August 2, 1929|
|Died||October 6, 2014
Trabuco Canyon, California
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
Introduced to tennis at age 12, he became good enough to earn invites to play in River Forest, Illinois and in Milwaukee. He told Sports Illustrated in a 1976 interview that he once hitchhiked to Detroit to watch Don Budge play Bobby Riggs because he wanted to learn how Budge hit his backhand.
Braden became a Tennis Professional after graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1951, while serving as assistant basketball coach at the University of Toledo. Harold Tenney hired him to become the tennis pro at the Toledo Tennis Club. Besides teaching he joined the pro tour and played against Jimmy Evert (father of Chris Evert) and George Richey (father of Cliff and Nancy Richey). He moved to California and obtained a master's degree in psychology at UCLA and Cal State, Braden joined Jack Kramer on Kramer's pro tour. He and Kramer later founded The Jack Kramer Club, where Braden served as the head tennis pro, started Tracy Austin in Tennis, and developed the "Tennis College" concept. Now very common. In 1986, Kramer said, "One Vic Braden is worth a lot of champions in helping the sport. The [John] McEnroes, [Bjorn] Borgs, [Jimmy] Connors, they've been great. But I don't think any one of them has created the interest in the sport Vic has." Vic was a good friend and patient of Dr.Toby Freedman.
- Co-founder, Vic Braden Tennis College, Star Island Resort, Kissimmee, Florida
- Co-founder, Vic Braden Tennis College, St. George, Utah
- Founder-Director, Vic Braden Tennis College, Coto de Caza, California
- 1989-2002 Board Member: Vic Braden Sports Institute for Neurological Research, Washington, D.C.
- 1986-1994 Founder, Vic Braden Ski College, Aspen, Colorado
- 1980-1990 Co-founder, Co-director, Coto Sports Research Center, California
- 1967-1969 Manager, Pro Tennis Tour/George MacCall/Charlton Heston
- 1961-1972 Co-founder, Jack Kramer Club, Rolling Hills Estates, California
- 1957-1958 Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Psychology Clinic
- 1952-1955 Head Tennis/Assistant Basketball Coach, University of Toledo, Ohio
- Contributing Most to Tennis in America (USTA)
- Orange County Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award (Sportswriter)
- Coach of the Year Award (USPTA).
- ATP Children's Tennis Award.
- Faculty Emeritus Award
- USTA Midwest Tennis Hall of Fame
- International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Educational Merit Award (1974)
- Vic Braden's 70 Minutes with Big Jake and Pancho Video
- Vic Braden's Biomechanics of Tennis Video
- Vic Braden's Strategy Video
- Vic Braden's The Backhand
- Vic Braden's The Forehand
- Vic Braden's The Serve
- Tennis My Way
Licensed psychologist (California), author, sports educator and researcher, cinematographer, videographer, sports, television commentator.
He has authored five books with Bill Bruns whom he met in 1973.
- Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1977). Vic Braden's Tennis for the Future. ISBN 978-0-316-10511-8.
- Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1982). Teaching Children Tennis the Vic Braden Way. ISBN 978-0-316-10512-5.
- Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1990). Vic Braden's Quick Fixes: Expert Cures for Common Tennis Problems. Little Brown & Co (P). ISBN 978-0-316-10515-6.
- Braden, Vic; Robert Wool (1994). Vic Braden's Mental Tennis: How to Psych Yourself to a Winning Game. Little Brown & Co. ISBN 978-0-316-10517-0.
- Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1996). Vic Braden's Laugh and Win at Doubles. Little Brown & Co (T). p. 179. ISBN 978-0-316-10519-4.
- Braden, Vic; Bill Bruns (1998). Tennis 2000: Strokes, Strategy, and Psychology for a Lifetime. Little Brown & Co (P). p. 284. ISBN 978-0-316-10503-3.
- Sportsathon! (1986). Co-authored with L. Phillips.
- If I'm Only 22, How Come I'm 82?—Tennis Is More than Just a Sport. (2012)
- Wrote foreword: High Tech Tennis (1992). By Jack L. Groppel.
- Credited as photographer: Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis.
Featured in print media
- Time magazine
Vic's Vacant Lot
Braden hosted the short-lived television series, Vic's Vacant Lot, which ran in the early 1980s on ESPN. The premise was to send Braden out with a group of children to show them how to organize competitive sports.
- Williams, Paige (2006-10-29). "Vic Braden's Mental Mojo Experience". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "Author:Vic Braden". isbndb.com. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "Victor Braden, Sr." Find a Grave 3 July 2011
- "Kalamazoo College Celebrates 175th Anniversary". Kalamazoo College. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "Champions List:1950". MIAA. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
- "Honorary Degree List". Kalamazoo College. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- "'Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful'" SI.com 3 July 2011
- http://www.newspaperarchive.com/SiteMap/FreePdfPreview.aspx?img=100592086 Wisconsin State Journal, May 5, 1975
- "Club Profile" The Jack Kramer Club 3 July 2011
- http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-25/sports/sp-16153_1_vic-braden/2 Los Angeles Times, August 25, 1986
- Vic Braden Tennis College site
- http://www.psych.ucla.edu/center-and-programs/clinic UCLA Psychology Clinic
- "Orange County Roundup". Los Angeles Times. September 27, 1985. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "Problem Solving Can Be Beautiful". Sports Illustrated. May 10, 1976. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- Garrison Sports Videos
- Joe Jares (March 25, 1996). "Two pros on winning at doubles". Daily News (Los Angeles, CA). Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Arnold Schechter (1980-12-15). "Vic Braden's Way Of Making Tennis A Love Game Among The Younger Set". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=tennis-m/misc/braden/index.htm The Sports Network
- Paul Assaiante, Vic Braden: Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis. Leisure Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-918438-23-2
- Jaroff, Leon (1989-10-16). "Teaching Tennis to Toads Vic Braden, Coach Extraordinaire, Uses Humor and Physics to Show Nonstars How to Improve Their Moves on the court". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "Vic's Vacant Lot (1982– )". IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- Official website
- Vic Braden on Twitter
- Vic Braden's Tennis Analysts Page
- Braden's Facebook Page
- Vic Braden Tennis College Profile
- Vic Braden Quotes
- TennisServer Profile