Brandon Bradley has been named the new head coach for Nebraska Wesleyan. The school announced this summer their intention to start wrestling for the 2016-2017 season. Bradley had been the assistant coach at Ferrum College from 2013-2015 and also coached at Whitewater from 2010-2013. Read on for more.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University has named Brandon Bradley as its first head wrestling coach. It was announced in July 2015 that wrestling would be added as a varsity sport in the 2016-17 school year.
Bradley comes to NWU from Ferrum College, a NCAA Division III institution in Virginia, where he has served as the Head Assistant Wrestling Coach the past two seasons. He assisted in starting Ferrum College’s brand new DIII wrestling program. While at Ferrum, He coached one national qualifier, in two years had six wrestlers place in top six of the region and personally planned and organized the college’s first open wrestling tournament.
“It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I announce the hiring of Brandon Bradley as our wrestling coach,” NWU athletic director Ira Zeff said. “We are very fortunate to have someone with his experience to start our NCAA III wrestling program.”
Prior to coaching at Ferrum, Bradley was an assistant coach at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2010-13. During his tenure, UWW placed third at the 2013 NCAA III Tournament qualifying wrestlers for nationals in eight of 10 weight classes, with six wrestlers earning All-America honors. The Warhawks also won the DIII Midwest Regional as well as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the second straight year.
“I am very excited and honored to be selected as NWU’s first wrestling coach.” Bradley said. “It is a great opportunity to start a brand new NCAA III wrestling program in the state of Nebraska and compete in one of the toughest conferences (IIAC) in the nation.”
Bradley wrestled four years at University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an NCAA Division II school, starting all four years for the Braves in the 149-pound weight class. He competed internationally in Bulgaria and Romania in the summer of 2012.
He will begin at NWU immediately to start recruiting student-athletes as the Prairie Wolves will begin varsity competition in the 2016-17 athletic season.