Inductees Honored as one of the all time greatest coaches in collegiate sports, Alfred James "A.J." Robertson will probably be more remembered for his wonderful humanitarian contributions toward the youth of America.
The athletic director at Bradley for 28 years, "Robbie" was probably the finest three-sport coach in America during his tenure on the Hilltop. While he guided the football team to 26 straight wins in the mid 1920s, he also began building a basketball powerhouse which blasted onto the national scene in the early 1930's. His Braves made appearances in the first two National Invitation Tournaments, finishing third in 1939 in New York City. And while this was being accomplished, his baseball squads remained one of the finest in the Midwest. Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse, Bradley's former home court venue was named in his honor.
The all-time winningest basketball coach at Bradley, he ran up a 316-186 (.629) record in 26 years of hardcourt coaching. He is a member of the Bradley Hall of Fame, the Montana Sports Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame for both football and basketball.
But a list of his accomplishments could go on forever. It's his contributions to society and coaching that people still talk about, for "Robbie" will always be remembered first as a great teacher of youth. The Bradley Robertson Memorial Field House is named in his honor.
Honored as one of the all time greatest coaches in collegiate sports, Alfred James "A.J." Robertson will probably be more remembered for his wonderful humanitarian contributions toward the youth of America.
A 1974 Bradley University graduate and longtime financial consultant for MassMutual Financial Group, Paul Herzog has served as the public address "Voice of the Braves" for nearly 600 Bradley men's basketball games for the past 39 seasons, including every game the Braves have played at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum. In addition to his volunteer service for Bradley, Herzog has served as the volunteer public address announcer for every game the Peoria Civic Center has hosted in the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament during its 20-year run in the River City.
While "PA" Paul is well-known for his role with Bradley Basketball and the IHSA, his community service extends far beyond Carver Arena. A Braves Club Board of Directors member for 20 years and a past president (1992-94) of the organization, Herzog also served as president of the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter (1983-85) and the Bradley University National Alumni Association (1990-91). He also has began emceeing the IHSA State Cross Country Championships awards ceremony in 1996.
Closer to his home in Germantown Hills, Herzog has coached in youth baseball and basketball house leagues and from 2006-13 he was a member of the Germantown Hills Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served as a committe co-chair in the effort to acquire land for the expansion of youth sports in Germantown Hills, which led to the addition of 20 acres to school district property. Herzog also brought a little of the Bradley Basketball experience to the Germantown Hills Grade School Boys Basketball program by serving as the public address announcer from 2008-12.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Bradley Varsity Club Billy Stone Service Award, the Bradley University Lydia Moss Bradley Award, the IHSA March Madness Volunteer of the Year and the IHSA Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.