Jim Bracken recently completed his 28th season as the head coach of the Cal State Northridge men's golf team in 2013-14.
During the past season, the Matadors posted one top-five team finish and seven top-10 team finishes which included a season-best fourth-place finish at the Anteater Invitational (Jan. 27-28). Senior Kyler Sauer led CSUN with a 72.7 scoring average which ranks sixth in school history.
Bracken has coached nine All-Americans since taking over for the legendary Bill Cullum following the 1985-86 season. Nick Delio is Bracken's most recent All-American, setting the school scoring record following his senior season in 2010.
In 13 seasons as a member of the Big West Conference, Bracken has led the Matadors to a trio of third-place finishes (2004, 2008, 2011) and Cal State Northridge was also fourth in 2006.
Bracken led the Matadors to their only Division I conference championship, when Northridge won the Big Sky Conference title in 2000 by finishing with a three-round team score of two-over-par 866. The Matadors then went on to finish 17th at the NCAA Regionals, their first appearance in the Regionals since 1992-93. In Bracken's 28 seasons, Northridge has produced nine All-Americans and has had 32 golfers named all-conference since the 1996-97 season.
Bracken, who was named head coach in 1986, has guided his alma mater to three District 8 championships, four appearances in the NCAA Division II championships and one appearance in the NCAA Division I championships. The three-time District 8 Coach of the Year (1987-89) led the Matadors to a third-place trophy at the NCAA Division II championships in 1990, the program's last season at the Division II level. Northridge also has NCAA finishes of third in 1989, fifth in 1987 and eighth in 1988.
A 1980 graduate of Cal State Northridge with a bachelor's degree in commercial recreation, Bracken played for the school's golf program during the 1978 and 1979 seasons. His career low round was 70, shot in the Matadors' victory over Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 9, 1979. Bracken was 3-0 in 1978 and 4-2 in 1979 for the Matadors in match play. His best tournament was a 152 at the 1979 UC Riverside Invitational.
Bracken was voted all-league in golf and basketball at James Monroe High School, graduating in 1975 before earning his associate of arts degree at Los Angeles Valley College in 1978.
After college, Bracken's playing experience includes winning the Oxnard City Championship and a fourth-place finish at the Ventura County Championship. He also was a qualifier for the U.S. Amateur and was the low amateur at the California State Open and a quarterfinalist for the Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship. Most recently, Bracken and UCSB head coach Steve Lass tied for fourth at the SCGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Tournament at Ojai Valley Inn.
Bracken, born in Los Angeles, is an active member of the Southern California Golf Association and is co-chairman of the Ben Graham Memorial Scholarship at CSUN.
He resides in Granada Hills with his wife Kim and two daughters, Hallie and Carly. He also owns a pool cleaning business and is a former child actor.