Princeton Coach Says Banker Accused in Libor Is Talented Leader

  • Baseball coach Bradley testifies for former player Reich
  • Reich one of five ex-Barclays traders accused of Libor rigging

The head coach of Princeton University’s baseball team said he’s never doubted the honesty and integrity of former player Ryan Reich, one of the five former Barclays traders accused of manipulating a key benchmark rate.

Scott Bradley gave evidence Wednesday as a character witness for Reich, who was a starter for the college team while he studied economics between 2000-2004.

"He was such a great leader on the team," said Bradley, who took time out of the college season to appear in court. “The one thing that we noticed straight away was his maturity levels were significantly higher than all of the others."

Reich, along with Jay Merchant, Stylianos Contogoulas and two other former colleagues, are on trial in London, and deny accusations that they conspired to rig the London interbank offered rate, a benchmark tied to trillions of dollars in securities and loans, from 2005 through 2007.

Reich handled the pressures of baseball and studies better than anyone he had ever seen, said Bradley, who played for Major League Baseball clubs including the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners. Reich played four years at Princeton, and was co-captain in his senior season, according to his profile.