Women's Basketball

Bradbury Accepts Head Coaching Position at New Mexico
Release: Thursday 03/31/2016 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Mike Bradbury, Wright State head women's basketball coach the past six seasons, has accepted a similar position at New Mexico.

During his six-year tenure at WSU, the Raiders became one of the top teams in the Horizon League, averaging over 21 wins a season and making the first five postseason appearances in school history.

"First, I want to thank Mike for all his hard work the last six years and I want to thank his wife, Christie, and their children, Alex and Sena, for being part of the Raider family," said Wright State Director of Athletics Bob Grant.  "They will be missed, but I'm very happy for them and for the opportunity at New Mexico."

"When we hired Mike six years ago, I really felt like we were catching a rising star and that has certainly been true," added Grant.  "What he has done with our women's program is nothing short of miraculous.  This move once again validates how we do business -- how we hire and how our culture and environment are conducive to being successful."

In 2015-16, Wright State went 24-11 overall, 12-6 in league play, and appeared for the second consecutive season in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), falling to current semifinalist Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Included in those 24 wins was a 77-71 win over #24/23 George Washington at the Lone Star Showcase on November 28, just the second win over a ranked team in the history of the program.

For the third straight year, a Raider was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Year in senior guard Kim Demmings, who was also one of 52 All-Region nominees for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's All-America Team, part of the Naismith Watch List and a nominee for the Wade Trophy.  Demmings, who was named to the league's All-Tournament Team as Wright State advanced to the semifinals, was a Third Team High-Major All-American by College Sports Madness as she led the league in scoring at 20.0 points per game and was fourth in threes made per game at 2.4, 10th in steals per game at 1.5 and 15th in rebounds per game at 6.0.

Demmings finished as all-time scorer in Horizon League women's basketball and WSU history (men's or women's) with 2677 points.  Those 2677 points are second among active Division I players, only trailing Big Ten Player of the Year Rachel Banham of Minnesota, and are good for 33rd on the all-time Division I list.

Along with Demmings, two other Raiders received postseason honors from the Horizon League as guard Emily Vogelpohl was named to the All-Freshman Team and junior center Richelle van der Keijl was selected to the All-Defensive Team.

Bradbury was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2014-15 despite losing Demmings to an injury seconds into the season opener.  WSU finished 25-9 overall, 12-4 in the Horizon League, and came up just short of winning its second straight league tournament title, falling in overtime at Green Bay.  The Raiders then made their first-ever appearance in the WNIT at Toledo.

Senior guard Tay'ler Mingo was chosen as the Horizon League Player of the Year as she finished sixth in nation in scoring at 22.8 points per game, 12th in steals per game at 3.15 and 21st in assists per game at 5.8.  A finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the top point guard in the nation, Mingo was a Third Team High Major All-American by College Sports Madness.

Mingo was also selected to the league's All-Defensive Team and to the All-Tournament Team along with senior forward Breanna Stucke and junior guard Symone Denham.

As a team, WSU was eighth in scoring at 78.8 points per game, reaching 100 or more points three times, including a school-record 118 against Central State on December 31, 2014.  The Raiders also set a league tournament record with 99 points against Cleveland State in the semifinals and tournament records with 271 points and 91 field goals in the three tournament games.

The 2013-14 campaign was a banner one for the Raiders as they set a new mark for wins in a season (26) and won their first-ever Horizon League Tournament title, posting their first-ever win over Green Bay on the Phoenix’s home court.

Wright State then made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a Division I member, facing the #10 ranked Kentucky Wildcats in the opening round in Lexington.

Demmings became the first Wright State player to be selected as the Horizon League Player of the Year and as the Tournament MVP and, with the addition of senior Ivory James, the Raiders had two First Team All-League selections for the first time.  Demmings was also named a Fourth Team High Major All-American by College Sports Madness.

Mingo, who was selected to the league's All-Defensive Team, joined Demmings on the All-Tournament Team as she set a league record with 81 points in three games.

In 2012-13, Demmings collected her 1,000 career point in just her 54th game.  The Richmond, Indiana, native also was honored with a Second Team All-Horizon League selection..

In his second season in 2011-12, his Raiders received its second post-season bid in as many years with a trip to the Women's Basketball Invitational.  The squad also posted 21 wins, the most in Division I.  Demmings took the Horizon League by storm as a freshman and was named First Team All-League, the league's Newcomer of the Year and a Freshman All- American.  Senior Molly Fox also collected hardware as she was named the League's Second Team.

His first year at WSU was also a year of firsts for the WSU women's basketball program as it played in its first post-season tournament as a division I school when it hosted two rounds of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The team also recorded the most wins in Division I with a 20-13 record. Three Raiders received Horizon League honors--LaShawna Thomas first team, Molly Fox second team and Shaunda Sandifer Newcomer Team.

Bradbury, who led Morehead State to a 50-44 record over three seasons, posted a 22-11 slate in 2009-10, including a bid to the WBI. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Xavier and Cincinnati.

Bradbury was an integral part in signing the nation's top-ranked player at Xavier in 2006-07. While at UC, he helped sign three top 25 classes. In each of his last ten seasons as an assistant coach, his teams qualified for postseason play. In all, 12 of the 17 teams he has been involved with have made postseason appearances, and nearly every team has posted a .500 record or better.

Bradbury spent five seasons at Xavier, and all five resulted in postseason appearances, including two NCAA tournament berths. In his initial season at Xavier, in 2002-03, the Musketeers went 20-10 overall and advanced the NCAA Tournament first round after posting a 12-19 record the season before. In 2006-07, Bradbury helped lead XU to a 26-8 record and another NCAA Tournament berth. In between, his teams made three consecutive WNIT appearances, including a quarterfinal game in 2004-05. In his five seasons, Xavier was 106-50 (.679 winning percentage).

Prior to his time at Xavier, Bradbury was a top assistant coach and the primary recruiter for crosstown school Cincinnati for six years, where he helped the Bearcats to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 127-57 record (.690 winning percentage). His UC career culminated in the 2001-02 squad, going 27-5 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round. He also helped guide the 1998-99 team to a 22-9 record and a first-round NCAA game. Bradbury's time at UC resulted in three WNIT appearances as well.

Bradbury went to Cincinnati after one season at VCU and one at East Tennessee State. At ETSU, his 1995 team took sixth place in the WNIT and compiled a 21-9 record. His coaching career began at Chattanooga, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in recreation. He spent the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons as a student assistant coach before his first full-time assistant coaching assignment came in 1993-94. The 1991-92 UTC team also advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round.


Head Coach:
 Morehead State 
Led Eagles to WBI Appearance in 2009-10 

OVC Tourney
3 Years

Head Coach:
Wright State
Led Raiders to NCAA Tournament in 2013-14
WNIT Appearances in 2014-15 and 2015-16
WBI Appearances in 2010-11 and 2011-12
Guided WSU to school-record 26 victories in 2013-14
Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2014-15

HL Tourney
6 Years

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