LUBBOCK, Texas — The winningest baseball coach in Southwestern Athletic Conference history has been selected for the 2016 induction class for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bob Braddy compiled an 824-546 record in 28 years at Jackson State. His teams advanced to the NCAA tournament three times and he was named NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and SWAC Coach of the Year eight times. He was the first African-American to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003, and he also was inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2005.
This year’s class, headlined by University of Texas coach Augie Garrido, winner of five national championships and the winningest coach in college baseball history, will be inducted as a part of the annual Night of Champions celebration of college baseball on July 1-2 in Lubbock, Texas.
Joining Braddy and Garrido will be Florida State's JD Drew, a two-time consensus All-American and winner of five national player of the year awards in 1997.
Also included in the class are Marietta College pitcher Matt DeSalvo, Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday, University of Houston’s Tom Paciorek and Valdosta State coach Tommy Thomas, the winningest coach in NCAA Division II history.
“We are excited to induct this class,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “It is remarkable that this is our 11th induction class and they are this accomplished.”