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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Hoops: A New Beginning

  • Bradley steps down as girls coach to take over Eagle boys' program
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  • Josh Bradley knows that anything worth doing right isn’t supposed to be easy.
    The 2000 Eldorado High School graduate is about find out how easy his job can be and if his previous stint is any kind of barometer, Bradley is on the right track.
    On Thursday night, Bradley was named new Eldorado High School boys’ basketball coach, replacing Joe Clark who resigned after one season.
    Bradley steps down as girls basketball coach at EHS, a position he had since 2009.
    In five season, Bradley compiled a record of 76-66, including a season best 22-6 this past year.
    Bradley believes the time served as the girls’ coach helped pave the way for him to accept his new position.
    “I learned how to patient and that job prepared me to learn how to handle certain situations and officials.”
    Bradley began coaching in 2002 when he coached the seventh grade boys team. In 2004, he became the freshmen boys’ coach and in 2006, under Greg Goodley, coached the junior varsity team until 2009 when he took over the girls’ program from Wendy Kumuncha.
    When Goodley, who now serves as Eldorado Athletic Director and girls’ golf coach, got out in 2009 — it was a job that Bradley knew he wanted, but admitted he wasn’t ready.
    “I wasn’t ready to be a head coach just yet,” Bradley said. “I knew I needed to mature as a person and as a coach. I knew even then that being a head coach was more than I was ready for.”
    Bradley added that stepping down as Eldorado girls coach wasn’t an easy decision and one he mulled over carefully.
    “We’ve worked really hard at that level to build the program up from the bottom level and at the same time, try to maintain success, which I think showed the past couple of year’s when we won back-to-back Black Diamond Conference regular season championships.”
    The reciepe for success for Bradley was what he called getting back to basics, which is what he hopes to bring to the boys’ program.
    “We just need to get back to good, solid, fundamental basketball. We need to get back to ball handling, shooting, defensive execution. I don’t think there should be a big adjustment going from girls to boys, but I understand this is an opportunity to build a program where can compete for a conference title every year, a regional championship and more than anything, compete in our holiday tournament.”
    More so, for Bradley is the chance to represent his hometown.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The is where I grew up, this is where I learned how to play sports and I’ve done it under some of the best in the business. I want to be that same kind of guy for our kids. I’ve got two boys of my own that I’m going to raise here, so the opportunity to put some stability in the program, get it going in the right direction and coach my alma mater was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.com. Follow on twitter: @spydieshooter.

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