Hampden Academy girls basketball coach resigns

Posted March 28, 2013, at 2:29 p.m.
Last modified March 28, 2013, at 9 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Chad Bradbury, coach of the Hampden Academy girls basketball team, has resigned from that post to devote more time to his expanding property management business.

Bradbury, 38, and his wife, Karen, own KC Management, a company based in Orono which manages rental properties. More than 150 of the units are rented to college students, he said, but they recently added 39 units in Hampden to push the company’s total over the 200 mark.

“All of a sudden life got a lot busier,” he said.

Bradbury said he had been thinking about resigning since about Christmas. Athletic Director Mike Bisson said he received Bradbury’s formal notice Friday and posted the position this week.

“We’re receiving applications right now,” said Bisson.

The process is somewhat open-ended as Bisson said, “We’ll keep going until we find a suitable candidate. We have a hiring process, and we’ll follow that.”

Bisson could be busy filling jobs this spring as football head coach Harry McCluskey retired in January and field hockey coach Deanna Hessert retired this week.

Bradbury had been a coach in the Hampden school system since graduating from the University of Maine in 1997. He became the varsity girls basketball coach in 2009.

He posted an overall record of 45-34 in four years, including a 3-15 mark this season. The Broncos won the Eastern Maine Class A championship in 2011, their first since 1976.

“I feel a little guilty,” said Bradbury. “I couldn’t ask for a better [job]. The kids were great, the parents were supportive and we have a great feeder system.

“It makes my job easier.”

Bradbury started coaching junior varsity boys basketball and soccer, junior high baseball and JV baseball and freshman and JV girls basketball before taking the job as head coach.

He was also an AAU girls basketball coach for 10 years.

“We made national tournament trips to Florida and New Orleans,” said Bradbury.

Bradbury picked up some of his coaching tips while he was a manager for the UMaine men’s basketball team. His last year was with Coach John Giannini, now the head coach at NCAA Sweet Sixteen team La Salle University in Philadelphia.

“I never thought this is what I would be doing,” said Bradbury of the property management business.

In addition to the business taking more time, he has family that he’d like to see more of.

“I have a brother in Aroostook County,” he said. “Their kids are right into basketball and I’d like to see them play before it’s too late. They grow up so fast.”

He expects to coach again, maybe as soon as 2-4 years.

“I love the competition, the strategizing,” he said. “It won’t be long, I’m sure, before I get the itch again.”

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