Bradford to step up as interim head football coach

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Wayne Bradford has been tapped as interim head football coach for Edinboro University. Bradford takes over after Justin Lustig resigned to take a position with the Syracuse University football team. Bradford has been with the Fighting Scots since 1999 and has served in various defensive coaching positions during that time.

“We’re excited to have a person with Wayne Bradford’s experience and background able to step in to lead the program and our student athletes,” stated Athletic Director Bruce Baumgartner in a press release.

“We believe we have a great coaching staff in place and a very good team coming back. The foundation was laid for an exciting 2017 season. This appointment ensures that we will accommodate the needs of our student athletes and keep the football team moving forward.”

The release continued: “Wayne has been an integral part of some of the top teams all time at Edinboro. The athletic administration felt Wayne’s appointment as interim head coach was an outstanding option at this time.”

Bradford was a part of the Fighting Scots for their turnaround season, going from 0-11 in the previous year to a 9-2 record. He has also coached defense for the Fighting Scots in the 2003 NCAA Division II playoff run. He has served under four different head coaches.

The Fighting Scots are graduating 16 seniors, eight of them starters. Bradford will have standouts, such as quarterback Jake Sisson, running back Walter Fletcher and wide receiver T’naz Gregory. On defense returning will be defensive lineman John Girvin and cornerback Zuril Hendrick.

George Schmidt is a sports writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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