Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley to speak at Shenango dinner

Tom Bradley, assistant coach of the Nittany Lion football team, will be the guest speaker at this year's Friends of Penn State Shenango Dinner, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, in the campus' auditorium. The Penn State Shenango Alumni Society welcomes all community members to attend. Doors open at 5:45; beverages and hors d'ouvres will be available at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30. Tickets cost $40, and proceeds will benefit Penn State Shenango student scholarships.

Bradley is in his 32nd season on the staff and 11th supervising one of the nation's top college football defenses. He also is in his 15th year working with the cornerbacks.

In 2009, Penn State ranked in the top 15 nationally in the six primary defensive categories. The Lions finished in the Top 15 in total and scoring defense from 2004-09. Since 2004, Penn State has held 53 of its 87 opponents to 17 points or less, including 10 in 2009. From 2004-09, Penn State's defense was No. 3 in the nation in points allowed (15.1 points per game) and rushing yards allowed (96.99 yards per game) and fifth in total defense (290.3 yards per game).

Bradley, who has played a large role in the success of the defense and recruiting efforts during his tenure, has helped develop four All-Americans in the secondary and cornerback Justin King, a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2007. Bradley was a football letterman at Penn State in 1977-78, a graduate assistant in 1979 and became a full-time staff member in 1980.

In addition to the defensive backs, Bradley also has coached five other positions, including outside linebackers and defensive ends, coordinated the special teams and served as recruiting coordinator, bringing numerous prep standouts to Penn State throughout his tenure. Shane Conlan, O.J. McDuffie, Kim Herring, David Macklin, Bryan Scott, Alan Zemaitis, Justin King and Lydell Sargeant are among the standouts he has coached. Bradley was captain of the football and basketball teams at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Steve Hessmann at 724-983-2907.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011