Brad Soderberg

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Brad Soderberg
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
Biographical details
Born (1962-05-10) May 10, 1962 (age 56)
Wausau, Wisconsin
Playing career
1982–1984Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985Wisconsin–Stevens Point (assistant)
1985–1986Colorado State (GA)
1986–1987Fort Hays State (assistant)
1987–1988Loras (assistant)
1993–1995South Dakota State
1995–2000Wisconsin (assistant)
2000–2001Wisconsin (interim HC)
2002–2007Saint Louis
2015–presentVirginia (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA Division I)
1–2 (NIT)
1–1 NAIA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
HAAC regular season (2011)

Bradley William Soderberg (born May 10, 1962) is a men's college basketball coach, currently an assistant coach for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Soderberg was previously head coach at Lindenwood University, Saint Louis University, South Dakota State University, Loras College, and an interim head coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Wausau, Wisconsin, Soderberg played basketball at Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin for his father, Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Coach, Don Soderberg. Soderberg played basketball in college at Ripon College from 1980 to 1982 before he transferred to University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, playing at Stevens Point from 1982 to 1984 under head coach Dick Bennett, and with Terry Porter (who later became player and eventually a head coach in the National Basketball Association). The 1984 team made it all the way to the championship game of the NAIA Tournament before falling 50–48 to Fort Hays State University. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 1985 with a degree in physical education.

Coaching career[edit]

Loras and South Dakota State[edit]

Then in 1986 he received his master's degree from Colorado State University in physical education. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University for one season and quickly moved on to an assistant post at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He became head coach of Loras in 1988 and served until 1993 compiling a record of 79–45.[1] He was then hired as head coach of South Dakota State University where he stayed from 1993 to 1995 compiling a record of 36–18.


After the two successful stints as a head coach at Division II schools, his former coach, Dick Bennett, hired him as his assistant at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He served as an assistant to Bennett through the 2000 season. Three games into the 2000–01 campaign, the Badgers (coming off a Final Four appearance in 2000) saw their head coach, Dick Bennett retire. Soderberg took over the heralded team and led them to a 16–10 record, but the team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Georgia State University, considered a major disappointment to many Badger fans. Soderberg was then let go from his head coach position at the end of the season, as the Badgers hired Bo Ryan.

Saint Louis[edit]

Soderberg accepted an assistant post at Saint Louis University under head coach Lorenzo Romar. After his first season Romar was hired away to become the head coach at the University of Washington. Brad Soderberg was promoted to head coach for the 2002–03 season. His first two seasons he led the Billikens to two NIT Tournament appearances. After his first three years SLU moved from Conference USA to the Atlantic 10. Soderberg was let go after three consecutive seasons without reaching the post season. He did however have a 20 win season during his final year at Saint Louis University. He was replaced by Rick Majerus.

On April 17, 2007 St. Louis sports station KFNS announced that Soderberg had been dismissed as men's basketball coach. No longer a head coach at a college, Soderberg coached his younger son's 4th grade team at St. Cletus in St. Charles, Missouri.[2] On July 7, 2008, Soderberg was named Interim Director of Athletics at Loras College.[1]


On May 14, 2009, Soderberg was named head coach of Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.[3] In his first season as head coach of the Lions, Soderberg led the Lions to one of the best seasons in school history, a record of 23–10, and set a school record for most home wins in a season, going 13–1 at home.[4] On March 29, 2010, the university announced the transfer of Kramer Soderberg, Missouri player of the year during his senior year of high school, from Miami University (Ohio) to join his father's program.[2]

In his second season as head coach of the Lions, Lindenwood set a new school record for most straight wins after Defeating Missouri Valley 77–66 for the team's 12th straight win on January 6, 2011.[5] The Lions finished the regular season 26–4 won the 2011 HAAC Regular Season Championship and earned an automatic bid to the 2011 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The 26 wins set a new best record in school history.[6] Soderberg led the Lions to their first NAIA Division I Tournament win when the 20th seeded Lions defeated 14th-seeded St. Catharine College 78–72. Lindenwood's defense held St. Catharine ten points below its season average and forced 13 turnovers in the game. Offensively, Lindenwood made 33 of 40 free throws. All three of Lindenwoods guards finished with double digit points, Kramer Soderberg finished with 27, Bazzell with 14 points, and Rose with 13.[7] Soderberg's Lions eventually fell in the second round to 3rd-seeded Mountain State University, ending Lindenwood's final season in the NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference with the best record in school history with a 29–6 overall record.[8]

In 2011, Lindenwood began the transition from the NAIA to the NCAA's Division II. Competing as an independent, Lindenwood finished the season with a 26–3 record and was invited to the NCAA's Division II Transitional Tournament in Spearfish, South Dakota. Soderberg led them to the Division II Transitional National champions by defeating Minot State and Sioux Falls to end the season with a final 28–3 record.[9]

Lindenwood announced their entry into the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[10] Although ineligible for post-season play during the transition to Division II, Soderberg's Lions finished their first regular season in the MIAA in a third place tie in the fifteen team league.[11]


On April 17, 2015, Soderberg was named an assistant coach at Virginia, serving under Dick Bennett's son and former Wisconsin assistant, Tony Bennett.[12][13]


Soderberg and his wife, Linda, have a daughter, Daley, and two sons, Kramer and Davis.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Loras Duhawks (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1988–1993)
1988–89 Loras 17–7 11–5 3rd
1989–90 Loras 14–11 11–5 2nd
1990–91 Loras 17–8 11–5 3rd
1991–92 Loras 16–10 10–6 3rd
1992–93 Loras 15–9 10–6 3rd
Loras: 79–45 (.637) 53–27 (.663)
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (North Central Conference) (1993–1995)
1993–94 South Dakota State 19–8 11–7 3rd
1994–95 South Dakota State 17–10 10–8 6th
South Dakota State: 36–18 (.667) 21–15 (.583)
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2001)
2000–01 Wisconsin 16–10 9–7 5th NCAA Division I First Round
Wisconsin: 16–10 (.615) 9–7 (.563)
Saint Louis Billikens (Conference USA) (2002–2005)
2002–03 Saint Louis 16–14 9–7 4th NIT First Round
2003–04 Saint Louis 19–13 9–7 6th NIT Second Round
2004–05 Saint Louis 9–21 6–10 10th
Saint Louis Billikens (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2005–2007)
2005–06 Saint Louis 16–13 10–6 3rd
2006–07 Saint Louis 20–13 8–8 7th
Saint Louis: 80–74 (.519) 42–38 (.525)
Lindenwood Lions (Heart of America Athletic Conference) (2009–2011)
2009–10 Lindenwood 23–10 13–7 4th
2010–11 Lindenwood 29–6 17–3 T–1st NAIA Division I Second Round
Lindenwood Lions (NCAA Division II independent) (2011–2012)
2011–12 Lindenwood 28–3
Lindenwood Lions (Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2012–2015)
2012–13 Lindenwood 19–7 12–6 T–3rd Ineligible during transition to NCAA Division II
2013–14 Lindenwood 11–19 6–13 11th
2014–15 Lindenwood 17–12 12–7 4th
Lindenwood: 127–57 (.690) 60–36 (.625)
Total: 338–204 (.624)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "Loras names Brad Soderberg interim athletic director". Loras College. July 7, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Lucas, Mike (May 16, 2010). "At last, Soderberg gets his father-son moment". Capital Newspapers. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Brad Soderberg to be named Lindenwood University men's basketball coach". KSDK. 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Coaching Staff:Brad Soderberg". Lindenwood University. 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Lindenwood Sets New School Mark With 12th Straight Victory". Lindenwood University. January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Basketball Teams Continue Playoff Week On Friday and Saturday". Lindenwood University. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Wins NAIA Tournament First-Round Contest". Lindenwood University. March 16, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lions Fall In NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament Second Round". Lindenwood University. March 18, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
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  12. ^ "Soderberg Named Assistant Coach at Virginia" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Teel, David (April 17, 2015). The Daily Press Retrieved April 17, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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