CLAREMORE — Rogers State University head baseball coach Ron Bradley announced his retirement on Friday morning.
Bradley is retiring from collegiate coaching and returning home to Northwest Arkansas to coach high school baseball at Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas.
“It has been an honor to help build the RSU athletic department over the last nine years,” Bradley said. “This is bittersweet for me. I have made many great memories at RSU and it has been a great place to work. It is amazing to see the transformation that the University has made since we started athletics. I am excited about the direction the athletic department is headed and I am fully supportive of the administration as they complete the transition to NCAA Division II. I have had the opportunity to coach countless talented student-athletes and work alongside tremendous coaches and administrators who have made my time here memorable. This community has been my home for many years and will always be a place that my family cherishes.”
Bradley has served at the helm of the Diamond Cats since the program’s inception in 2005. He laid the foundation for athletics at RSU when he introduced club sports to the campus as the director of physical education in 2004. He later served as interim athletic director and has been instrumental in the development of RSU athletic programs.
RSU President Dr. Larry Rice praised Bradley for his leadership both on and off the field.
“Coach Bradley was instrumental in guiding Hillcat baseball from a club sport to a program that competed for national championships. His strong moral character provided an outstanding role model for his student-athletes in all of their endeavors. He and his wife Jill were excellent ambassadors for the university, and we wish them well in this new chapter for their family.”