Cumulative stats (All positions)
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Table of Contents
- 1 Amateur Coaching Career
- 2 Professional Coaching Career
Amateur Coaching Career
Fulton High School
Braden began his coaching career in 1961 at the high school level, serving as an assistant coach for Fulton High School in Missouri for one season under head coach Mark Burns. After the school board fired Burns, Braden and the school's basketball coach both resigned from their positions.
In 1966, Braden was the backfield coach for Parsons College.
Northeast Missouri State University
In 1967, Braden had his first role as head coach, coaching for Northeast Missouri State University, now known as Truman State University. In his two seasons with the university, the team went 9-9.
California Western University
After his two year stint at Northwest Missouri State, Braden became the head coach of California Western University Westerners, now known as U.S. International University, in San Diego. From 1969-1972, he coached the school to a 25-14-1 record at the NAIA competition level.
Iowa State University
After his tenure with the Westerners ended, Braden jumped to Division 1 football with Iowa State University as their defensive coordinator for the 1973 season under head coach Earle Bruce. The Cyclones would post a 4-7 record in his only season with the team.
Southern Methodist University
After his brief tenure with Iowa State, Braden became the Offensive Coordinator for Southern Methodist University from 1974-1975 under head coach Dave Smith.
Michigan State University
In 1976, Braden took his final coaching position at the college level when he became the offensive coordinator for Michigan State University. In head coach Darryl Rogers' first season with the Spartans, the team finished 4-6-1, and after the season Braden moved to professional football.
Professional Coaching Career
In 1977, Braden made the jump to the NFL when he took the special teams coaching position with the Denver Broncos under new head coach Red Miller. In Braden's first season with the team, the Broncos put together the team's best record in at that point in team history, with a 12-2 season and the team's first appearance in the Super Bowl. However, in the three seasons that followed, the team would not win another playoff game, and new owner Edgar Kaiser fired Miller after the 1980 season.
San Diego Chargers
After his tenure with the Broncos ended, Braden returned to San Diego, this time coaching the Chargers' special teams for the 1981 season. The head coach during his time with the Chargers was Don Coryell. Braden remained in his role with the Chargers through the 1985 season, making the playoffs twice during his tenure. The Chargers had the top ranked special teams two of his five seasons with the team (1982,1985).
St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
After the 1985 season, Braden made the lateral move to coaching the special teams for the St. Louis Cardinals under head coach Gene Stallings for the 1986 and 1987 season. However, the success of his previous teams did not carry over to his time with the Cardinals. After two years in St. Louis, the franchise moved to Phoenix where he stayed with the team for another two seasons, leaving the team after the 1989 season.
Braden left the Cardinals and began his final coaching stint in 1990 for head coach Sam Wyche of the Cincinnati Bengals. With Braden joining the staff, the previous special teams coach Mike Stock moved to coaching the team's wide receivers. His one and only playoff appearance with the team was in his first season with the team. After his second season, Wyche was fired, replaced by David Shula who retained Braden. Braden would coach three more unsuccessful seasons with the Bengals before retiring from coaching.
|1994 Cincinnati Bengals||Special Teams Coach||3-13-0||0-0|
|1993 Cincinnati Bengals||Special Teams Coach||3-13-0||0-0|
|1992 Cincinnati Bengals||Special Teams Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|1991 Cincinnati Bengals||Special Teams Coach||3-13-0||0-0|
|1990 Cincinnati Bengals||Special Teams Coach||9-7-0||1-1|
|1989 Phoenix Cardinals||Special Teams Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|1988 Phoenix Cardinals||Special Teams Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|1987 St. Louis Cardinals||Special Teams Coach||7-8-0||0-0|
|1986 St. Louis Cardinals||Special Teams Coach||4-11-1||0-0|
|1985 San Diego Chargers||Special Teams Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1984 San Diego Chargers||Special Teams Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|1983 San Diego Chargers||Special Teams Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|1982 San Diego Chargers||Special Teams Coach||6-3-0||1-1|
|1981 San Diego Chargers||Special Teams Coach||10-6-0||1-1|
|1980 Denver Broncos||Special Teams Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1979 Denver Broncos||Special Teams Coach||10-6-0||0-1|
|1978 Denver Broncos||Special Teams Coach||10-6-0||0-1|
|1977 Denver Broncos||Special Teams Coach||12-2-0||2-1|
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