By Roderick Wilbon, Sports Editor
Jim Brady Head Baseball Coach for University of Missouri-St. Louis passed away November 23. He was set to start his 33rd season as UMSL’s head coach this spring. His career record of 835-665-5, is the most wins of any head coach in UMSL’s Athletic History. He also ranks 15th among NCAA Division two active coaches for most career wins and is 38th all-time in career victories.
Brady a baseball player himself played on the collegiate level at Meramec Community College, and later went on to play at then Division 2 Southwest Missouri State University (now known as Division one Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri.
Before starting at UMSL, Brady served as a teacher and assistant baseball and football coach at Parkway South High School for five years. He also served as an assistant baseball coach at Missouri State and helped guide the Bears on back-to-back post-season appearances in 1977 and 1978.
He started as the pitching coach at UMSL in 1984 under Head Coach Jim Dix. Taking the team to a league-leading ERA. Brady’s teams recorded 24 winning seasons and recorded 30 or more wins 12 times, including a school record 39 in 2003. Brady has also directed five teams to the NCAA Tournament, including a pair of trips to the College World Series in 1993 and 1996.
Brady has twice been named Central Region Coach of the Year, in 1993 and again in 1996. He was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Brady was honored with a moment of silence in the Men’s and Women’s Basketball game on November 25. He will be missed by friends, family, staff, students, and colleagues alike. Brady (1950-2017) leaves behind two sons Kyle and Tyler.
Assistant Baseball Coach Cory Wahl said, “Coach Brady meant everything to this program. He lead with a ferocity and dignity that rivals any coach. He loved the game of baseball, this university and the baseball program. He considered every player family and treated them as such. In the short time that I was able to spend with Coach Brady I was able to learn these things about him, and are just some of the things that I will carry with me throughout my career. The faith he showed in me as a coach will never be forgotten and I will be forever grateful.”
He continued, “Coach Brady will be severely missed by everyone.”