Relentless Pride …….Honored Tradition
Coach Dills is beginning his 2nd year with the Bears and will take over as the Head Coach for the J.V. Bears. Coach Dills 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 was Lake Forest's 6th grade boy's basketball coach beginning in 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 will also be in his first year as freshman basketball coach for the Bears basketball program.
Coach is presently working as an In-School Suspension Instructor here at Bradley Central High School.
Coach Daniel Hearn is starting his 2nd year with the Bears as he was a late addition last year helping with the secondary. Coach Hearn will cross over and be in charge of the receiving core this year. Coach Hearn is a 1997 graduate of East Ridge High School where he lettered in football basketball and baseball. After Prepping at East Ridge, Coach Hearn would attend UTC receiving his undergraduate degree from there in 2004. He would later receive his masters degree from Tennessee Tech University in 2010. His coaching career spans 15 years in and around the Chattanooga area as well as North Georgia. He has extensive experience on the offensive side of the ball, coaching all skill positions as well as serving as offensive coordinator. Coach Hearn also has experience in Track and Field and is currently coaching track here at Bradley. Coach Hearn currently teaches AP U.S. History here at Bradley Central.
Coach Hearn is married to Amanda where they have four girls between them, Halli (10) Gaby (11) Kam (15) and Maggie (17).
Coach Payne is beginning his 3rd year with the Bears. Coach Payne served as a volunteer assistant for the Bears in 2017 while he finished his student teaching assignment and degree from Tennessee Tech University. Coach Payne will be working with the defensive line as well as in charge of the J.V. defense. Coach Payne's duties also include 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 married to Kaitlyn and will be teaching Biology at Bradley High School this year.
Coach Standifer is beginning his first year as a member of the Bear football staff.
Coach Tyler Payne will be starting his first year with the Bears as a volunteer coach helping the defensive secondary. Coach Payne comes our way via Lee University, where he was a four year starter for the Baseball Flames helping them to an appearance in the GSC Conference Championship game. Coach Payne also excelled in the classroom making the GSC Honor Roll. Coach Payne prepped at McCallie excelling in both Football and Baseball helping the Blue Tornadoes to a Baseball State Championship. Coach Payne, who holds the state record for career stolen bases (145) received many honors at McCallie that include 2014 All-Region WR, 2014-2015 All-State Baseball, 2014 Mr. Baseball Award Winner, 2015 Mr. Baseball Finalist.
Coach Payne is a 2019 Lee University Graduate, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Finance.
Associate Head Coach /
Sports Information Director
Bret is starting his second year as associate head coach for the Bears while continuing his role as SID for the past 8 Years. Bret will be in charge of pregame speeches, bringing his unique style of delivery that is famous throughout the state and region. Bret has the reputation of never taking no for an answer and will instill this attitude to his coaching colleagues as well with the entire team. Bret has been an asset to Bradley Central and has been the go to call in guy for the bears for years.
" We are excited to bring Bret on board, his ability to inspire our team along with the rest of the Bear Nation will help us reach our goals for seasons to come," Coach Floyd exclaimed.
Offensive Line Assistant
Coach Watson returns to the Bears staff and will help with the offensive line after an eight year hiatus working as the Principal of Oak Grove Elementary. Coach Watson is a 1993 graduate of Bradley Central High School where he played Center and Linebacker, playing for legendary head coaches, Bill "Chief" Robertson and Louie Alford. Coach Watson's coaching career began at Trewhitt Jr. High School in 1998 after graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In 2001 Coach Watson would move to the High School working under Head Coach Bill Price helping with the Freshman. Coach Watson would take over the offensive line in 2003 under Head Coach Dean Ratledge and remain in this capacity until being named Principal of Oak Grove Elementary in 2012.
Coach Watson is married to Dr. Holly Watson, their son Knox will be a freshman at Bradley this year. Coach Watson will be teaching science at Ocoee Middle School.
Coach Blalock is beginning his 5th 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 13th 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 along with 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 that 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.
Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Coordinator
Coach Moody is beginning his 2nd year as the Bears Offensive Coordinator and 7th overall for the Bears. Coach Moody's first year as OC produced an offense that averaged 30 points a game and landed him the Region Offensive Coordinator of the Year. Coach Moody has been an integral part of the success of the overall football program since his arrival. 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 10th 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. In 2014 Coach Gideon would cross 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 14th 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.
Player Development Leader
Coach Stevison is beginning his 13th year as a coach at Bradley Central High School and will move into a new position as Player Development Leader. 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 has also coached the Defensive Line and was the Special Teams Coordinator for three years. His off the field duties include 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.
Coach Freeman is beginning his 19th year as a Bradley Football staff member and will begin his 29th 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 14th season as head coach and his 17th season overall as a part of the Bradley Central Football Staff. Last year, Coach Floyd led the Bears to a 7-4 season, guiding the Bears to its ninth straight play-off appearance. 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. In 2017 Coach Floyd led the Bears to the third round of the play-offs finishing 10-3, the Bears first 10 win season since 1980. Coach Floyd is 80 - 63 during his tenure at Bradley while producing a 21-7 overall record against crosstown rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley. As Head Coach 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.