Transformation takes time and patience and after his second year at the helm of the Florida State swimming and diving team, Frank Bradley continued to steer the team towards success.
In 2015, Bradley helped 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 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.
Bradley helped Kaitlyn Dressel connect with 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 Champioships where she became the first Seminole to make the podium in the 50, 100 and 200 free races.
The men's team was 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.
His first season at the helm 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, Bradley helped a total of 14 swimmers to the 2014 NCAA Championships.
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 April of 2015, Sankovich posted the third fastest time in the world in the 100m fly with a 51.57.
Prior to his hiring at FSU, Bradley was the associate head coach at Auburn University for four seasons where he primarily instructed the distance and individual medley group.
In 2013, Bradley coached junior Zane Grothe to an SEC title in the 1650 free- the Tigers' second-ever mile champion in school history. Under Bradley's instruction, Grothe has set new Auburn records in the 500,1000 and 1650 free events during his freshman year and has lowered each mark since.
Bradley helped Auburn finish among the Top 15 nationally over the last three years. The men's team placed sixth in both 2011 and 2012 before taking eighth at the NCAA Championships, while the women's squad finished seventh in 2011, eighth in 2012 and 13th in 2013.
Auburn won the SEC men's championship in 2011 and 2012 and totaled 181 All-American honors during his three seasons.
Prior to joining the Auburn staff in 2010, Bradley spent five years coaching at Indian River State College, four of which he served as head coach. During his time at the helm of the NJCAA powerhouse, Bradley's student-athletes turned in 177 NJCAA national titles, 45 NJCAA national records and 53 school records, while 13 athletes garnered Swimmer of the Year accolades. In 2010, Bradley guided the men's team to their 36th straight national title while the women captured their 29th consecutive championship.
While at IRSC, Bradley worked with former Seminole All-American in Mateo De Angulo. De Angulo is the current FSU record holder in the 1000 free and 1650 free and was the 2012 ACC Swimmer of the Year. The Cali, Colombia native still owns the 500 free NJCAA national record in the 500 free, a mark which was earned while under the instruction of Bradley. De Angulo moved on to collect nine NJCAA national titles before transferring to FSU.
In just five years, Bradley was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year four times (Men- 2007, 2008; Women- 2009, 2010).
Bradley started out as an assistant at the University of South Carolina during 1999-2005. While with the Gamecocks, Bradley worked with 2000 SEC Swimmer of the Year - Zsolt Gaspar in addition to guiding the Gamecocks to 26- All-American honors, 34 school records and three SEC individual titles.
Throughout his coaching career, Bradley has instructed several Olympians including Gideon Louw (RSA), Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace(BAH), Micah Lawrence (USA) as well as De Angulo (COL).
Bradley returns to his alma mater after a 13-year absence from Tallahassee. While a Seminole, Bradley 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, Bradley was the 1995 ACC Champion in the 200 IM.
A native of Woodbury, N.J., Bradley has two daughters - Grace and Paige.