Former Bronco Retires from Coaching Near Top of State Records

Feb. 28, 2005

By Dick Degnon

Chris Bradford, SCU 1969, who holds one of the greatest baseball coaching records in the history of California schools, has hung up his cleats at St. Francis High School.

His 2005 successor is Chris Volta, former Bronco Baseballer who coached for six seasons at Wilcox High School, Santa Clara.

"He instilled teamwork, motivation, and a commitment to hard work in us," said Michael Crowley, SF, 1981.

Bradford let his teams "have fun playing, which made winning fun," Crowley said.

His 30 year win-loss record at St. Francis High was 632-262 (.707), including four CCS Championships. He only had one losing season, his first in 1974. Bradford's 2004 team went 29-3 (.406).

Retired from coaching, he remains at St. Francis High, teaching English.

In 2004, Bradford received the 2004 Coach of the Year (District 8) award in Nashville, Tenn. Also that year, he was named California Coach of the Year in baseball.

Bradford's team made the CCS playoffs in 22 of his 30 years at the St. Francis High helm.

At SCU, he played second base and batted .429 in 1968 WCAC championship league play (.328) season.

He and his wife, Margaret Miller, live in Mountain View.

- Dick Degnon was SCU's athletic news director from 1962 to 1981.