Bradford has devoted a major portion of his life as a coach, referee and volunteer for community youths. His boxing teams won five straight state championships with undefeated records. He coached five state championship boxers during his coaching tenure. As a boxing referee, he officiated AAU, Golden Gloves, high school, prep school, military, and college bouts. Bradford’s coaching career also included football (one state title); track (five state titles) and little league baseball. He was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1991 and was named National Track Coach of the year in 1978. Football, baseball and track fields have been named in his honor.