Posted: 6:07 pm Monday, December 16th, 2013

Santaluces names Jason Bradley as new head football coach 

By Anthony Chiang

Santaluces didn’t have to look far to find its new coach.

Jason Bradley, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Santaluces, has been named the Chiefs’ new head football coach. Santaluces athletic director Shannon Livingston confirmed the news Monday, adding that he received 15 resumes and interviewed six candidates for the opening left by former head coach Daryl Drinkwater.

“I’m very excited,” Bradley said. “I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I knew Daryl was stepping down. I think I’m stepping into a great spot here with what we have been able to build over the last few years. I think we have the program heading in the right direction.”

After announcing his resignation, Drinkwater recommended Bradley for the job and Livingston listened.

Bradley, 32, graduated from Boca Raton High School and spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Bobcats before heading to Santaluces. This is Bradley’s first head coaching job.

As a member of Drinkwater’s coaching staff, Bradley was the assistant head coach for the past two years and was the team’s offensive coordinator last season. In Bradley’s first year calling the plays, the Chiefs averaged 33 points per game.

Bradley is still building his coaching staff, but he’s considering the assistants that coached with him under Drinkwater.

“It’s definitely a plus that the kids are familiar with me,” said Bradley, who plans to keep the same offensive scheme, but bring in a new defensive philosophy. “But I’m definitely going to do some things to make the program my own and put my stamp on it. We’re going to be real young next year, but we have some good kids coming up.”

The Chiefs posted a 6-4 record and just missed the playoffs last season. In the five years Bradley was an assistant coach at Santaluces, the team made the playoffs once in 2009, but fell to Melbourne in the first round.

“We really wanted to start the next calendar year with a new head coach and have the kids understand what the offseason is going to look like,” Livingston said. “I really wanted to get it done in December and that happened. It worked out well.”