Dom Bradley wrestling Tony Nelson in the semifinals of the U.S. Open (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou wrestling two-time All-American Dom Bradley has joined head coach Brian Smith's coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, announced today by the program. Bradley posted a 105-15 record over four seasons as the team's heavyweight, giving him the program's fourth-best career winning percentage (.875, 100-win minimum). Bradley will assume the volunteer assistant position on the coaching staff, which was previously held by Alan Waters for the last two seasons.
"I'm super excited to come home and continue my training and launch my coaching career," Bradley said. "Anytime you can come back to your alma mater is special. Coach Smith sold me on Tiger Style 15 years ago and now I get to help him pass on Tiger Style, not only as an athlete but now as a coach. I grew up in Missouri, so Mizzou is really home to me. I'm excited to get to work."
"Obviously we are thrilled to have Dom back in our program, giving him an opportunity to make one last run at an Olympic team while also taking the first step towards what I envision will be a long coaching career in our sport," Smith said. "Dom embodied all of the characteristics that we talk about in Tiger Style and he lives his life the right way. His love for our sport and training will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on our wrestlers and we are excited to welcome him back to Mizzou as I know how much this place means to him."
Bradley was a staple in the lineup for Coach Smith during his career in Columbia. He placed third at the 2011 NCAA Championships and followed that with a fourth-place nod as a senior in 2013, giving him a pair of All-America honors. He claimed a Big 12 title in 2011 and followed that with a MAC title in 2013, winning his 100th career bout to open his MAC title run that year. In 2010, Bradley earned the program's Hap Whitney Coach's Award, given to the wrestler who displays dedication, commitment, sacrifice and unselfishness to the team on a consistent basis. He was also the program's Marshall Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman in 2009 and the program's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2011.
Bradley ranks tied for eighth in Mizzou history with his 39 wins during the 2012-13 season while his 11 major decisions that year are fifth-most in a single season at Mizzou. He lettered at Mizzou from 2009-13. He took an Olympic redshirt in 2012.