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 mens and womens basketball and expanded this year to include both mens and womens cross country teams.
Bradley, who was named to his post in 2010, said womens volleyball and mens and womens 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 thats 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 Bradleys goal is clear.
We want to compete for conference championships, Bradley said.
-- Ryan Jordan
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