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John Bradley Named Head Girls Swim & Dive Coach 05/02/21

Minnetonka Schools Names John Bradley as Head Girls Swim and Dive Coach 


(MINNETONKA, Minnesota, April 29, 2021)  Minnetonka Schools has named John Bradley as its Head Swimming and Diving Coach.  Last year the Skippers swimming and diving team won the Lake Conference Championship and the Section 2AA tournament, while being the #1 ranked team in the state all season. 
Bradley replaces Craig Charlson who held the position for the past year, prior to that Dan Berve had been the head coach since 2011. Bradley will begin his new role immediately, while continuing to serve as the Aquatics Director for Minnetonka Public Schools, a position he started March 8th. 
Bradley brings nearly three decades of experience as a head swimming coach and a swimming program director at the high school and club levels. He served as sports development director for Minnesota Swimming, Inc. in Hopkins and as masters swimming coach for the Rochester Swim Club. Prior to that, he led the age-group program at the Waukesha Express Swim Team in Wisconsin for five years and was the new senior coach at Elmbrook Swim Club in Brookfield, WI for four years.
“I am very pleased to announce the hiring of John Bradley as our Head Girls’ Swimming and Diving Coach.” said Ted Schultz, Activities Director for Minnetonka High School. “He brings a student-centered approach that is intended to nurture positive relationship with the student-athletes with the goal of competing at the highest level possible in the conference, section, and state.”

“I look forward to leading the Minnetonka squad this fall! It’s exciting to be a part of a program with such a rich tradition of excellence. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge of competing against the best teams in our conference and the MSHSL at large.”
From 2015 to 2019, John served as Central Zone Coach Director and was a member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors. During that time he was a member of the USA Swimming Safe Sport Working Group and the USA Swimming Nominating Committee. He has served as committee chair for Minnesota Swimming’s Senior, Technical Planning and Age Group committees and for Wisconsin Swimming Age Group Committee. 

He also has earned a number of designations, including Minnesota Age Group Coach of the year (2011), Wisconsin Age Group Coach of the Year (2005, 2006), Head Zone Coach- Team Minnesota (2011), Zone Coach- Team Minnesota (2009-10), All-Star Head Coach- Team Minnesota (2015), Head Zone Coach- Team Wisconsin (2006) and Zone Coach- Team Wisconsin (1997-98, 2004-05). Bradley earned his BA in government and studio arts from Lawrence University.
Coach Bradley is in the process of planning meetings with returning athletes, parents, and senior parents.  Please look for this information in the near future.   

About Minnetonka Public Schools 
Minnetonka School District is a high-performing public school district serving more than 11,000 students in early childhood and preschool through grade 12, with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. Nestled on the southern shores of Lake Minnetonka and including all or parts of 10 communities, this suburban community is a district of choice, attracting more than 3,800 students from 51 school districts in Minnesota.