‘Greatest Trojan’ passes away
Legendary Mayfield football coach dies at 82
By Brook Stockberger
Las Cruces Bulletin
New Mexico high school football coaching legend Jim Bradley died Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the age of 82.
He roamed the sidelines for decades before he retired at the end of the 2005 season when he won his seventh and final state championship.
The New Mexico High School Hall of Fame football coach snared five state championships during two stints at Mayfield High and two at Roswell High, and even directed the New Mexico State University’s gridiron gang for a while.
Bradley had suffered a stroke in 2012.
A tweet from the Mayfield High School football Twitter account, @mhstrojans, summed up the news in one sentence: “We lost the Greatest Trojan.”
The numbers tell the story:
• Five state championships with Mayfield
• Two state championships with Roswell
• 310 career high school victories
• 23 victories as Division- I football coach with NMSU With Bradley at the helm, Mayfield won state championships in 1971, and then in 1995, 1996, 1998 and in his last season of 2005.
His sons Michael and Gary were members of his staff on that last championship team and went on to win state titles of their own — Michael as his dad’s successor at Mayfield and Gary in Farmington.
Bradley’s name graces the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
Brook Stockberger may be reached at 680-1977 or brook@lascrucesbulletin.