DEARBORN — Henry Ford College has recently hired Kirk Bradley as its associate athletic director.
“I’ve seen the support that HFC shows for its athletic programs and the student-athletes who participate in them,” said Bradley, a lifelong Livonia resident. “It seemed like a great opportunity to continue to work with young people in a new and exciting way.”
Bradley is no stranger to HFC. Since 2019, he has been the assistant coach of the HFC men’s basketball team. He has served as a coach at the high school and college levels for more than 20 years.
“I believe strongly in the value of athletics in fostering individual growth. Sports can provide opportunities to develop things like confidence, discipline, leadership, and resilience. Many of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my life have been through athletics,” said Bradley.
A graduate of Livonia Franklin High School, Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Eastern Michigan University. He completed graduate coursework at Marygrove College in Detroit. He is working toward his master’s degree in sports administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and expects to complete the program later this year.
Prior to joining HFC as associate athletic director, Bradley was an English teacher at Westland John Glenn High School for 13 years.
“While it was difficult to leave my students at this point in the school year, I couldn’t be more excited to be at HFC,” he said. “I want to build relationships with our coaches and student-athletes, so I can see where I can best help them. I want our student-athletes to have the best possible experience at HFC.
“This is an exciting time in their lives, and we want to make it as memorable as possible. If we can use athletics to help them further their education and earn a degree, we can set them up for success for the rest of their lives.”
Bradley will also continue to be the assistant coach for the men’s basketball team under Coach Chris Shepard.
“HFC’s basketball program has gone to another level since the arrival of Kirk Bradley,” Shepard said. “The athletic department will do the same. He is a tireless worker, and he relates to students well. He will be a tremendous resource for all student-athletes to reach their academic goals. There isn’t a better person for the job.”
For Bradley, the best part of working at HFC is spending time with student-athletes.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their goals, so I can figure out the best ways to help them,” Bradley said. “HFC is a special place because of the people who work here. The support our college shows to our athletic programs is something that I certainly don’t take for granted.”
Bradley reports to HFC Athletic Director Rochelle Taylor.
“I am so excited to have Kirk join our administrative team in this important new role,” Taylor said. “He has great insights to help our student-athletes thrive in the classroom, while balancing their athletic interests and needs.
“Through his leadership, I believe our student-athletes will more fully embrace campus life and utilize our extensive campus resources. And I believe the entire campus will benefit from the energy and creativity he brings to his projects. He has hit the ground running.”