Rob Bradley enters his sixth year as the head men's golf coach at Purdue. Considered one of the top collegiate golf coaches in America, Bradley has turned Purdue into a force on the Big Ten and national levels.
Consider the following:
• Has led Purdue to the NCAA Championships in three of the last five years, one of two Big Ten teams that have accomplished that.
• Led Purdue to the NCAA Regionals in all five years, the longest stretch of postseason golf for the program since reaching the postseason in 19 straight seasons from 1949 to 1967. Purdue and Illinois are the only Big Ten programs to make the last five regionals.
• Purdue has posted five of the seven-best team stroke averages in school history during his tenure.
• In school history, Purdue has had 10 or more team rounds under par in a season six times. Four of them have come under Bradley, including a school-record 13 team rounds of even or under par in 2017-18.
• Led Purdue to its first Big Ten title of any kind since 1981 with a shared victory in the 2018 Big Ten Match Play Championship.
• In school history, there have been seven team events where every round was even or under par. Six of them have come in the Bradley era.
• Ten of the 17 best 18-hole rounds in school history have come under Bradley.
• Seven of the 14 best 54-hole team scores in school history have come under Bradley.
• A year ago, Brian Carlson was the highest-ranked individual player for the Purdue program since 2002.
• Eleven of the 20 best single-season individual stroke averages have come during the Bradley era.
• Purdue has won five events during Bradley's five-year tenure; prior to his arrival, Purdue won five events in the preceding 10 years.
In 2017-18, Bradley oversaw a rapid improvement from a very young team to reach NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight season. After posting just a 34-31-1 fall record and a national ranking in the 60s, the Boilermakers posted a 71-26-3 head-to-head record and rose to the low 40s in the national rankings, while cutting almost five shots off its team average. The result was Purdue's fifth straight regionals appearance.
Two years ago, Purdue rode the talents of seniors Austin Eoff and Fernando Barco to reach the NCAA Championships for the third time in Bradley's first four years. The Boilermakers posted a 290.26 stroke average which was second at the time while Eoff became the third player in school history to earn All-Big Ten honors in four straight seasons and the first to earn four PING All-Region honors. Barco was named a second-team All-Big Ten honoree after posting the seventh-best stroke average in school history (72.66).
The 2015-16 season was one of the most successful in school history, as the Boilermakers reached the NCAA Championships for the 28th time. Purdue won three events as a team, the most since 2011 and the fifth most in a season in school history. Purdue advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years and finished the season ranked No. 32, its highest final ranking since 2005 (31st). Bradley had three players named to the PING All-Midwest Region team and three players ranked in the single-season top 13 stroke average list, led by Austin Eoff's 72.76 average. Four times during the year did a Purdue player win Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors and two players (Eoff, Brian Carlson) won individual medalist honors.
In his first year at Purdue, all Bradley did was lead the Boilermakers to their first NCAA Championship berth since 2005, the program's highest NCAA Regional finish since 2002 and matching Purdue's best Big Ten finish since 2007. Purdue accomplished all that with just one senior and three freshmen in its top six golfers. Two Boilermakers (Austin Eoff, Adam Schenk) were named to the All-Big Ten team for the first time since 2007 and three golfers (Eoff, Schenk, Enzo Perez) were selected to the PING All-Midwest Region squad for the first time in school history.
Bradley, a former player of Devon Brouse's at North Carolina, was named Purdue head men's golf coach on July 10, 2013. Bradley spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Alabama, where he helped guide the Crimson Tide to a national championship.
Prior to Alabama, Bradley enjoyed a successful three-year tenure as an assistant at the University of North Florida (2009-12), during which the Ospreys qualified for the NCAA Regional three times and advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, finishing 14th in 2011 and tied for 12th in 2012.
During his time at UNF, Bradley helped tutor two players who combined for three All-America honors. Sean Dale was a two-time All-American, earning second-team honors in 2010 and third-team accolades in 2012. Kevin Aylwin garnered honorable mention recognition in 2012.
Bradley was a four-year starter for Brouse at North Carolina before embarking on a professional career. During his time in Chapel Hill, he helped lead the Tar Heels to nine tournament victories, two ACC Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a third-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships.
The 2012 graduate of Excelsior College spent seven years as a full member of the Nationwide Tour (1997, 2000-04 and 2008) and was a two-time participant in the U.S. Open (1997 and 2003). He was a six-time finalist at the PGA's Q-School and won the 1999 Kentucky Open Championship. Bradley also claimed the 1995 New Jersey State Amateur Championship.
Bradley and his wife, Chastity, have a son, Cole (who is a member of the Purdue golf team), and a daughter, Wesley.
Purdue men’s golf head coach Rob Bradley has announced that former Purdue golfer Austin Eoff will join the Boilermaker staff as an assistant coach.
Eoff replaces Mitch Krywulycz, who was recently named head coach at the College of Charleston.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back at Purdue University. My time at Purdue as a student-athlete was a tremendous experience and I can’t wait to be a part of the golf program once again,” Eoff said. “Coach Bradley is one of the top coaches in the country and having the opportunity to work with him will be a great experience for me early in my career. We both arrived at Purdue at the same time and the program has become a Big Ten contender and a program capable of making noise on the national stage. My wife, Shelby, and I look forward to being a part of the Purdue family for many years to come.”
“We are very excited to welcome Austin back to West Lafayette and the Purdue golf program,” Bradley said. “Austin was a standout player at Purdue and knows our program well. He had tremendous success and improvement in his one year at Rutgers and will be a very welcome addition to our program. He is a bright, energetic and organized young coach that will help our program immediately.”
Eoff was a vital part in the improvement of Rutgers’ golf program a year ago. With his help, the programs' two rookies – Christopher Gotterup and Oliver Whatley – shined during their first collegiate seasons. Gotterup – a PING All-Northeast selection during his first collegiate season – carded a top-20 finish at the Big Ten Championships and was the program leader in top individual finishes with five. Whatley claimed an individual title at the Janney Invitational during the fall, as both Gotterup and Whatley co-led the team with 33 rounds played.
In addition to his on-course duties, he was also responsible for cultivating swing and course statistics, scheduling practices, recruiting and managing social media content.
Eoff had an outstanding career at Purdue, graduating in 2017. One of three players in school history to earn four All-Big Ten honors, Eoff finished his career as the all-time leader in stroke average (72.82) and was fourth in top-10 finishes (19). He played the most events in school history (54), setting school records in rounds in the 60s (24), rounds of even-par or better (65), rounds of 75 or better (125 of 148 career rounds) and most birdies (441). During his sophomore year, he posted a 72.44 stroke average to rank fourth on the single-season chart and he currently ranks fourth, 10th, 11th and 19th on the single-season stroke average list.
He set a school record for most consecutive top-10 finishes with eight, spanning the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.