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In dad's footsteps
Coaching runs in the Bradleys' blood

CONYERS - Twin brothers Bill Bradley and Bob Bradley both have very different coaching styles, but their skills all came from one place - their father, Ron Bradley.

Ron, 74, has been coaching sports for 49 years, and his two sons, Bill and Bob, have continued to carry on his legacy. Bill coaches girls basketball at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Bob, now an assistant principal of Heritage High School, worked as a former coach.

"Whatever I do today and whatever I do 50 years from now coaching-wise will still be a part of his legacy," Bill said of his father.

Ron Bradley is the winningest coach in Georgia and the winningest active coach in the country. He has coached 125 different varsity teams in different sports and has had 129 consecutive wins at Newton High School in boys basketball.

Bill attributes much of his dad's success to confidence on the court. Bill said that his dad is good at encouraging players to perform their best. Bill's strength, however, is in the preparation.

"We all have some similarities but different strengths," Bill said. "We're all different people."

Even Bob has his own expertise, according to Bill - he concentrates on execution during the game.

"They didn't always do everything like Dad did it," Ron said. "They had their own ideas."

Ron said that he didn't feel as though his boys should go into coaching just because he did. He thought that coaching was something you should want to do, and his sons wanted to coach - just in their own styles. Bill, however, still gives his dad all of the credit.

"Yes, I still do things with confidence, and I still do things from the game perspective, but we all got it from dad," Bill said. "He lives vicariously through me, and I live vicariously through him," Bill said. "It's the world we live in."

Being a coach allowed Ron the freedom to spend more time one-on-one with his children. When the boys were younger, they would all get together and play sports.

"We played it all. It was great because it gave us an opportunity to be around our father," Bob said.

Though Bob doesn't currently coach in his job as a school administrator, he said that there will always be a place in his heart for his dad and for coaching.

"I came from an athletic family and a coaching family, and I wanted to prove that I could do it," Bob said.

According to Bill, coaching and sports have created an unbreakable bond between him and his father.

"There's a relationship there that exists that will stay there," Bill said. "We all came from one spot, being dad."

Brittany Binowski can be reached at news.intern@rockdalecitizen.com.