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Joe Bradshaw
Hometown: Macon, Ms
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Coach Joe B. Bradshaw was a championship football coach at Noxubee County, North Panola, and Strider Academy in Charleston. Coach Bradshaw was born in 1936 in Macon and was a 1954 graduate of Macon High. He played for MSHOF member “Bull Sullivan” at East MS JUCO. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57 and received college degree at Miss. State in 1961. He took over a gridiron program at Albertville, AL, that had lost 31 consecutive games and guided his team to a 9-1 record. His coaching motto was “Be Tough or Be Gone”. He returned to Noxubee County in 1961 and took over as head coach in 1964. He led Noxubee County to 4 winning seasons in 5 years. Coach Bradshaw arrived at North Panola in 1969 and led his teams to 3 straight Chickasaw Conference titles winning 31 of 32 games from 1969-71. He moved to coach at Strider Academy in 1972 and his squads won their first 52 consecutive games. In 1975, armed with only 15 players, his team compiled a 10-1 mark. In 1978, he led Strider to their fourth of five academy state titles with only 18 players. His football teams had a record of 274-65-4 and won or tied for 19 conference championships. Under his guidance, Strider won state crowns in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, and 1982. He served as head baseball coach at Noxubee County and Strider and also coached boys basketball at the Charleston school. He was named Coach of the Year on 10 different occasions from 1960 to 1991, a 31-year coaching career. A longtime MAC member, Coach Bradshaw served on the Board of Directors and Past President of the MPSA.