LAS CRUCES – Former Carlsbad and Farmington head coach Gary Bradley has rejoined his brother, Michael, at Mayfield High School as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator.
Mayfield head coach Michael Bradley officially added Gary to his staff as an assistant earlier this spring after Gary spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at Carlsbad. The hiring marks Gary’s return to a coaching position in Las Cruces for the first time since the 00s, when he also served on Michael’s team as an assistant.
Michael added that although Gary’s official title is offensive coordinator, he has assumed some associate head coach duties as well since he joined the staff.
“After 25 years, he’s ready to come back home. Every coach in the state this year, and the last couple of years, has been hurting looking for coaches,” Michael said. “So obviously, I’m going to start with my family, because my whole family are coaches. Gary was the first person I called to come back, and he was ready. He was ready to come back home.”
Gary began his coaching career at Mayfield before going on to complete his education at Western New Mexico, then returned to Mayfield as an assistant again before taking the head coaching job at Farmington. He then left Farmington to become the head football coach at Carlsbad in 2015.
The Bradley brothers met once in the playoffs in 2019. Mayfield defeated Carlsbad 21-14.
Michael said he pitched the assistant position to Gary without knowing what his response would be, but still wanted to extend the offer.
“This is where he grew up. This is Las Cruces. We used to live on Carlyle Dr. together,” Michael said. “He was just ready to come home. My mom’s still here. My sister’s still here. He’s got friends here. He was ready to come back.”
Michael, who has spent more than 15 years as Mayfield’s head coach and will enter his 29th year of coaching this season, said he is not contemplating retirement and did not hire Gary to be his successor.
“We’re still taking it one day at a time,” Michael said.
Gary left the Cavemen following a 3-7 2021 season in which Carlsbad was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Volcano Vista. His best season at Carlsbad was a 6-5 2019 campaign in which the Cavemen also lost in the first round of the postseason.
He won the 2013 4A state title as the head coach at Farmington with a 12-1 record.
Mayfield opens the 2022 season Aug. 26 at Santa Teresa.
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Carlsbad head coach Gary Bradley reunites with brother, Michael, at Mayfield