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McCort grad Bradley named defensive backs coach for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Tom Bradley, a Bishop McCort High School graduate, Thursday as the team's new defensive backs coach. (AP photo)

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Tom Bradley, a Bishop McCort High School graduate, Thursday as the team's new defensive backs coach.

Bradley, 61, replaces Carnell Lake, who stepped down Wednesday to spend more time with his family.

“I want to thank coach (Mike) Tomlin and the entire Steelers organization for this opportunity,” Bradley told Steelers.com. “I am excited to be a part of such a rich tradition here. We have a great nucleus in the defensive backs room, and my goal is to help this group continue to grow and develop as we all work toward one goal.”

Bradley, a former defensive back at Penn State, joined the coaching ranks in 1979 as a graduate assistant.

After more than 30 years at the school, Bradley worked his way up to defensive coordinator from 2000-2011, and served as the interim head coach after Joe Paterno was fired in 2011.

Bradley spent the 2014 season at West Virginia, where he served as the senior associate head coach. He was the defensive coordinator at UCLA from 2014-17. He was out of a job with the Bruins after a coaching change.

He is a Johnstown native and was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in May 2014. Bradley also is in the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.

Bradley's brother, Jim, is also a McCort grad and the Steelers' team physician.

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