Lewiston native Bill Bradshaw signed a multiyear agreement as director of intercollegiate at athletics and recreation at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Bradshaw had held the post on an interim basis since March 9, 2016.
A 1969 La Salle graduate, Bradshaw has 36 years experience as an athletic director on the Division I level, first at La Salle (1978-1986), then DePaul (1986-2002) and Temple (2002-2013).
Since his return to La Salle, the college’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were the most improved nationally in Division I. Athletic fundraising, corporate sponsorships and ticket revenues also have increased and the student athletic grade-point average (GPA) is an impressive 3.10. In 2014, he was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame.
Bradshaw graduated from Bishop Duffy High in Niagara Falls where he played basketball and stood out in baseball as an infielder. After playing minor league baseball he returned to the area and was baseball coach (1972-74) and alumni director (1972-76) at Niagara University. He received a masters’ degree in guidance and counseling from Niagara in 1972.
An accomplished public speaker, Bradshaw served as master of ceremonies at the Dunlop Sports Awards banquets in Buffalo.