04 Sep 2018

GBSHOF: Bill Bradshaw a fixture in athletic administration

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By Danielle Allentuck, The Buffalo News

This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9.

Bill Bradshaw will never forget the moment he found out he was going to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

The director of athletics at La Salle University in Philadelphia was in his office late one night in March. He was searching for a new head basketball coach and had said he wasn’t taking any calls. But then the area code 716 popped up — an area code he picks up no matter what — and even at the risk of it being someone asking about the search, he picked it up.

It was Tom Koller, the president of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, telling him he was a member of the Class of 2018.

“It was a pretty good pickup. I probably embarrassed myself to Tom Koller,” Bradshaw said. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ And he said, ‘No, I wouldn’t be kidding you.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry I’m just really thrilled.’ ”


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