April 3, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Athletics Director Chip Smith today introduced Gorham Bradley as the new Director of the Catamount Club. Bradley, who is also the head coach of the Catamount men's golf team, will continue his role with the squad while also overseeing activities of the Catamount Club.
"We are fortunate to be able to hire Gorham Bradley as Director of the Catamount Club. He is an alumnus of Western, was a member of the golf team, and has done an excellent job as the head coach of that team," said Smith. "Having had the opportunity to work him over the past few years, I have been very impressed with his enthusiasm, professionalism and love for Western Carolina University. He has already met many of our Catamount Club members and alumni throughout the area and will be a superb Director."
Bradley will oversee all operations of the Catamount Club, which is the fund-raising organization for Western Carolina Department of Athletics. His responsibilities will include items such as maintaining correspondence with donors, coordinating and supervising all Catamount Club activities and fund-raising events, working with both the Club members and the WCU coaching staff and fulfillment of member benefits.
The position also works closely with WCU Alumni Affairs in coordinating events and databases.
Over the past two months, the Catamount Club has moved from under the University Advancement umbrella to now become a larger part of the University Athletics Department. With the move came a change in personnel while retaining the services of Catamount Club assistant, Sandy Neuenschwander.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to become involved with the Catamount Club," said Bradley, who is a 2004 graduate of Western Carolina. "With the energy surrounding the football program as well as the recent success from many of our other athletic teams, this gives the Catamount Club an incredible opportunity to reach out to students, alumni and friends of Western Carolina University and share with them the excitement surrounding Catamount athletics. Personally, I am very eager to take on this challenge."
He added, "I feel very confident that through the various strategic plans in place, the success of the Catamount Club and the recruitment of new and old members will greatly benefit all of WCU's athletic programs."
One of the first items set in motion by Bradley was the 2008 Catamount Golf Tour, which is a conglomerate of seven different golf events all with the common goal of supporting Western Carolina Athletics and its summer school scholarships.
Under Bradley's watchful eye, the WCU men's golf team has seen a resurgence over the past four seasons. Senior Matt Cook was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2006 and has garnered back-to-back individual at-large bids to the NCAA tournament field. Bradley, who was a four-year letter winner at Western, coached the five individuals that hold the top five individual career scoring averages, including Cook and fellow All-SoCon selection, junior Andres Cuenca.