Former Tennessee State University baseball player and coach Ronald Braden passed away Monday night.
Braden received a bachelor's of science from Tennessee State University in 1972. He competed on the TSU baseball team before going on to coach with the Tiger program for three years.
While attending Tennessee State University, Braden received All-Midwest Conference Honors in baseball and holds the TSU Baseball record for consecutive runners picked-off a base in a single inning, three (3) against David Lipscomb College. He also received the TSU Athletics Department Outstanding Service Award.
A native Chapel Hill, Tenn., Braden served as the sports information director and head golf coach at Kentucky State University for 12 years. His golf team won the 14th National Minority College Golf Championship in 2000 held at the PGA Golf Club in Port. St. Lucie, Florida.
Prior to his stint at Kentucky State, Braden was a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, he also held positions in Intercollegiate Athletics as Sports Information Director, Assistant Football/Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., Assistant Baseball Coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. (1973-76).
During the Continental Olympic Games in Atlanta, Braden was a member of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Press Operations Staff. He served as Interview Room and Mixed Zone Manager for the Badminton competition held at Georgia State University.
As a collegiate head football coach, Braden received SIAC Coach of the Week Honors in 1981 at Fisk University. As a collegiate baseball coach Ron coached two NCAA Champions - Reggie Jackson, Season Strikeout Champ (144 in 84 innings for 15.4 average) at Fisk University in 1981; and Denton Higgins, Triples Champ (10 in 33 games for 0.30 average) at Kentucky State in 1991.
Information on the homegoing services has not been finalized.