MSSU football sets new culture under Atiba Bradley

The Lions prepare for their first season under Bradley and first full schedule since 2019.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Southern gears up for it’s first full season since going 2-9 in 2019. Now it’s time for an new era of Lions football under head coach Atiba Bradley.

“That was one of the first things I wanted to do when I got there was create a culture of competition,” Bradley says. “Whether it’s at quarterback, whether it’s at defensive back, offensive line… You’ll find that the best teams in this league have competition at every position.”

The Lions quickly got to work. Bradley was hired in February and the team turned around to play its one and only spring game in March.

“It was very important as an evaluation,” Bradley says. “It gave us an idea of where we were as a football team. They had gone almost a full year without any competition. Just being able to go back out there, hit someone other than your teammates, compete against someone other than your teammates… I think that was a good feeling for them.”

“We can work harder at a lot of things that we did in that game, but I know for sure that that was base that we set and now we just have to work and build ground from there,” says senior defensive back, Malachi Broadnax.

There is a new set of expectations.

“We’re just developing our standard of football and making sure we always meet or exceed our standard,” Bradley says.

Bradley returns to his alma mater to reinvigorate the program.

“Now to come back as a coach I’m able to see the other side of it,” Bradley says. “I think I have an interesting perspective and now I can put both together and figure out a way to be more successful at Missouri Southern.”

His team is excited to see what they can make of it.

“We haven’t stopped talking about it since June started, since we’ve all been able to come together and see each other,” Broadnax says. “I know for a fact the players and the coaches are excited to see what we’re going to do this season.”

The Lions play their season opener on September 2nd at Nebraska-Kearney.