Soccer gains early recognition

Coach Jim DeRose’s soccer program gained recognition at the start of the 2011 regular season, as forward BRYAN GAUL ’12 (right) was named one of 42 players on the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. Gaul also was voted preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference by the MVC’s seven head coaches and named a third-team preseason All-American by collegesoccernews.com. Defender BOBBY SMITH ’12 was named one of 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in men’s soccer. 

The Braves debuted at No. 37 in the preseason topdrawersoccer.com Tournament 48 national rankings, then jumped to No.23 after being unbeaten in the first four games of the 2011 season. Topdrawersoccer.com projects the 48 entries into the 2011 NCAA tournament on a weekly basis throughout the season in its Tournament 48 national rankings. 

The Braves returned a program-record 21 lettermen from the 2010 squad who picked up steam in the second half of the season and rode the momentum to the State Farm MVC Tournament championship and the program’s fifth NCAA tournament appearance since 2000.  

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Fans meet new coach at community nights

Local fans had the opportunity to meet men’s basketball coach Geno Ford (center) at Bradley Braves Community Nights in August. The early evening events were held in Pekin, Dunlap, and Washington. Other Bradley coaches, staff members, and past and present student-athletes were also on hand. Attendees were treated to door prizes, discounted tickets, and Prairie Farms ice cream. Pictured with Ford are BRETT ELLIS ’04, MANDY PIERCE ELLIS ’04 MA ’07, and their daughter Lydia.