In the 2020 class of the NJCAA Hall of Fame inductees JJC was honored by having two decorated athletes enshrined adding to JJC’s 12 individual players and coaches already in the Hall of Fame.
Luke Andrade and Brian Bradley are the two athletes being inducted, both men had decorated careers at JJC being a part of championship teams and multiple season of performances at the top of their level.
Athletic director and head baseball coach Gregory Braun reflects on what it means to the school and sports programs. “[They] are proof that if you put in the work, your time and dedication will play off with success in the future,” Braun said.
Andrade helped the Wolves to an outstanding season in 2012 where they also captured a NJCAA national championship. Along with that Andrade earned MVP tournament honors at the 2012 NJCAA Division III World Series in Texas.
In the 2012 season Andrade finished the season hitting for a team high .396 with 95 hits including 20 doubles adding five triples, he also drove in 53 runs. After his unbelievable play and contribution to JJC he went on transferring to the University of Indianapolis.
“I am very proud of Luke he is very deserving of this Hall of Fame Award,” Braun said. “I am most proud of the young man he has become now after college and working as a career minded individual. “
Bradley played basketball at JJC, but that not where it all started. Bradley began his collegiate basketball career at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City. After things didn’t work out the Lockport high school graduate returned home and committed to play at JJC.
Averaging 22.4 points per game in 2010 Bradley helped lead the Wolves to a 30-5 season and a birth at the NJCAA Division III national championship in New York finishing one of the most accomplished season in JJC history.
Head basketball coach Joe Kuhn explains what kind of player Bradley was. “Brian was an excellent player but his biggest trait was to deliver when the game was on the line,” Kuhn said. “Probably the most important trait of his was the quality of a teammate he was.”
Along with a national title in the same season Bradley was named NJCAA Division III player of the year, NJCAA First Team All-American North Central Community College Conference (N4C) Player of the Year, First Team All-Region and to the Region IV Division III All-Tournament Team. Bradley also took part in the NJCCA All-Star Game in Las Vegas. After an accomplished career at JJC Bradley then transferred to play at Robert Morris.
“The special moments with Brian and that entire team are actually the communication and contact we all still have,” Kuhn said. “Teams that have the success they shared end up with a really strong lifetime bond of friendships.”
Both players will honored during home games sometime this season by their respected sports. JJC will now have 12 individual coaches and players that have been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. Each year the number grows giving the school good representation for current and future athletes.
“Sports evolve every year here at JJC and in college athletics. Our student-athletes continue to grow in the classroom and in competition,” Braun said. “We are always working hard to provide our student-athletes with the best possible athletic facilities and learning tools for academic success.”