Updated: Jan 25, 2022
Photo by Mike Longo Jr.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Head Football Coach Dan Bradley recently sent in his resignation.
By Mike Longo Jr.
Change as it’s often been said can be a good thing or a bad thing. On the other hand, sometimes people just need a change, whatever the case may be. At Our Lady Of Sacred Heart, the effects of the change they have recently endured remain to be seen. Head Football Coach Dan Bradley submitted his resignation closing out his tenure as the captain of the Chargers football ship.
Hired in 2016, Bradley inherited a team that was winless the previous season. With him at the helm, it was instant success. He has never felt the sting of a losing campaign and holds a 49-19 record at OLSH. The Chargers made the playoffs every year he was in charge.
The best season of the Bradley era, going 12-2, occurred in 2018. With his son Tyler calling the shots at quarterback that season, they walked into Heinz Field and walked out WPIAL Class A Champions.
This past season with numerous hardships to endure,especially dealing with a small roster which most times ment only 22 players on average dressed for a game. The Chargers went 9-4 and returned to the WPIAL Class A Championship at Heinz Field for what would be Bradley's final time with OLSH. Only difference this time around the game ended with the Chargers as WPIAL Class A runners-up, second place not first.
Prior to his time at OLSH, Bradley had short head coaching stints at Ambridge (2014-2015) going 8-11 and making the playoffs in 2015, as well as Sto-Rox (2012-2013) going 23-3 finishing as WPIAL Class A runners-up twice.
About a week after his resignation, Bradley signed on to coach at Ellwood City. The football team there has a 25-game losing streak and has not had a winning season since 2011. Officials at the Beaver/Lawrence County school district who hired Bradley certainly know a good thing when they see it. The Wolverines can only benefit from the addition of Bradley to the top coaching position.
It’s been a pleasure to have covered a part of your career. Best wishes on helping another team make its way to the playoffs.