College baseball season doesn’t start until the spring, but University of St. Louis baseball coach Jim Brady already has a win under his belt. The Missouri Court of Appeals decided in Brady’s favor on an age discrimination suit awarding him $1,275,000. USML was also ordered to pay Brady’s legal bills.

UMSL made Brady a part-time employee ineligible for health benefits and slashing his salary in half in 2002. Brady, now 55, and a cancer survivor believed the school did so because of his age. The university says Brady was a mere victim of downsizing the baseball program. Brady has been coaching since 1985 and with more than 600 victories; he is one of the most successful coaches in any sport among the university’s four campuses.