Former Princeton University Tigers coach Bob Bradley is to make history this weekend as he takes charge of Swansea City in the English Premier League vs Arsenal.
After an uninspiring start to the 2016/17 Premier League season, Swansea City are sitting precariously in 17th place, nervously flirting with the relegation zone – the club’s new American Ownership group decided to take drastic action – (albeit against some fans wishes) and become the first team in EPL history to hire an American as manager.
Bob Bradley – the former US Men’s National Team coach played for Princeton University as a tricky right winger from 1976-80. By his senior year he was revered as one of the best players in New Jersey but his playing career didn’t last long. Citing a lack of professional playing opportunities in America after graduation, Bradley almost immediately took his first steps into the world of coaching.
At just 22 years of age Bradley found himself as the head coach of the NCAA Division 1 Ohio Bobcats. After an impressive tenure, four years later Bradley returned to Princeton as head coach – He stayed for 11 years guiding the programme to two Ivy League titles and an appearance in the NCAA final four in 1993.
From there the MLS came calling and Bradley switched to the professional ranks with fascinating success. His job at Swansea is surely his biggest test yet, some fans have already expressed displeasure at his appointment citing his lack of experience in the Premier League. The club have disposed of 5 managers in just over 4 years but if Bradley can make a good start, he could soon turn some opinions around.
Can Bob Bradley save Swansea City FC from Relegation?
Good luck Coach Bradley from ICS.`
Bradley returned to Princeton again in 2010 – this time as Head Coach of the US Men’s National Team selecting Princeton’s Roberts Field for a pre World Cup training Camp. He reflects on his time at Princeton with insight from others at the school.