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Vernon T. Bradley, Jr.
Vernon T. Bradley, Jr.
Year Inducted: 2007
Area of Distinction: Men's Tennis
Graduation Year: 1980

A 1980 Wesleyan graduate, Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. is a 2007 NCWC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and just the second player chosen from the Battling Bishop men’s tennis program. As a player, he enjoyed a solid four-year career that saw him become one of the most decorated athletes in the program’s history to that point.

A three-time Most Valuable Player from 1978 to 1980, Bradley was the first tennis player to receive MVP accolades on three occasions. He also claimed another Bishop milestone in 1978 when he earned Dixie All-Conference honors at #1 singles. Once again, he was the first Wesleyan player to achieve such honors.

Bradley has since enjoyed a successful career in real estate, and the Halifax native enjoys returning to campus to support and encourage our current student-athletes, always offering his words of wisdom -- "When you graduate from Wesleyan, good things happen."

The namesake of several campus landmarks, including the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Sports Complex, Dorm, and Lobby, among others, his commitment and dedication to North Carolina Wesleyan College is evident in his accomplishments both on and off the court.