Multiple sources have confirmed to SwimSwam tonight that Auburn assistant Frank Bradley has been offered and has accepted the position as the next head coach at Florida State University, his alma mater, and he is expected to be named officially after signing the contracts on Monday.
Bradley is a Florida State alum who is returning home after three years as an Associate Head Coach with the Auburn Tigers. In between graduating from Florida State in 1997 and his return in 2013, he first was a graduate assistant with the Seminoles from 1997-1999 before joining the South Carolina staff until 2005. Next, he spent one year as an assistant and then four as a head coach at Indian River State College, the best junior college program in history, where he won five consecutive National Junior College Championships.
Bradley had become a hot name for just about every available coaching position in the country, and combined with his ties to the program, this decision will surprise few.
He will have the task of taking over a team in rebuilding mode a little bit. The men’s team had big graduations, including three of the four members of their ACC Record setting freestyle relays.
The women’s team, as of now, is only losing their top butterflier Elizabeth Pepper to a transfer. The majority of the rest of their top women’s group, including double ACC sprint champion Tiffany Oliver, were underclassmen.
The men’s team, though losing a lot, has some good pieces to work with next year. That includes an expected full season with international addition Pavel Sankovich, perhaps his last, after his mid-season left him swimming spectacularly at ACC’s but falling off on his second taper for NCAA’s. The men also have a strong recruiting class coming in with in-staters Jason Coombs and Jason McCormick. They also picked up a late addition with Aruban Olympian Jamal le Grand.
The top of the women’s recruiting class is another in-state signee Chelsie Britt, who has been a 54.88 in the 100 yard backstroke.
Bradley takes over the program after 14-year head coach Neil Harper was let go a month ago.