Nick Bradford is entering his second year as an assistant coach with the Missouri Southern men's basketball team. He will be primarily responsible for coaching the post players for the Lions.
In his first season with the Lions, Southern went 25-6, and won the 2014 MIAA Tournament Championship. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season in the round of 32 against eventual National Champion Central Missouri. Post players Jordan Talbert and Slim Magee were both named to the MIAA All-Defensive Team and Magee was named the MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Magee also set the MSSU single-season record for blocks.
Bradford came to Southern after two seasons as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. Bradford helped lead Labette to back-to- back winning seasons and back-to-back 10-win conference seasons. In 2012-13, he helped the Cards to a third place Jayhawk Eastern division finish, the highest finish for any Labette men’s basketball program in over two decades. Bradford helped recruit and develop three All-Jayhawk Conference players, two All-Region VI performers, and has helped send seven players to four-year institutions in just two seasons.
During his time at Labette, Bradford was also the head assistant coach for the Kansas City Run GMC AAU basketball organization. With Run GMC, he helped coach and develop numerous division I basketball players including Dominique Collier and Tory Miller (Colorado), Travis Jorgenson (Georgia Tech) and Conner Frankamp (Kansas).
Bradford came to Labette after completing an
eight-year professional basketball career both in Europe and in the
states. After graduating from Kansas, he played for the 2002 ABA
champion Kansas City Knights before going overseas for the rest of
his career. He had playing stops in France, Iceland, Finland,
England and Romania. Some of his honors in Europe include the 2005
MVP of the finals in Iceland, the 2008 All-Import Team in France
and 2009 Import Player of the Year in Iceland.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Kansas, Bradford was a college teammate of current Lions' Head Coach Jeff Boschee, playing for coach Roy Williams. A four-year letterwinner at Kansas, Bradford was a team captain in 2000 and was given the Phog Allen MVP award that year, as well. He helped the team to three-straight Big 12 titles from 97-99 and was an All-Big 12 selection his senior season.
A native of Fayetteville, Ark., Bradford was a Parade All-American at Fayetteville High School. He earned his bachelor degree of general studies in African & African-American studies from the University of Kansas and is married to the former Brittani Bond. Nick and Brittani have a son, Quenci (8) and Nick has another son, Isaiah (3).