Hi, my name is Ben Bradley, and I am the Founder/Owner/Head Coach of the Rising Phoenix Track Club. At the age of 27, I have been coaching for seven years now. My first coaching job was through the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis youth track and field program where I coached for two years and saw nearly 200% growth in the program from year one to year two. I also helped to streamline the way that the entire youth track league in that area ran their track meet and tracked results.
Upon my return to Pendleton, OR, I came back to where my passion for track and field had first began. I started coaching for the Pendleton High School track and field team in the spring season of 2013 as a volunteer assistant sprint coach. After two years, I ended up accepting the job of coaching hurdles in 2015 and continue that to this day.
I originally thought of and created the Rising Phoenix Track Club way back in 2012 and it has been a very slow process, but is now beginning to gain some momentum and it is SO EXCITING to me to be able to finally have an official program laid out and running for the club this summer.
Track and field is my absolute passion in life and I love coaching and being able to help athletes reach their athletic potential in such an amazing sport. I am constantly increasing my education and seeking knowledge in order to make myself a better coach. In 2013, I received my USA Track & Field Level One certification in basic track and field coaching. Last summer, in 2016, I attended a week long, intensive training based solely on coaching the sprints, hurdles, and relay events at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN, where I received my USATF Level Two event specialist certification for the Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. This summer, 2017, I will be traveling to Chicago, IL, in order to attend another week long, intensive training through the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association where I will, upon completion, receive my Event Specialist certification for Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays, as well as my Track & Field Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. From Chicago, I will then travel to Fullerton, CA, to attend another USA Track & Field Level Two school to receive my event specialist certification for the Endurance/Long Distance running events.
As you can see, I love this sport and coaching in this sport. I strive to make myself the best that I can be at making athletes the best that they can be and I won’t stop until I’m at the top!