COACH PROFILE: John Bradford

John Bradford
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980 (age 42)
Place of birth Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Furman Paladins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020 North Carolina FC 0 (0)
National team
1999 United States U17
Teams managed
2002–2005 Dallas Texans (assistant coach)
2003–2005 University of Texas Permian Basin (assistant coach)
2006–2021 North Carolina FC (assistant coach & academy director)
2021– North Carolina FC
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Bradford is an American soccer coach who currently serves as the head coach of USL League One club North Carolina FC.

Playing career

Bradford played college soccer at Furman University between 1998 and 2001.[1]

In July 2020, aged 40-years old, Bradford signed his first professional for North Carolina FC due to an injury crisis.[2]

Coaching career

After college, Bradford was invited to be an assistant coach with Dallas Texans Soccer Club, where he stayed in the role for three years. He then returned to North Carolina to work with the Capital Area Soccer League, now known as North Carolina FC Youth. Following fourteen years working as an assistant coach and academy director for the club, he was eventually handed the head coach role in January 2021, taking charge of the USL League One side.[2][3]


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