Tucker Bradley wins the Bill “Mr. Wildcat” Keightley Award


Messenger Staff

Meade County High School senior Tucker Bradley has been selected to be the Fourth Annual Bill “Mr. Wildcat” Keightley Award recipient. The award honors a Kentucky high school senior basketball manager, who exemplifies the essence of “team player”; a person who supports their team with passion, dedication and enthusiasm while also performing well off the court, in the classroom and in the community, according to the press release.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned from managing Meade County’s girls basketball team is the importance of humility and putting other people’s needs before my own. I’ve always grown up as the one playing in the game, so I never truly appreciated the importance of managers until I became one,” Bradley said in the release. “Through my experience as a manager, I’ve learned that my role is to do anything necessary to keep the team operating at a high level. This experience will serve me well in the future, when I start off at the bottom in my workplace and have to prove my work-ethic and accountability to fellow employees.”

Bradley says his dream is to work for ESPN and that managing the basketball team should serve him well in those regards.

“Managing the basketball team has given me the opportunity. To cut up film and interpret the importance of different statistics on the outcome of the game,” Bradley explained. “In that regard, being a manager now has given me a small glimpse into my future career.”

Bradley has also played varsity tennis since middle school and won the Region 3 Championship in 2019, but was unable to defend that championship in 2020, due to COVID-19 forcing the cancelation of the season. Bradley is also active in Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. He also serves as the Student Body Vice President, as a student ambassador at MCHS, on the Superintendent Advisory Board and took part in the Governor’s Scholar Program. In the community, Bradley volunteers for the Meade County Public Library and at Radiant Church’s Kids Ministry where he is a part of the Youth Ministry Team.

Bill Keightley, the award’s namesake, served his country in World War II after joining the U.S. Marines. In 1962, he began serving as the Equipment Manager for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. This is a post he would hold until his death in 2008. In his 46 year tenure, he would serve Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Eddie Sutton, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, and Billie Gillespie. Not only would he go down as one of the most recognized basketball managers of all time, but he would be a part of teams that won three NCAA Championships and 12 SEC Conference Championship during his tenure.

Tucker Bradley is the son of Randall and Shannon Bradley. He plans on attending Anderson University to play tennis and major in sports marketing and accounting.

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