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July 3, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Bradford named new coach at CRISD

CROSS ROADS — The Cross Roads Bobcats have their new head coach in former Shelbyville athletic coordinator and football coach Jim Bradford.

Bradford comes to Cross Roads following a seven year stint at Shelbyville — where he finished 3-7 last year.

“I have heard a lot of good things about the school,” Bradford said. “I have a daughter that is going to be a freshman so we wanted her in a good school system. My parents live in Kaufman and I look forward to getting in here and getting started.”

Bradford takes over for a program that went 2-8 under coach Brad Wallace last year.

Bradford said he would like to see improvement in terms of turnout and wins this season.

“The main thing is to get some consistency,” Bradford said. “I came from a school where it was almost the same situation with four coaches in four years. I was there for five years and turned things around.”

Cross Roads athletic director Giff Durham said Bradford’s experience will pay dividends for the student athletes next season.

“It will be tough but I think he is the type of guy that can do it,” Durham said. “There is no question when he gets here that he will get things rolling and this is a tough football job. I think he can come in here and get things going and we are looking forward to this situation.”

Durham said one of the main reasons he wanted Bradford was his credentials at Shelbyville.

“I was impressed that he took a team that had won two games in two years and took them to the playoffs in either the next year or the year after that,” Durham said. “He has taken a team that has been down and taken them to the playoffs.”

Bradford said with the change coming so late in the offseason, he knows it will take time to get his system in place once he sees what type of athletes he has coming back.

“It is going to take until district. We will start off slow and we won’t get moving until the students know what we are doing,” Bradford said. “We want to make sure the kids understand our system before we move on to something else.”

The Bobcats could have a strong season from sophomore Aaron Arden, linebacker Justin Vaughan, Michael Corbell, Chace Lopez, Tye Jenkins and Seth McGlaun.

“We are going to get in there and meet the kids, Bradford said. “We are going to watch some film and see what kind of athletes we have and see what we can do. We are going to try and get our system in and it will be tough. We have to work hard and get it done and get the new coaches in to learn our system.”

Durham said with over 20 years of experience coming from Bradford, he would like to see the team bounce back from a tough 2012 football season.

“Any AD or coach would love for a team to make the playoffs but we want to see improvement,” Durham said. We would love to be able to make the playoffs next year.”

The Bobcats are picked to finish fourth in the district by Dave Campbell’s Texas football magazine.

Durham said Bradford was approved by the school board last week and will sign his contract next week.

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