bradford has master-minded some brilliant defensive performances over the years in a day and age when offense has taken over. For instance, in 2011 the Fighting Scots ranked eighth in Division II in scoring defense (17.0 ppg.), 11th in pass efficiency defense, and 18th in total defense (292.6 ypg.). Edinboro gave up fewer than twenty points in seven of its 11 games.

He orchestrated the top defense in the country in 2005, as Edinboro paced Division II in scoring defense (9.3 ppg.), total defense (211.2 ypg.), and rushing defense (53.7 ypg.). In addition, Edinboro was third in pass efficiency defense and turnover margin. The Fighting Scots recorded three shutouts, the most since the 1975 team also shut out three opponents. A total of seven opponents were held to seven points or less. The unit had seven all-PSAC West performers in 2005.

In 2006, his defensive unit recorded two more shutouts while leading the PSAC in rushing defense (70.6 ypg.), good for third in the country. Seven players on defense earned all-conference recognition.

In 2008, Bradford guided a young defense that ended up having five players earn All-PSAC honors. The Fighting Scot defense tied for second in the PSAC in scoring defense despite ranking no higher than fifth in any individual category.

Under Bradford's tutelage, Edinboro has had 32 first team All-PSAC West defensive performers. He has been responsible for three PSAC West Defensive Players of the Year, with Ben Stroup earning the honor in 2006, Chris Amico the 2005 recipient, and Seth Fragale the winner in 2004.  In 2013 he coached a pair of defensive linemen – Bobby Kmetz and Chris Williams – to second team All-PSAC honors, and Domenic Principale was a second team selection in 2014.

Bradford joined the Edinboro coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Salisbury State. He began his coaching career with the Sea Gulls in 1990, serving as an assistant coach in charge of the linebackers (1990-92) and defensive linemen (1992-94). In 1994, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. He remained in that position through the 1998 campaign, when he joined the Edinboro staff.

In 1997, Salisbury State ranked 38th in NCAA Division III in total defense, allowing just 268 yards per game. His 1995 defensive unit produced a first team AFCA All-American at linebacker, and helped the Sea Gulls finish 7-2 with a berth in the ECAC Southwest Championship Game.

Bradford graduated from Salisbury State in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He completed work on his master's degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State in 1992. In addition to working as a member of the football staff, Bradford was a faculty member in the School of Business. Beginning in 1996, he was the Director of the Business Graduate Programs for the Perdue School of Business.

As an undergraduate, Bradford was an offensive lineman. He played on the 1986 Salisbury State team which finished as the NCAA Division III national runner-up.

Bradford and his wife, Gwen, reside in Edinboro with their 18-year-old son, Nick, who is a freshman at Edinboro and a member of the men’s swimming team, 16-year-old daughter, Julia, a member of the water polo and swimming teams at Villa Maria Academy, and 11-year-old son Mitchell.