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John Brady
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: McComb, Miss.
Alma Mater: Belhaven College
Graduating Year: 1976
Experience: 5 Years
John Brady Bio
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Courtesy: ArkansasState
Release: 08/03/2010

A proven winner in the collegiate coaching ranks, John Brady’s vision of taking the Arkansas State University men’s basketball program to the highest competitive level nationally has made the two entities a perfect match.

Brady has certainly become accustomed to success throughout his distinguished coaching career as evidenced by a Final Four appearance and 380 career victories to his credit.

The 2012-13 season illustrated Brady's success as the Red Wolves posted a 19-12 overall record and claimed their second Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship title in the last three seasons.  A-State's 19 victories would represent the program's most single-season wins since the 1997-98 campaign (20-9 record).  This past 2013-14 campaign, A-State duplicated its 19-win season as the Red Wolves produced a 19-13 overall record.  

A new era in A-State men’s basketball history began on March 19, 2008 when Brady was announced as the Red Wolves’ 15th head coach in the program’s history.

Brady's arrival paid immediate dividends for the A-State men's basketball program as in his initial three years, he turned the Red Wolves into a success story on the court by capturing a share of the Sun Belt Conference’s Western Division title in 2010-11.  A-State also compiled double-digit SBC wins back-to-back for the first time in nearly 20 years and went undefeated at home with a 13-0 record.

During his first season with the Red Wolves, Brady helped lead A-State to one of its best starts in program history and achieved a number 22 ranking on’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll. As a team, the Red Wolves improved significantly upon its defending and rebounding numbers, finishing near the top of the conference in several statistical categories. 

Brady would go on to take the Red Wolves a step further in his second season (2009-10), improving their record to 17-14 while making a Sun Belt Conference Tournament Semifinal appearance and finishing second in the SBC’s West Division. For his efforts, Brady was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the USBWA. ASU also claim top league honors in three-point field-goal defense, rebounding offense, and defensive rebounding in 2009-10.

For the 2009-10 season, A-State registered an 11-7 SBC record which signified its best conference mark since the 2006-07 campaign when A-State achieved an identical league mark. A-State’s 11 wins represented the seventh time in which the Red Wolves compiled a double-digit league victories total since joining the Sun Belt.  Arkansas State would  replicate its SBC wins in the 2010-11 season by finishing with an 11-5 conference ledger.

Prior to Arkansas State, Brady spent 10-plus seasons serving as LSU’s head coach. During his tenure at the school, Brady guided the Tigers to six postseason berths, two Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship crowns and three SEC Western Division titles. With his success, Brady was tabbed as the SEC Coach of the Year twice (1999-00 and 2005-06).

Brady’s 16-year tenure as a head coach at both LSU and Samford in Birmingham, Alabama, has been decorated with achievements.  He has coached a combined 25 All-TAAC and SEC selections, 48 academic all-conference choices, posted 11 winning seasons and collected five division championships.  Brady piled up the third most wins in LSU history with 192 and left Samford after the 1996-97 season as the Bulldog’s all-time leader in coaching victories (89) as well.

Brady quickly turned around an LSU’s men’s basketball program that had suffered four consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival, leading the Tigers to a 28-6 record, an SEC Championship and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in just his third season (1999-00) at the helm.  Under Brady’s direction, the Tigers recorded six consecutive winning seasons from 2001-02 to 2006-07 while making three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two more to the NIT. The 2005-06 campaign saw LSU post a 27-9 overall record and advance to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years.

Not only did Brady coach the Tigers to 23 wins versus ranked opponents, he also led them to victories over two teams ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll (Arizona in 2002-03 and Duke in 2005-06).  Additionally, he orchestrated a 19-game home winning streak over SEC opponents, the third longest stretch in LSU history.

While at LSU, Brady coached two NBA Lottery picks and six current NBA players.  The Tigers signed nine Parade All-Americans and four McDonald All-Americans under Brady, who also coached three SEC Players of the Year, four players named SEC Freshman of the Year, one SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 17 All-SEC selections.

Prior to taking over the reigns at LSU, Brady served as Samford’s head coach from 1991-92 through 1996-97.  He quickly turned around a Samford program, which was coming off six straight losing seasons, by guiding the Bulldogs to a 17-10 overall record in just his second season.  Brady went on to lead Samford to three consecutive winning seasons (1995-97) for the first time since 1982-84, culminating in a 19-9 overall record and division crown in 1997.  SU placed first in the Trans America Athletic Conference’s (TAAC) West Division in each of Brady’s final two seasons for the first time in program history.

Brady’s four winning seasons at Samford represented the first for any coach at the school. He directed SU to an 89-77 record after the Bulldogs went 27-83 the four seasons prior to his initial year.  Brady coached eight All-TAAC and 14 Academic All-TAAC student-athletes over six seasons at Samford.

A native of McComb, Miss., native, Brady earned his bachelor’s degree from Belhaven College in 1976.  He was a three-year starter at BC and scored over 1,000 career points. Brady, a two-time All-Southern States Conference selection, was inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.

Brady began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Mississippi State men’s basketball program where he earned his master’s degree from 1976-77.  Brady took his first head coaching position in in 1977 at Louisiana’s Crowley High School and led the basketball squad to a 129-49 (.725) overall record in five seasons.  He was honored as the 1981 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3-A Coach of the Year.

Brady returned to the college coaching ranks in 1982 as an assistant coach at Mississippi State.  He spent eight years with the Bulldogs, the first four seasons under coach Bob Hoyt and the proceeding four as a chief recruiter for coach Richard Williams.  Following his tenure at MSU, Brady returned to Louisiana to serve as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans.  Brady helped lead UNO to a NCAA Tournament berth in his only season with the Privateers.

Coaching Record

99-91 record in six A-State seasons 

380-307 record in 23 seasons overall

Coaching Honors

  • Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Award recipient, 2009-10
  • U.S. Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year, 2009-10
  • SEC Coach of the Year Award recipient, 1999-00 and 2005-06
  • Samford's All-TIme Winningest Coach - (89-77 record), 1991-97


  • Guided Arkansas State's 2013-14 and 2012-13 teams to 19 overall victories apiece, which marked the program's most single-season wins since the 1997-98 campaign.  The Red Wolves posted a 19-13 overall record in 2013-14 and went 19-12 overall in the 2012-13 season.
  • Led Arkansas State to 2012-13 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship title
  • Led Arkansas State to 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship title
  • Teams have made six postseason appearances and four NCAA Tournament berths
  • Coached nine Sun Belt Conference All-Academic selections
  • Has had 15 graduates in six years at Arkansas State
  • Has coached eight All-Sun Belt Conference honorees
  • Coached three NBA Draft Lottery picks
  • Accumulated 23 victories against nationally-ranked opponents 
  • Has two wins versus number-one ranked teams in Associated Press poll
  • Produced three SEC Western Division Championship titles 
  • Inducted into Belhaven College Athletics Hall of Fame 
Brady’s Coaching Record At Arkansas State
    Overall Conference Conf. Tourney
Year School W-L Pct. W-L Pct. Finish Finish (W-L)
2008-09 Arkansas State 13-17 .434 5-13 .278 7th-West (0-1)
2009-10 Arkansas State 17-14 .548 11-7 .611 2nd-West (1-1)
2010-11 Arkansas State 17-15 .531 11-5 .687 1st-West (0-1)
2011-12 Arkansas State 14-20 .424 6-10 .375 5th-West (2-1)
2012-13 Arkansas State 19-12 .613 12-8 .600 1st-West (1-1)
2013-14 Arkansas State 19-13 .594 10-8 .556 4th (1-1)
A-State Career Six Seasons 99-91 .521 55-51 .519 (5-6)


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