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Missouri hires new senior associate athletic director of strategic communications

Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades.
Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades. The Associated Press

Missouri continues to raid the Memphis athletic department.

MU announced Wednesday that Ryan Bradley had been hired as senior associate athletic director of strategic communications.

Bradley, 33, had been promoted to Memphis’ senior associate athletic director for external relations in January.

He joins Barry Odom, who was hired in December as Missouri’s new defensive coordinator, and Wren Baker, who was hired in May as MU’s new deputy athletic director, as high-profile additions from Memphis in the last eight months.

Bradley will coordinate all strategic communications at Missouri, including media relations and publications, as well as digital and social media. He also will serve as the athletic department’s spokesman.

“I would like to thank (MU athletic director) Mack Rhoades and Wren Baker for this tremendous opportunity,” Bradley said in a statement. “I am honored to be joining the Mizzou family, and I am absolutely thrilled to be coming to a university and an athletics department that are both held in such high regard. My family and I cannot wait to get to Columbia, which as a community offers so much and already felt like home when we first visited.”

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel met with the media Wednesday after the Tigers wrapped up the first full week of practice. Hear his thoughts after practice No. 7.

Bradley and his wife, Heather, have four children — Madison, Baron, Cannon and Sutton.

“Ryan Bradley is a rising star in intercollegiate athletics,” Rhoades said in a release. “I’ve been able to follow his work and have been impressed with some of the aggressive, strategic initiatives he led at Memphis. We are in the process of outlining several key initiatives in our external areas, and Ryan will be a tremendous asset in helping plan and implement them.”

Bradley, who earned a degree in broadcast journalism at Arkansas in 2005 and master’s in sports management at East Central University in 2011, succeeded Baker as the athletic director Rogers State in Oklahoma from 2011-13 before joining Memphis.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ryan Bradley previously and have watched his growth over the years,” Baker said. “He is hard-working, analytical and innovative and will be a great addition to our team. We are excited to have him join the Mizzou family.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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