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Keegan Bradley excited for Frank Darby as new Manhattan College golf coach

Keegan Bradley hits off the second tee during

Keegan Bradley hits off the second tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on Aug. 9, 2015 in Akron, Ohio. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Sam Greenwood

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Keegan Bradley is confident the Manhattan College golf team is in good hands.

The former St. John's star and 2011 PGA Championship winner still is a big fan of his college coach, Frank Darby, who was named last month as coach of the Jaspers.

"I'm really excited about it. He'll be a great fit there," Bradley said after his practice round Wednesday for this year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Bradley, who wears red on Sundays in honor of the Red Storm (and broke out bright red shoes this past week), had been critical of his alma mater for having fired Darby before this season.

The school's most famous golf alumnus went so far as to remove the St. John's logo from his bag in protest of the decision by then-athletic director Chris Monasch, who since has been removed from that job. Bradley expressed disappointment that, when the university did make the change it did not hire his former Red Storm teammate Casey Calmi. Instead, it replaced Darby with Mal Galletta III, a former St. John's player and the head pro at Glen Cove Golf Club.

Bradley said at the Masters that he still loves the school and that he is pumped about Chris Mullin returning to coach the men's basketball team.

Now he is happy for Darby as well.

"He's a big-time coach, he's produced a lot of great players," Bradley said. Then, referring to the Jaspers, he added, "I think they should be very excited."

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