Lissa Bradford begins her 18th year as the head coach of the women's golf program at Belmont.
In her first 17 seasons as head coach, the Bruins have taken enormous strides. During the 2017-18 season, the Bruins finished among the top-six six times, senior Mallory Sullivan earned an individual title at Austin Peay, and freshman Maribeth Peevy was named to the OVC's All-Newcomer Team.
Bradford has embraced Belmont's ideal of crafting true student-athletes as her team continues to earn academic recognition year after year. In 2016-2017, the team earned the NCAA APR Recognition Award for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, six golfers: Alexi Bevans, Abbie Gregory, Megan Heath, Emma Kate Liu, Carlee Nanney, and Julia Nittoli were named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team.
In addition, the program has produced several golfers who have moved on to future success in golf after their time as a Bruin has ended. Sarah Burkhead Robson (1998-2002) iserved as the head women's golf coach at Austin Peay for over a decade, while Tracy Parsons (2001-2003) is Director of Compeititons at the United States Golf Association (USGA).
During the past decade, Bradford received two significant honors in the world of collegiate golf. In December of 2010, she was given the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the National Golf Coaches Association’s (NGCA) most prestigious honor. Then, in 2011-12, she began a four term as a member of the NCAA Women's Golf Committee. Today, she continues her work with the NCAA, serving as a rules official annually at NCAA regional and national championship events.
In addition to her Belmont duties, Lissa serves as Director Junior Golf and Competitions for the Tennessee Golf Foundation. As director, she oversees the Tennessee Golf Association Sneds Junior Tour and conducts Junior Competitions.
Bradford has known success both on and off the course on many levels. As a senior in high school at Nashville's Harpeth Hall, she won the TSSAA State High School Individual Championship. After her prep career, she was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Alabama. While playing for the Crimson Tide, she served as team captain for two years and was named to the Southeastern Conference All- Academic team. Also during this time, Lissa captured two Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships. Following her collegiate career, she served as an assistant professional at several country clubs throughout the South including two in the Nashville area: Belle Meade Country Club and the Gaylord Springs Golf Club. In 1995, she joined the Tennessee Golf Foundation.
Lissa resides in Franklin.