Well, that's that. This summer, I thought this was going to be a "rebuilding season." And it was. From summer Ultimate in the park to NerfWars to pizza parties, from friends bringing friends to me visiting every freshman PE class, from 12 at opening practice to 60 before the JV season ended, we did rebuild this team. But it was day after day of these young men and women working hard (SO hard--...unless you were there you have no idea), and listening and respecting their coaches, and treating one another with trust and love, and committing to suffer together and push through together and most of all to stick together that something amazing happened. At today's state championships, this rebuilt girls team finished top 20 in the state for the third straight year. And these do-or-die boys went from pulling off a seemingly impossible state berth, our first since 1997, to finish top 25 in the state. I am proud of these kids and honored to be their coach. Thanks for giving me the best season ever. I hate to see it end and I can't wait for the next one to begin. You all are the best! Love you all.
Coach Dan Bradley has been working with Nelson County athletes in Cross Country since 1993 and Track & Field since 1995. An avid runner and sometime competitor, Coach Bradley was a USATF masters-level road race series gold medalist in 2010. He is also an English teacher and Journalism advisor at NCHS in Bardstown, KY, where he lives with his wife and their four children.
Check out Coach's quest for a USATF gold medal