Relentless Pride …….Honored Tradition
Coach Dills is officially beginning his 1st year with the Bears although he has been a part of the program since 2014 helping with Hudl on Friday nights. Dills started his coaching career in the Bradley County system helping Lake Forest Football from 2012-2016 and has been Lake Forest's 6th grade boy's basketball coach since 2013 winning multiple county championships. Coach Dills is a Bradley High Alumni graduating in 2010 where he excelled in Football and Baseball for the Bears earning numerous awards and accolades for Coach Floyd and Baseball Coach, Travis Adams. Coach Dills will be working with the running backs while also in charge of Hudl sideline set up.
Coach Dills is single and is presently working in the Special Education Department at Lake Forest Middle School.
Isaac Robison is beginning his 3rd year with the Bears staff where he will be in charge of the defensive secondary as well as taking over the JV Head Coach responsibilities . Coach Robison also brings his expertise in conditioning and strength training helping players reach their full potential. Coach Robison prepped at Provo High School in Provo, Utah playing under Head Football Coach Clint Christianson. Coach Robinson excelled in both football and track in high school and would move on to play college football at BYU under Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall while also running track for the Cougars.
Coach Robison currently teaches Spanish at Bradley Central High School while also being vital part of the track coaching staff. He is married to Bradley High Alumni Jessica and has three children, Bradley, Juliet, and Jayson.
Coach Payne is beginning his 2nd year with the Bears. Last Year Coach Payne served as a volunteer assistant for the Bears while he finished his student teaching assignment and degree from Tennessee Tech University. This Year he will be a full time assistant working with the defensive line while being in charge of hudl uploads after games. Coach Payne prepped at Boyd Buchanan playing for two of the most respected high school football coaches in the area, Grant Reynolds and Robert Aikens. Coach Paynes coaching career began with a two year stint at Boyd-Buchanan Middle School.
Coach Payne is in a relationship with Kaitlyn and will be teaching Biology at Bradley High School this year.
Andy Bailey is beginning his 3rd year as the kicking coach for the Bears. Coach Bailey comes to the Bears with a very impressive resume kicking for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2003 till 2007 after an All-State career at McMinn County.
Casey Hybarger is beginning his 3rd year as a member of the Bear Football Staff. Casey played college football at UTC under Head Coach Russ Huesman where he played on the offensive line. Coach Hybarger prepped at Walker Valley High School playing for Ted Lockerby a Bradley Central Alumni. Coach Hybarger joined the bear staff in 2016 helping with the J.V. offensive line. This year Coach Hybarger will be taking over the varsity offensive line.
Coach Hybarger is single and is currently working on getting his masters in education, graduating in December 2018.
Coach Blalock is beginning his 4th year with the Bears and is beginning his 22nd year of coaching. Coach Blalock prepped at Chattanooga Central where he wrestled and played football for Chattanooga Central legend, Coach John Crawford. A graduate of UTC, Coach Blalock has been a journey man with coaching stops at Dalton, Chattanooga Central, Murray County and Walker Valley. Coach Blalock will be in charge of the outside linebackers while also being instrumental in ordering and organizing equipment.
Coach Blalock is currently teaching Science here at Bradley Central and is married to Renee and has one daughter, Illiana.
Mickey Clark is beginning his 7th year as Team Chaplin for the Bears.
Football Operations Manager
Coach Phillips is beginning his 12th year as a member of the Bear Staff where he has been a vital part of the coaching staff in charge of game day responsibilities. Coach Phillips ability to get things done in an efficient manner and his "I got this" attitude sets the example and tone for our players as well as the other coaches on staff. Coach Phillips unselfish approach to no job is ever to small or big for him creates an atmosphere of service to others, something that is beyond X's and O's.
Coach Phillips is a graduate of Red Bank High School.
Coach Pope is beginning his 3rd year with the Bears. Coach Pope graduated from Bradley High School in 2010 where he played receiver for the Bears. He began his football coaching career at Sale Creek Middle in 2011 joining the Lake Forest Middle School staff in 2014. Coach Pope would join the Bears staff in 2016 working with the quarterbacks. Coach Pope will take over the J.V. offense this year and be responsible for our Hudl side line set up.
Coach Pope is currently attending UTC majoring in education and also is an IT tech at Jones Management. He is married to Paige who is a teacher at Walker Valley High School.
Coach Moody is beginning his 1st year as the Bears Offensive Coordinator. Coach Moody has been an integral part of the success of the overall football program since his arrival. He will begin his 6th year coaching for the Bears and will also remain the running backs coach. Coach Moody began his coaching career with a one year stint at McMinn County before joining the Bradley staff. He was a 2005 graduate of the Cherokees, playing line backer for former Bear Coach Brad Bennent. He would go on to play college football as a linebacker for Maryville College, graduating there in 2009.
Coach Moody is currently single, while teaching Computer Applications at Bradley High School.
Coach Gideon is beginning his 8th year on the Bear football staff. Coach Gideon is respected throughout the state as one of the best offensive line coaches producing numerous players who have moved on to play at the next level. He began his tenure with the Bears in 2010 as the defensive line coach. After the departure of Coach Matt Bowman to Red Bank in 2014, Coach Gideon crossed over the neutral zone to become the offensive line coach. Coach Gideon is a native of Rhea county where he played for the legendary Golden Eagle Head Coach Bill Horton during the 1991-95 seasons. While playing for Coach Horton , he would earn All-Region honors his Junior and Senior year. Coach Gideon began his coaching career as the 6th grade head coach at Ocoee Middle School in 2008. Coach Gideon is presently employed at Olin Chemical, where he has worked for the last ten years. He is also the owner of Salted Hog BBQ catering service.
Coach Gideon is married to Jan Gideon and is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, Mckensie, Camden, Jayden and Keegan.
Coach Ford is beginning his 13th year with the Bears as the Linebacker coach, having been involved with the program since Coach Floyd's inaugural season as head coach. Coach Ford is a 1987 graduate of Bradley H.S. where he played outside linebacker for legendary Coach Bill (Chief) Robertson. He attended and played at the prep school TMI Academy out of high school earning a walk on invitation to Tennesee Tech where he would earn a scholarship for the Golden Eagles. He would earn a starting position at outside linebacker his sophomore season playing for Golden Eagle Head Coach Jim Ragland. Coach Ford would be selected to the All OVC Academic Team and graduate from Tech in 1992.
Coach Ford is currently the Branch Manager for Holston Gases in Athens TN.
Special Teams Coordinator
Coach Stevison is beginning his 11th year as a coach at Bradley Central High School. Coach Stevison played football at Bradley and graduated as Valedictorian in 2005. He attended Lee University to pursue his degree in History Education, and he has a Master’s Degree from Arkansas State University in Curriculum Theory and Practice. He began his time on the coaching staff as an assistant on JV and camera man on Friday nights. During his time on the staff, he has coached Defensive Ends and assisted Coach Floyd in the Secondary. Coach Stevison will also help with the Defensive Line and is in his third year as the Special Teams Coordinator. His off the field duties includes coordinating with the Guidance Department regarding players’ academic schedules and qualifying for the NCAA/NAIA Clearing House.
Coach Stevenson, previously taught ACT Prep and Bible History at Bradley High School but has decided to move into full time ministry. He is presently the pastor of Public Church here in Cleveland. He is married to Whitney and has one son named Liam.
Assistant Head Coach/Receivers
Coach Freeman is beginning his 18th year as a Bradley Football staff member and will begin his 28th year of coaching. A 1982 graduate of Cleveland High School, Coach Freeman was a three sport letterman playing football, basketball and baseball. He would sign a baseball scholarship with Cleveland State Community College and in 1985 attend Austin Peay State University making the baseball team as a walk-on. A 1990 graduate of APSU, Coach Freeman began his coaching career in 1991 at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville TN. In 1996 Coach Freeman would return home and take over the Bradley Jr. High football program leaving in 1999 to be the defensive coordinator at Rhea County High School. In 2000 he would move to McMinn Central to coach football and baseball. In 2001 Coach Freeman began his tenure at Bradley High School, coaching football and baseball for the Bears. He was the Head Tennis Coach for six years from 2013-2018. Coach Freeman has also been a part of the Bearettes staff for the past 8 years.
Coach Freeman currently teaches Driver Education here at Bradley High School. Coach Freeman is married to Mindy who teaches Spanish at Walker Valley and has a step daughter, Haley
Coach Floyd is beginning his 13th season as head coach and his 16th season overall as a part of the Bradley Central Football Staff. Last year, Coach Floyd led the Bears to a 8-2 regular season record, while guiding the Bears to the third round of the play-offs finishing the 2017 season with a 10-3 overall record. Coach Floyd is a 1996 graduate of BCHS where he excelled in football and wrestling; leading the football team to a second round play-off run while rushing for over 1.800 yards and winning a state championship in wrestling at 160 pounds in his senior season. He continued his football career by signing a football scholarship with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he played in the defensive secondary for four years earning the Iron Man Award during his senior season along with being selected a team captain. A 2001 UTC graduate, Coach Floyd returned to Bradley to coach running backs and secondary in 2003. After working for two head coaches in three years, Coach Floyd was asked to take over as head coach and rebuild the program in 2006. After a nine year hiatus, Coach Floyd would lead the 2010 Bears to a first round victory in the play-offs and finish the season at 9-3. Coach Floyd has led the Bears to eight straight play-off appearances while producing a 19-7 overall record against crosstown rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley. During the past fourteen years Coach Floyd has continued to produce competitive teams that represent the Honored Tradition and Relentless Pride that the Bear Nation can be proud.
Coach Floyd is married to Angela and has two children, Damon and Clair.