Jackson State’s legendary baseball coach and former director of athletics can add another accolade to an already illustrious career as he was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night. Along with Braddy the 2017 class includes Marcus Dupree, Rick Cleveland, Eugenia Conner, Leslie Frazier and Jay Powell.
Braddy, who was also recently inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, is the winningest coach in SWAC history. The Florence, Mississippi native compiled a record of 824-546-3. He served as the first full-time baseball coach in Jackson State history and took the Tigers program from NAIA to NCAA Division I. His teams won 12 SWAC titles and appeared in four NCAA Regional Tournaments. 52 of his players signed professional contracts and two were first round draft picks.
Braddy also served as Athletic Director at JSU from 2006 through 2011.
Braddy was the first African-American to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and only the second coach from the SWAC to be inducted into the NCBHOF. He also was inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2005. As a coach, he was named NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and SWAC Coach of the Year eight times. Between 1973 and 2001 his teams won more than any other coach in league history (12).
In 1978 his Tigers posted a 52-12 record, which is a SWAC and JSU record. Braddy also played baseball for the Tigers under head coach Joe Gilliam, Sr. and was named an All-Conference selection in 1962 and 1963 as a pitcher.