Blue Springs High School graduate Dom Bradley is coming home.
Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith announced Monday that the former two-time Tigers All-American would join the Mizzou coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.
He replaces Alan Waters, who was the volunteer assistant the last two seasons. He will also continue to train for a possible berth in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo while serving as an assistant.
After winning three state titles at Blue Springs, Bradley posted a 105-15 record over four seasons as the team’s heavyweight, giving him the program’s fourth-best career winning percentage (.875, 100-win minimum).
“I’m super excited to come home and continue my training and launch my coaching career,” Bradley said in a press release. “Anytime you can come back to your alma mater is special. Coach Smith sold me on Tiger Style 15 years ago and now I get to help him pass on Tiger Style, not only as an athlete but now as a coach. I grew up in Missouri, so Mizzou is really home to me. I’m excited to get to work.”
Bradley placed third at the 2011 NCAA Championships and followed that with a fourth-place nod as a senior in 2013, giving him a pair of All-America honors.
Smith said he is happy to have him back in the fold.
“Obviously we are thrilled to have Dom back in our program, giving him an opportunity to make one last run at an Olympic team while also taking the first step towards what I envision will be a long coaching career in our sport,” Smith said in the press release. “Dom embodied all of the characteristics that we talk about in Tiger Style and he lives his life the right way. His love for our sport and training will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on our wrestlers and we are excited to welcome him back to Mizzou as I know how much this place means to him.”
Bradley claimed a Big 12 title in 2011 and followed that with a MAC title in 2013, garnering his 100th career win to open his MAC title run that year. He ranks tied for eighth in Mizzou history with his 39 wins during the 2012-13 season while his 11 major decisions that year are fifth-most in a single season at Mizzou. He lettered at Mizzou from 2009-13. He took an Olympic redshirt in 2012. Bradley, a former World Junior champion, finished third in the heavyweight division of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
After graduating in 2013, Bradley served as an assistant coach at Blue Springs High School before he left in 2016 to train with the Cyclone Wrestling Club at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.