Silver Anniversary for a Gold Standard Coach
Aug. 31, 1996, Bradley soccer beat Northeastern Illinois 2-1, It was Jim DeRose’s inaugural game, the first of his 250 career victories. In his 25 years as the Braves’ head coach, DeRose has amassed a résumé of accomplishments.
But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved the soccer season from fall to spring.
Named national Coach of the Year in 2007, DeRose is the second-winningest coach in Missouri Valley Conference soccer history with a 250-191-54 record. He has won seven conference titles to go with seven NCAA tournament appearances. DeRose’s teams have been nationally ranked in eight seasons and the 2017 squad was named Most Improved Team in the Nation.
He’s also responsible for more than 83% of the school’s soccer victories in the program’s 33-year history. When not on the field, DeRose, serves as assistant to the vice president of athletics for special projects.
“Having the opportunity to make Bradley Soccer a name known nationally ... is a testament to the student/athletes who have called Bradley home and the incredible coaches who have been with us,” said DeRose.