US football coach Bob Bradley was named national coach of the year for 2009 by the US Olympic Committee on Wednesday for guiding the Americans into the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

In 2009, Bradley's squad finished first in North, Central American and Caribbean zone (CONCACAF) qualifying for the global showdown that opens in June and also reached the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup.

Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and reaching the finals of two major international tournaments were certainly important achievements and represent the collective effort of this group for the past three years.

USA coach Bob Bradley

Bradley became the first football coach to receive the award since its 1996 inception. "I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of our team as recognition for their outstanding performance in 2009," Bradley said. "Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and reaching the finals of two major international tournaments were certainly important achievements and represent the collective effort of this group for the past three years."

The award was selected by a panel of professional coaches and sport educators from nominees made by US sport governing bodies.