Rusty Bradley

Rusty Bradley, right, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February.

 Muskogee High School head tennis coach Rusty Bradley was announced as one of seven individuals to be inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame the OTCA announced last month.

Bradley, a 29-year veteran head tennis coach, has spent the last 27 years coaching the Rougher boys’ tennis team and the last 14 years as head coach of both the boys’ and girls’ teams. He began his coaching career at Pauls Valley High School for two years before returning home to Muskogee.

A 1976 graduate of Muskogee High School, Bradley was a state champion at No. 1 singles in 1976 and runner-up at No. 1 singles in 1975 and a conference champion all four years in singles and doubles. 

He ranked No. 1 in the state as a junior tennis player and was No. 5 in the Missouri Valley Section, a five-state region, before joining the University of Tulsa on a tennis scholarship in 1976. Bradley earned Missouri Valley Conference Championships in singles and doubles in 1977 and 1981 and was named team most valuable player both of those years before.

Under Bradley’s leadership the Roughers have won several conference titles and the boys won the 2010 regional title. Among his state qualifiers are champions Susan and Miriam Yoo, No. 1 doubles in 1998, Miriam Yoo and Kelli Sturm in No. 1 doubles in 2000, No. 2 singles in 2008 Brandon Finerty and No. 1 singles runner-up Conner Finerty in 2014.

Bradley was named All-State East Coach for 2014, Coach of the Year 2006, and numerous Regional Coach of the Year honors.

The ceremony will be held February 16 at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City.

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