Southeast High wrestling coach Bradshaw named school's new AD

jlembo@bradenton.comFebruary 13, 2014 

TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE Southeast football coach Paul Maechtle opens the Seminole banner to let his team onto the field Friday night at Kiker Stadium.


Daniel Bradshaw couldn’t have mapped out a better scenario than this.

Not only has Bradshaw been named athletic director, granting him the administrative role he has coveted, but he gets to serve his new position at Southeast, where the 32-year-old has worked for 10 years.

“I didn’t want to go elsewhere,” Bradshaw said Thursday afternoon.

He replaces Paul Maecthle, who entered the Florida Retirement (DROP) Program in 2009 and will officially retire later this school year. Maechtle closed his legendary 33-year run as Southeast’s football coach, at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

John Warren was hired as the Noles’ new football coach in late January. Per new district rules, football coaches are no longer permitted double as the school’s AD.

"We are very confident that Dan will carry on and build on the strong foundation that Coach Maechtle has established in his pursuit of excellence," said Southeast principal Jim Pauley, adding that more than 40 applicants vied for the AD position. "He will make the Nole family very proud." Bradshaw is in his fourth season as the school's wrestling coach and serves as the coordinator of Southeast’s International Baccalaureate program. He also has worked as a football assistant and coached the track team’s throwers before stepping down from the track team’s staff prior to this season. Yet he wanted to become the athletic director soon after he heard of Maechtle’s decision to retire, and he spent as much time as possible picking his mentor’s brain. “He and I have had many conversations over the years. ... I think having him here and as a resource will definitely make things a lot easier,” Bradshaw said. “I think it’s a testimony to (Maechtle) that it will take two people to fill his job. One person couldn’t do it. Even if we were allowed to, one person couldn’t do the job as well as he did. It would be impossible.” Being the athletic director means Bradshaw will no longer be IB coordinator. He probably will no longer serve as a football assistant and wrestling coach, as well. Three Seminoles have qualified for this year’s Class 1A state wrestling tournament, which gets underway at 10 a.m. Friday at The Lakeland Center. “The district is moving in the direction of not having their ADs coach,” Bradshaw said. “I would love the opportunity to stay on, but it is a big-time commitment. And in all likelihood, the district will lean that way. But nothing is set in stone, and I don’t want to speak for them.” Bradshaw said he will miss working with Southeast’s student-athletes. But at the same time, he is excited to serve them in a different capacity. “The time as a coach that you spend with the kids, and when you see them meet their goals – there’s no replacement for that,” Bradshaw said. “I’m going to miss it terribly. But this opportunity came along and it was time to make a career advancement, and I’ll be able to impact students through a different perspective. This is something I’ve been preparing for and expecting for some time.”

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