Ryan Bradley, who has overseen the transition of Rogers State University from an NAIA institution to NCAA membership as director of athletics, joined the University of Memphis Athletics Department staff in June of 2013. He is the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Strategic Communications.
Bradley served as a member of the Rogers State University athletics staff since the university began intercollegiate athletics in 2006. He was the school's first sports information director, was promoted to assistant athletic director for media relations and communications in 2009, and elevated to associate athletic director for external relations in 2010. At 28 years old, he became one of the youngest athletic directors in the country at a four-year institution.
In addition to his experience and rapid advancement at Rogers State University, Bradley has professional ties to Memphis. He served as a media relations assistant for the Memphis Redbirds during the 2006 season.
During Bradley's two-year tenure as athletics director, Rogers State had unparalleled success in intercollegiate athletics. RSU's baseball team advanced to the NAIA World Series for the first time in 2012, reaching the national championship game and returned to the World Series this year.
Along with baseball, Rogers State's women's basketball and softball teams also advanced to NAIA postseason play while two student-athletes qualified for the NAIA Track and Field Championship during the 2012-13 academic year.
Bradley spearheaded a nearly two-year initiative to prepare Rogers State University for acceptance to NCAA Division II. He helped secure a new conference affiliation for the university which will begin competition in the Heartland Conference this fall as the university begins its second of a three-year transition to full NCAA Division II membership.
A major component of the move to NCAA Division II was Bradley's oversight of more than $4 million in athletic facility improvements since being named athletic director.
In his external relations roles, Bradley was instrumental in the development and organization of the department's fundraising, marketing and communications initiatives. In addition to fundraising and marketing, as the associate athletic director, Bradley responsibilities included promotions, game management and oversight of the media relations department as well as serving as sport administrator for several athletic programs.
In his initial role at Rogers State as sports information director, Bradley developed the school's first website and produced several award-winning publications. He later managed the launching of several new media initiatives at RSU including live and on-demand high-definition video streaming for all home athletic events, audio streaming for select road events, development of an athletic department app for mobile devices and additional initiatives geared toward social media platforms.
Bradley earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas in 2005 where he served as a student assistant in the athletic department. He earned a masters' of sports administration degree from East Central University in 2011.
Bradley is married to the former Heather Whitney, a Memphis native and University of Memphis alum. The couple has two children, Madison (11) and Baron (2) and is expecting a third child in late July.