Bradley Kaaya '14
Brad Kaaya graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory in 2014. While at Chaminade, he played football during his junior and senior years. Under Brad’s leadership as quarterback, the Eagles won the Mission League championship in 2012 before winning their first-ever CIF Division II state title in 2013. Brad finished his senior year with 3,855 yards and 27 touchdowns. Twice he broke Chaminade’s single game passing record, first with 378 yards, then with 435 yards. Brad was named CIF Division II Player of the Year, Daily News Player of the Year, and Los Angeles Times All-Area Team.
Brad cites Ed Croson, Jerome Riley, Robert Harding, Paul Sauter, Todd Borowski, Todd Wolfson, April Risteff, Maureen Denny, Mike Gamble, and Robert Leight as inspirational coaches and teachers.
After Chaminade, Brad studied screenwriting at the University of Miami, where he was recruited to play football. As starting quarterback, Brad led the Hurricanes to bowl game appearances in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year and holds Miami’s all-time passing yards record (9,968). In 2017, Brad was drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions. He is the first Chaminade alumnus to be drafted by the NFL.
Though spine surgery hampered Brad’s NFL career, he credits his Chaminade education for preparing him for his next stage of life. In 2018, Brad worked with his mother to open the Jackfruit Café in West Los Angeles, an internationally recognized vegan restaurant. He is also forging a career in the motion picture and television industry, currently working as a development assistant at Orion Pictures.