MSSU’s Atiba Bradley has long history with assistant coach Joe Bettasso

The two are childhood friends and former Lions teammates.

Atiba Bradley and Joe Bettasso are childhood friends and Joplin natives. They are also former college teammates. Now, they reunite on the same coaching staff at their alma mater, Missouri Southern.

Bettasso has spent the past three years with the Lions including a stint as interim head coach in 2018. Bradley was announced as head football coach earlier this week.