Benjamin Bradford (HEAD COACH)

Head Coach Benjamin Bradford is a Grissom High School Alumni. Coach Bradford wrestled for Grissom as a student from 2007-2011. After high school, he joined the US Navy as a CTR and was deployed to Misawa, Japan Air Force Base from 2012-2015. While on Misawa AFB he was an assistant wrestling coach at Edgren High School where he was a part of two Far East Championship teams. After leaving the navy in 2015 he attended Calhoun Community College and the University of Alabama in Huntsville on the post 9/11 GI Bill where he obtained an undergraduate degree in history. During his time in college (2015-2019) he was an assistant wrestling coach for Grissom. He took over as head coach after the 2019 season. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games, reading history books, and running.

 

CHRIS BRINKLEY (ASSISTANT COACH)

COACHES

Coach Brinkley is the JV/Freshman wrestling coach at Grissom, where he also coaches Freshman Football. Coach Brinkley began his wrestling career in high school at Kecoughtan in Hampton Virginia. He wrestled two years at 185 lbs and two years at Hwt. He was a member of the PWA Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams as well as a member of the Virginia State Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams. After high school Coach Brinkley began his collegiate studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. He was an assistant wrestling coach for three years and football for four years at his high school alma mater. He left Virginia and headed to Maryland and a job with Young Life. While in Maryland he coached JV football and was an assistant wrestling coach at Kent County High School. Coach Brinkley then journeyed to Huntsville where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. He went to work for a local church for several years while obtaining a Master’s Degree in Christian Thought. He has been employed as a teacher in the Huntsville City Schools since 2007. He taught for three years at the Fletcher E. Seldon Center before being transferred to Grissom High School. Coach Brinkley has been married to his wonderful wife, Trisha since 1999. They have two wonderful boys, Kaleb and Elijah. “I hope to mentor young men to be contributors to the storied Grissom wrestling program and to the community at large.”

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