Coach Daniel Hearn is starting his 5th year with the Bears. Coach Hearn will be in charge of the receiving core this year. Coach Hearn is a 1997 East Ridge High School graduate who lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After Prepping at East Ridge, Coach Hearn attended UTC receiving his undergraduate degree from there in 2004. He received his master's degree from Tennessee Tech University in 2010. His coaching career spans 16 years in and around Chattanooga and North Georgia. He has extensive experience on the offensive side of the ball, coaching all skill positions and 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, and they have four girls between them, Halli (13), Gaby (15), Kam (18), and Maggie (20).
Defensive Line/ JV Head Coach
Coach Dills is beginning his 6th year with the Bears and 4th season 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 2009, 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 work with the D Line while overseeing the Hudl sideline setup. Coach Dills is also the freshman basketball coach for the Bears.
Coach Dills is working as an In-School Suspension Instructor at Bradley Central High School and toward his Business Marketing degree.
His fiancee is Taylor Lopez, and they have one son, Carmelo.
Easton Clark is beginning his 4th year as an assistant coach for the Bears. Easton is a 2019 graduate of Bradley Central, where he was a part of the Bear program for four years. He is married to Chesla Clark.
Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks
Coach Standifer is starting his 4th year as a member of the Bear football staff and will be over the quarterbacks. Coach Standifer is no stranger to the Bear Nation, transferring from Soddy Daisy his senior year to lead the Bears at quarterback in 2013. His successful high school career would land him a scholarship to Stillman College before transferring to ETSU after Stillman folded their program. While finishing his degree in special education, Coach Standifer would spend a couple of years at Elizabethton High School as an assistant coach working with Head Coach Shawn Witten, helping the Cyclones make a deep run in the playoffs. Coach Standifer brings a lot of knowledge to the position and understands the expectations of playing quarterback for the Bears.
Coach Standifer will be a particular ed instructor here at Bradley High School. He is married to Kayleigh, and they have one son Karter Dale.
Associate Head Coach /
Sports Information Director
Bret is starting his 8thh year as associate head coach for the Bears while continuing his role as SID for the past 11 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 in his coaching colleagues and 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 that Bret is 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.
Coach Watson is starting his 16th year with the Bears staff and will help with the H-Backs/Tight Ends. Coach Watson returned to the coaching staff in 2019 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 moved 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, and their son Knox was a two-time all-state linebacker and will be a freshman at the University of Cumberland this year. Coach Watson will be teaching science here at Bradley Central.
Brad Benefield Defensive Coordinator Coach Benefield is beginning his 23rd year coaching football. He began his coaching career at age 20 in 1997 at Bradley Jr. High School. Since then, he earned his BA in History from Lee University and MA in European History from the University of Tennessee. Coach Benefield has served as a Defensive assistant and Defensive Coordinator at Notre Dame High School (2000-03) and Red Bank High School (2005-09), then as Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, and last season’s Offensive Coordinator for Cleveland High School (2009-23). He is married to Bradley Central alumna Heather Wilson Benefield. He has two children, Madison Rodas and Wilson Benefield, and three grandchildren, Ava, Jackson, and Beckham.
Mickey Clark is beginning his 13th year as Team Chaplin for the Bears.
Coach Massengill is beginning his 1st season on staff
Dewaun was a three-year starter at RB/MLB and actually started the last few games his freshman season; he helped the Bears to their first playoff appearance in 8 years, and He Served as a team captain his senior season, and during his successful career, his numbers were
1,577 rushing yards
18 rushing TDs
3x All region
2010 region fullback of the year.
Dewaun has a beautiful family, including his wife, Amanda, and two daughters, Olivia and Carlee.
Dewaun was a well-respected police officer for ten years and Graduated from Bethel College with his bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Master Patrol Officer, SWAT Team Member, and Detective and will be a full-time criminal justice teacher at BCHS. We are excited to have Dewaun back at Bradley!!
Coach Burkart is beginning his 3rd year as the Bear's Offensive Coordinator and 4th year overall for the Bears.
Coach Burkhart is The Head of Special Education at Bradley High School.
Coach Payne is beginning his 6th year on the Bear football staff. Coach Payne will lead the O Line. Coach Payne Spent the last 3 years as the D Line Coach and JV DC. Payne Played Football At Boyd-Buchana High School and Graduated in 2009. Garrett would attend Tennesse Tech, where he obtained his Bachelor Of Science in Education in 2015.
Coach Payne is married to Kaitlyn, and they have one Daughter Hannah Kate.
Coach Ford is beginning his 16th 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 15th 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 cameraman 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. They have two sons, Liam and Oliver.
Coach Floyd is beginning his 18th season as head coach and his 20th season overall as a part of the Bradley Central Football Staff. Coach Floyd is now the second longest-tenured head football coach for the Bears in its illustrious history of 105 years trailing only the legendary Jimmy Lovell's 22 seasons. Last year, Coach Floyd led the Bears to a 9-3 season, guiding them to the second round of the Tssaa playoffs and its twelfth straight playoff appearance. Coach Floyd is a 1996 BCHS graduate who excelled in football and wrestling. He led the football team to a second-round playoff run, 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 and being selected as 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 playoffs and finish the season at 9-3. In 2017 Coach Floyd led the Bears to the third round of the playoffs finishing 10-3, the Bear's first 10-win season since 1980. Coach Floyd has led the Bears to first-round TSSAA wins in the past two years. Coach Floyd is 109 - 74 during his tenure at Bradley while producing a 27-7 overall record against crosstown rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley. As Head Coach for the past seventeen years, Coach Floyd has continued producing competitive teams representing the Honored Tradition and Relentless Pride that the Bear Nation can be proud of.
Coach Floyd is married to Angela and has two children, Damon and Clair.