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Head Coach Bio

Brad is a native of Haldimand County where he attended and played football for Cayuga Secondary High School. In 1974 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and completed his basic training in Cornwallis N.S. His unit was shipped to Winnipeg Manitoba to join their future battalion 2nd PPCLI Kapyong Barracks. Before leaving the Pat’s, he signed with the Winnipeg Rods of the CJFL. In his first season with the Rods, he was awarded Rockie of the year. After playing 2 seasons, he spent time the U of M Bisons and then McMaster Marauders in Hamilton.

Brad starting coaching with the Burlington Invictus in 1995 and then in 1996 working with DB’s and LB’s. In 1997 he relocated to St.Catharines and joined the coaching staff at Niagara College, helping out with the Defense. Before signing with the Burlington Braves in 2006 he was involved coaching with Lakeport, Governor Simcoe and St. Catharines Collegiate high schools. It was at that time Brad started attending football coaching clinics at Penn State University for 5 consecutive years. During the 4 seasons with the Braves, in 2008 they won the OFC championship dethroning the 8 time St.Leonard Courgars champions in their home stadium. As the defensive coordinator, he built one of the best defenses in the country not only in 2008, but also in 2010. As the OFC champions, they went on to play for the National Championship against Vancouver Island Raiders.

For the next 3 seasons Coach Anderson signed contracts that would take him away from the local scene and introduce him to Football Europe. First stop was with Napoli Briganti in Italy. Followed by Hamburg Huskies in the north of Germany and Hassleholm Hurricanes in the south of Sweden. Brad was hired as the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for all 3 teams. In 2014 he worked with Dave Richardson as a Defensive Coordinator with the Niagara Storm Varsity team.

The President of the Burlington Braves contacted Coach Brad and offered him the General Managers position for the 2015 season. Before the season started he took over the Head Coaching role as well. It was a collective initiative lead by Coach Anderson to relocate the team to its new home in the Niagara Region.


Recent Learning Experiences

2016 Saskatchewan Rough Riders Mini Camp
Guest Coach working with the Defensive Lineman (5 Days)
2015 Edmonton Eskimos Training Camp
Guest Coach working with Running Backs and Special Teams. (12 Days)
2014 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Mini Camp
Guest Coach working with Linebackers. (1 day)
National Grid Iron League
Guest Coach working with Linebackers at combines in Cincinnati and Dallas . The players that attended these camps were recent cuts from the NFL and CFL and undrafted DI, D2 and D3 players.


 

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