St. Joseph’s Catholic School senior Bradley Kauffman watched as his older brothers pursued their dreams by competing in NCAA Division I athletics.
“I wanted to follow in their footsteps,” he said.
“He was not going to be the one brother to not be a D-I athlete,” Jared Kauffman said. “That was not going to happen.”
Bradley became the third of Kim and Collette Kauffman’s four children to sign a Division I National Letter of Intent when he accepted a scholarship offer from Winthrop University for golf.
“It’s definitely been pretty impressive,” Bradley said, “especially to see them go as high as they have.”
Graham Kauffman, a 2009 St. Joseph’s graduate, signed with West Virginia University for swimming and competed for two years at WVU before transferring to the University of South Carolina.
He completed his swimming career and undergraduate degree at USC and will pursue a master’s degree in finance at Ohio State.
Jared Kauffman (Class of 2011) signed with Ohio State, swam for the Buckeyes for two years and is transferring to USC. He will swim for the Gamecocks in the fall and continue to pursue his degree in exercise science.
“We all played a wide variety of sports, and once high school came around, we all sort of specialized in what we wanted to pursue in college,” Graham said.
As for the competition between the three growing up?
“With those two it’s been pretty tight,” Bradley said. “With me, since I’m in a completely different sport, not so much. Graham, he’s the better golfer of the two, so he kind of thinks it’s a rivalry, but it’s not. He can’t beat me.”
And as Graham said, in both swimming and golf, “You still have to have the same individual, competitive nature to succeed.”
The youngest of the Kauffmans is Kristen, a freshman member of the St. Joseph’s track team.
“She’s starting to really pick it up and do it a little more full time than just doing it for fun,” Jared said. “She’s gotten pretty good. Athletics runs in the family, I suppose.”