[NSCAA AWARDS] Bob Bradley, who coached Egypt to the final round of World Cup 2014 qualifying amid great turmoil, is the the 2013 recipient of the NSCAA Honorary All-America Award.
The New Jersey native played and coached at Princeton and rose through the MLS ranks as an assistant at D.C. United and head coach at Chicago, the MetroStars and Chivas USA before becoming the U.S. national team coach in 2006.
Bradley led the USA to the Gold Cup title in 2007 and second place at the 2009 Confederations Cup. His contract was renewed after the USA won its group at the 2010 World Cup, but he was replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann after the USA lost to Mexico, 4-2, in the 2011 Gold Cup final.
Bradley guided Egypt to the final round of African qualifying for the 2014 World Cup before the Pharaohs fell to Ghana. He was the subject of widespread scrutiny in Egypt and gained worldwide media attention for his efforts to lead Egypt to the World Cup in the midst of the turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising.
Egypt overcame numerous obstacles -- most notably, the closure of the national league in the aftermath of the death of dozens of fans at a league match in Port Said in February 2012 -- to make the final round of qualifying. Unlike the other major African soccer nations, Egypt does not mostly rely on European-born or based players so the cancellation of the national league had a big impact on the national team.
Bradley kept the team in training and found friendly matches to keep the players active. A military coup to overthrow the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsilast summer further complicated Bradley's task of keeping the team united.
Bradley was named the manager of the Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabaek on Jan. 3. He is the first American head coach at any professional level in Norway's history.
Bradley and his wife Lindsay have three children – Michael, Kerry and Ryan. Michael is a starting midfielder on the U.S. national team and recently signed with Toronto FC. Bradley’s brother, Scott, is a former Major League Baseball catcher and current Princeton baseball coach, and other brother, Jeff, is a freelance sports reporter writing for MLSSoccer.com.
Bradley will be presented his award Saturday at the 2014 All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.