14 to Watch in 2014: Rorie Bradley

January 5, 2014 

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Rorie Bradley

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  • Rorie Bradley
    Age: 30
    City of Residence: Warner Robins
    Occupation: Athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College
    Hobbies: Watching sports, attending UGA football games and hanging out with family
    Favorite thing about Houston County: The small town feel without it being too small

As the first athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College, Rorie Bradley has formed an athletics department from scratch that now includes four scholarship sports competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“He had the initiative and confidence in himself to start an athletic department from off the ground,” Central Georgia Tech booster Larry Warnock said. “He had to formulate the budgets and hire the personnel. Everything from the ground up.”

The college started with men’s and women’s basketball and expanded this year to include both men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Bradley, who was named to his post in 2010, said women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer will likely be next when the school decides to expand the athletics department again.

“I hope to grow,” Bradley said. “I hope we can add some additional sports, and obviously that’s determined by enrollment, but if anything else just continue to attract local talent.

“Moving the kids on to compete at the four-year level or graduate and move on in good academic standing is priority number one.”

Central Georgia Tech has actively recruited the Houston County area with a message of value, academic success, program diversity and competition at the highest junior college level. Bradley hopes to see that relationship continue to grow in the future.

Winning on the track and on the court is the next step for the Titans, and Bradley’s goal is clear.

“We want to compete for conference championships,” Bradley said.

-- Ryan Jordan

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Carmen Foskey, 17, Warner Robins, student at Warner Robins High School

Bill Goggin, 49, Bonaire, manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Sonya P. Jenkins, 44, Warner Robins, CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company

Kelly Miller, 31, Centerville, family nurse practitioner

Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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