SOUTH WHITLEY — It is the end of an era for Whitko girls basketball. As the school’s most successful senior girls basketball class will accept their diplomas in several weeks, its coach will be moving on as well. Brandon Bradley announced his resignation Thursday afternoon following a meeting with his team.
“I made this decision solely on my own, and I made this decision based on my family,” Bradley said in a statement to media. “I have now lived in Northern Indiana for more than 10 years, while my immediate family is in Central Indiana. With my parents in that retirement stage of their lives, and other family members dealing with health issues, I feel that this is the best decision for me.”
Bradley has not yet secured another coaching position but would like to have one in the next year or two, he also has nothing but admiration for the place he called home for six seasons.
“I have nothing but appreciation and respect for Mr. (Josh) Mohr, Mr. (John) Snyder, and Mr. (Steven) Clason,” Bradley added, “and I would recommend the position to anyone interested in the job.”
Bradley’s teams won a combined 16 games in his first two seasons, but went on to win 72 over his last four campaigns. During his tenure he oversaw the program produce its two all-time leading scorers in Aly Reiff (first) and Brianna Cumberland (second) while also achieving the team’s first-ever No. 1 ranking and a record win total with 21.
“I feel like we accomplished a lot of great things in my six years at Whitko,” Bradley reminisced. “We even achieved a few things never before seen out of this program. For example, the most wins in a season before 2011-2012 was 17, and we’ve averaged 18 wins per season over the last four seasons, with 21 as a high.
“While there will be several graduation losses and a lot still to be accomplished by this program, hopefully this special group of seniors have laid the foundation for a culture change that will help the younger girls strive to be even better.”