Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox confirmed today that Frank Bradley will not return for a fourth season as the Seminoles’ Head Swimming Coach in 2016-17. FSU finished ninth in the ACC in both men’s and women’s swimming and diving this past season. The men’s team went on to finish 31st at the NCAA Championships, while the women’s team did not score at the NCAA meet.
Coach Bradley had returned to his alma mater with high expectations. While a swimmer for the Seminoles, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in social science in 1997 before serving as a graduate assistant for the team from 1997-1999. During his swimming career, Coach Bradley was the 1995 ACC Champion in the 200 IM.
After retiring from swimming, Coach Bradley started as an assistant at the University of South Carolina during 1999-2005. He then went to IRSC where he served as head coach and won NJAA Coach of the Year four times before leaving to be an assistant coach at Auburn University for three years.
Successes While at FSU
Coach Bradley’s first season at the helm of FSU proved to be a success, with the women’s team setting 16 out of a possible 22 new school records, while the men’s squad placed 14th at the NCAA Championships – it’s best finish as a program since 1999.
In addition, Coach Bradley helped a total of 14 swimmers reach the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Coach Bradley coached Pavel Sankovich to the ACC Swimmer of the Year honors after he finished his career with eight ACC titles, four conference records, four All-America honors including a runner-up finish in the 100 fly in 2014. After graduation, Sankovich continued training with hopes of a third Olympic bid and has recently solidified himself as one of the fastest swimmers in the world.
In 2015, Coach Bradley guided the women’s team to a 24th place finish at the NCAA Championships, which was the best showing at the meet since 2007. He helped senior swimmer Kaitlyn Dressel make FSU history in her final season in the Garnet and Gold by setting a new school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.13. Dressel captured an All-America honorable mention in the 100 free following her trio of medal winning performances at the ACC Championships where she became the first Seminole to make the podium in the 50, 100 and 200 free races.
He also coached Chelsea Britt to a pair of All-American finishes in the fly events, becoming the seventh Seminole in history to garner All-American individual honors at the same NCAA’s. Chelsea decided to take a redshirt year in 2016, and has recently announced her intention to transfer.
The men’s team was also highlighted by the success of Connor Knight, who won his first individual ACC title in the 200 fly in FSU and ACC record setting time of 1:41.66. Knight would go on to place ninth in the 200 and 16th in the 100 fly races at the NCAA Championships.
In the most recent NCAA meet, however, Jason Coombs, the nationally-ranked breaststroker, was his only qualifier. Just a junior, Jason recently announced his intention to retire from competitive swimming.
In wishing Coach Bradley well on his next venture, Florida State is now turning its sights in finding a top notch coach to bring the Seminoles back to national prominence.
We look forward to watching it!