March 5, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's Ray Woodard continued the restructuring of his football coaching staff Monday by announcing the addition of three assistants, including former University of Texas standout and former NFL All-Pro player Bill Bradley.
Bradley, already a member of the University of Texas Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Hall of Fame, joins the Cardinal staff as defensive coordinator. His extensive coaching background includes stints as a secondary coach with the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills and as defensive coordinator at Baylor University.
Bradley, a Palestine native, has also coached in the Canadian Football League, the United Football League, the World League of American Football and the United States Football League.
"I've known Bill my entire coaching career," said Woodard, who has compiled a 9-13 record since Lamar restarted its football program for the 2010 season. "He brings a wealth of experience and energy to Lamar, and I'm really looking forward to coaching with him."
As a player, Bradley was a do-it-all standout with the Longhorns from 1966-1968, pulling duty at quarterback and at defensive back and handling punting and holding chores.
With the Philadelphia Eagles, Bradley earned three All-Pro awards as a free safety, and he twice led the NFL in interceptions. He also served the Eagles as a punter, kick returner and holder.
With Bradley coming aboard as defensive coordinator, Woodard has reassigned last season's co-defensive coordinators Craig McGallion and Allen Johnson to other duties. McGallion will serve as linebackers coach, and Johnson has been promoted to assistant head coach and will continue to supervise the secondary.
Woodard also announced the additions of former Lamar offensive coordinator Larry Kueck and of former Trinity High School head football coach and athletic director Chuck Langston. Kueck, who served as coach Ray Alborn's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 1986-1989, returns to Lamar as wide receivers coach, and Langston will serve as director of football operations.
"I have coached against Larry, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him," said Woodard of Kueck, who has also put in stints as offensive coordinator at Marshall University, Southern Methodist University, Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi. "He's a great offensive tactician who has coached at the Division 1 level for many years. His experience will be a great asset to our program."
As director of football operations, Langston, who coached at Oklahoma University and at the University of Central Oklahoma before getting into high school coaching, will handle a variety of duties, including travel arrangements, equipment, high school liaison and summer camp director.
"This was a much needed position that will help me in a variety of ways," said Woodard. "Chuck has been a junior college and high school head coach, so he understands everything that surrounds a football program. He's a West Brook graduate (1991) and a former four-year letterman (as a center) at Oklahoma, and we're glad to have him on our staff."
The Cardinals will open spring training on March 19 and the annual Red-White Spring Game is tentatively set for Apr. 18.