Ryan Bradley Named Rogers State Athletic Director
CLAREMORE, Okla. - Rogers State University President Dr. Larry Rice has named a familiar face to the helm of the Hillcat athletic department. Ryan Bradley, associate athletic director for external relations, was appointed as the new director of athletics Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in the Centennial Center on the RSU campus.
“I am pleased to have Ryan Bradley guiding our athletic department,” Rice said. “Ryan is a very talented and hard-working individual who has been involved virtually from day one of the successful reintroduction of athletics at RSU. His work ethic, leadership skills and passion for RSU athletics will be a great asset for our future athletic endeavors.”
A Claremore, Okla. native, Bradley has served on the Hill since the inception of athletics in 2006. He was the school's first sports information director and was promoted to assistant athletic director for media relations and communications in March 2009. Bradley was elevated to associate athletic director for external relations in August 2010. At 28 years old, he becomes one of the youngest athletic directors in the country at a four-year institution.
“I am honored to be chosen as the athletic director at Rogers State,” Bradley said. “It has been a privilege to work at RSU for the past five years and I’m excited and humbled to have the opportunity to continue to lead the program forward. Great days are ahead for Hillcat Athletics.”
Bradley has been instrumental in the development and organization of RSU's fundraising and marketing initiatives. As the associate athletic director, his duties included fundraising, marketing, promotions, game management, oversight of the media relations department and athletic administrator for several sports. He has also performed various broadcasting roles for the university, including serving as the voice of Hillcat baseball and softball on RSU Radio 91.3 FM.
Bradley has been involved in the planning of several construction projects, including four million dollars’ worth of impending enhancements to the baseball, softball, soccer and cross country facilities. RSU plans to break ground on these projects later this year.
During his five years with the Hillcats, Bradley has developed an athletic website (www.rsuhillcats.com) and produced several award-winning publications. Most recently, he launched a number of new media initiatives for the RSU athletics department. The Hillcats now offer live audio and video streaming for select athletic events, a free RSU Athletics app for mobile devices, and boast popular Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.
Bradley becomes the second athletic director at RSU and takes the reigns from interim athletic director Ron Bradley, who has served since February after the resignation of Wren Baker.
Prior to joining the athletics staff at RSU, Bradley worked in the media relations office of the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas where he gained experience as a student assistant in the athletic department. He will complete work on a masters of sports administration at East Central University next month.
Bradley and his wife Heather reside in Claremore. They have two children, Madison (9) and Baron (8 months).