Sept. 22, 2003
ATLANTA – Former North Carolina All-American Allen Bradd has been named assistant men’s and women’s track coach at Georgia Tech. Bradd comes to Tech from Syracuse University where he spent one season as assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach, specializing in throwing events.
“We are delighted to have Allen join our coaching staff here at Georgia Tech,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale. “I watched him compete during his entire collegiate career and was always impressed with his competitive spirit and success. I have no doubt that he will bring that same competitive spirit to the track every day. He has a great future in coaching.”
At Syracuse, Bradd developed four NCAA provisional qualifiers in the discus, shot put and weight throw. He guided a couple of freshman to No. 2 and 3 rankings, in their respective classes, in the weight throw (20 pounds). Bradd tutored one of them a No. 22 ranking in the discus and helped her make the USA Junior World Team. On the men’s side, Bradd guided a shot putter to a No. 27 ranking in the NCAA. Along with those accomplishments, Bradd’s discus throwers won the ECAC Championships and the shot putters won the 2002 Big East Championships.
“We’re very excited about the addition of Allen to our staff and program,” said women’s head track and field coach Alan Drosky. “It didn’t take long in talking with him to understand the passion and motivation that he will bring to work everyday. I’m looking forward to watching him develop his event area over the next few years.”
Prior to coaching at Syracuse, Bradd was assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at Murray State University. There he coached all the throwing events and pole vaulters. He helped develop the strength and conditioning programs for the athletes and assisted with recruiting. During his stint, the men had two runner-up finishes in the pole vault and three top three finishes in shot put and discus at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in 2001.
As a professional, Bradd competed for the Mizuno Klub Kiehas from June 1999 to Feb. 2000. In 1999, he had a fourth-place finish in the shot put at the USA/Canada Challenge in Flag Staff, Ariz., and a 12th-place finish in the USA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Bradd attended the University of North Carolina from 1996-99, where he became a two-time All-American in the shot put. He was a five-time individual ACC champion in the shot put and two-time hammer ACC champion. He was elected team captain in the 1998-99 season and was a member of the UNC Student-Athlete Council Member board.
A native of Downs, Ill., Bradd graduated from North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in sport exercise and science in May 1999.