The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Coach Q&A: Josh Bradley

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  • What can you tell us about your coaching philosophy?
    I think my coaching philosophy is all about putting the team first and do what ever it takes help the team win. That is the way my dad taught me to play, and I hope that is what I am getting across to these kids and my six-year-old son Boston. No one person is bigger than team. I believe if everyone buys in to that you are already successful before you even play a game. I believe in going about your business with a lot of passion, energy and discipline, but at the same time always have a good time. I believe if you can teach your players to do those things, you will have kids who play hard and play together. As a coach, I don't think you can ask anything else. If you play hard and play together, the winning will take care of itself.
    What have been your greatest challenges coaching this team?
    One of my greatest challenges being a coach is transitioning from coaching boys basketball to coaching girls basketball. The emotions that come and go with girls, was something that took me a little while to get used to. And to be honest, I probably still need to work on that. I will say that I do believe that girls listen and take in what you are saying a little better than the boys do.
    What is one of your more memorable moments as a coach?
    I think that my greatest accomplishment is also my most memorable moment as a coach. My first year coaching girls basketball, the team had only won 3 games the year before and had really never had any success in High School and wasn't quite sure how to win. In our Mid-Winter tournament that year, we finished in third place and they got a trophy. Ame Whitlock looked at me in the locker room after the game and said that is the first trophy we have ever won in high school. Every girl on that team was so proud of what they had accomplished, going from 3 wins to finishing third in our tournament to winning 14 ball games that year and just getting edged out by Goreville in the Regional Final. That team and that year has been the most memorable so far for me. I do believe that this group of kids we have now, could be a really special group if they keep working as hard as they have been.
    More about Josh Bradley
    Occupation: Inspector for the Saline Co. Housing Authority
    Family: Kaela, wife. Two boys, Boston and Bronx
    Hometown: Eldorado
    Favorite team: Boston Red Sox
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