Gordon Bradley, former coach of the New York Cosmos and the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League, was formally introduced as the new head soccer coach at George Mason University yesterday.
Bradley replaces Dick Broad, who last week was told by Athletic Director Jack Kvancz that his contract would not be renewed.
Broad had a 86-53-17 record over nine years, including two NCAA playoff appearances.
Bradley never has coached at the college level. His contract is for one year. "It's going to be something new for me and, of course, something new means something challenging." he said.
Asked if he would take a professional coaching position if the opportunity arose while he was at Mason, Bradley said, "One second you're here, and the next second you're there. But I will not quit in the stream."
With several players returning from last year's 15-4-3 team Bradley will not have to rebuild the program. However, he said, "I wouldn't mind if our record next season is worse than last season. Rome wasn't built in one day."
Bradley said he hopes to lure some of the top high school players in Northern Virginia to George Mason. "I'm aware that some of the better players -- because of allegiance or they want to go away to college instead of staying -- pick colleges outside the Northern Virginia area. What I want is a bite of that apple as well," he said.
Bradley, who lives five minutes from George Mason and whose son, Doug, plays on the team, led the Cosmos to two NASL championships in the mid-1970s. He was head coach and vice president of the Diplomats from 1978 until 1981, when the Washington team was dissolved. In 1983, he was vice president of Team America, which lasted one season.