Midwest City coach Dewayne Bradley's personality wears off on team

SUPER 5 COACH OF THE YEAR — The Midwest City boys team not only drew from coach Dewayne Bradley's personality, those qualities turned out to be what made them a great team.
by Scott Wright Published: April 6, 2013
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photo - Dewayne Bradley, Midwest City coach. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Dewayne Bradley, Midwest City coach. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Often, a good basketball team will draw off the personality of its coach.

The Midwest City boys team not only drew from coach Dewayne Bradley's personality, those qualities turned out to be what made them a great team.

“He's a real fiery dude,” senior guard Cornell Neal said of Bradley, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Coach of the Year. “He always wants to win. He's gonna make sure he puts you in the right positions to win, and he expects us to go get the job done.

“Fiery and relentless. That's what we played like as a team this season, to be so little and to play so big.”

Fiery and relentless, yet controlled. The latter is probably the most impressive quality, considering the lack of control that often comes with the first two.

Bradley's team controlled egos to play with a balanced, team-first approach. They controlled their emotions, despite playing an intense, aggressive style that could have pushed them over the emotional edge.

That control allowed them to stay on their game plan, which was to frustrate opposing offenses with in-your-face defense that created easy Midwest City points.

The Bombers were never fazed when they became ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, nor when USA Today ranked them No. 13 in the nation. They handled expectations and pressure well, and they never panicked against teams with more size — which was most of their opponents, considering the Bombers' starting lineup regularly included only one player taller than 6-foot-1.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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