Atiba Bradley | Assistant Coach
McKendree University head football coach Mike Babcock has named Atiba Bradley as the Bearcats’ new defensive coordinator. Bradley joined the Bearcats' staff in January 2019.
Bradley comes to McKendree after spending three seasons on staff at the University of South Dakota. Bradley is also very familiar with the NCAA Division II ranks, having served on the coaching staffs at both Quincy University and Missouri Southern State University.
For two seasons at South Dakota, Bradley served as the Coyotes’ co-defensive coordinator. He also helped guide the linebacking corps. In 2017, Bradley was part of the South Dakota staff that guided the Coyotes to an eight-win season and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. South Dakota’s defense ranked fifth in the nation in quarterback sacks.
Prior to his experience at South Dakota, Bradley spent three years on staff at Western Illinois University. There, he was the Leathernecks’ linebackers coach in 2013-14 before being elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 2015. That season, he helped guide Western Illinois into the Division I FCS playoffs for the first time since 2010, where the Leathernecks reached the second round. In Bradley’s first season at Western Illinois in 2013, he tutored a linebacking corps that helped the defensive unit rank seventh nationally in total defense and third in passing defense.
Before making the move to the FBS coaching ranks, Bradley spent the 2012 season as the defensive and recruiting coordinator at Great Lakes Valley Conference member Quincy University. He came to Quincy after serving as the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater – Missouri Southern State University – for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Along with his assistant head coaching and recruiting responsibilities, Bradley was the Lions’ linebackers coach and oversaw student-athlete academic progress.
Bradley was also a graduate assistant and offensive quality control coach at the University of Missouri, assisting in coaching the Tigers’ defensive line and quarterbacks. Bradley began his coaching career on staff at Missouri Southern, serving as the Lions’ assistant cornerbacks coach for the 2006 season before handling duties as the team’s assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in 2007.
As a student-athlete, Bradley was a defense end and linebacker at Missouri Southern from 2002-05. He received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern before earning his master’s degree from the Universit of Missouri.
Bradley and his wife Jacquelyn have three children: Briauna, Kiara and Marcus.
Kenny-Ray Augustus | Assistant Coach
Kenny-Ray Augustus joined the McKendree University football coach staff in the summer of 2018. Augustus will handle duties as the Bearcats' defensive line coach.
Augustus arrived in Lebanon after spending 12 seasons as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Indianapolis. While a member of the Greyhounds' staff, Augustus helped lead the program to five Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and four NCAA Division II playoff appearances.
During his time at UIndy, Augustus coached the defensive line to four seasons that produced 25 or more quarterback sacks. In 2017 -- Augustus' final season at UIndy -- the Greyhounds matched McKendree with 30 sacks, which was good for second in the league. Augustus had four of his pupils earn All-GLVC accolades, including a pair of first-team honorees. Indianapolis also led the GLVC in scoring defense, allowing just under 19 points per contest.
Along with his coaching duties at Indianapolis, Augustus was a two-time participant in the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship. Named after the late Hall of Fame coach who conceived the idea, the program exposes talented minority coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps.
His first experience in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program came in 2010, when Augustus interned with the San Diego Chargers. In addition to assisting in training camp, Augustus assisted with player interviews during the 2012 NFL Combine. Augustus later worked with the Carolina Panthers during training camp in 2012.
In February 2011, Augustus earned one of just 30 NCAA invitations to attend the first-ever NCAA-NFL Football Academy. The four-day event was held in Orlando, Fla., and was developed to provide individuals with the necessary tools and networking opportunities to enhance their chances at success in the football coaching profession.
The Bolingbrook, Ill., native played for two seasons at Joliet Junior College before moving on to the University of CIncinnati. Augustus earned his bachelor's degree from Cincinnati in 1999.
Jordan Quertermous | Graduate Assistant Coach
Jordan Quertermous joined the McKendree University football coaching staff in the spring of 2018. Quertermous will seve as a graduate assistant for the Bearcats, and will aid Michael Harrison in coaching the program's defensive backs.
Quertermous comes to McKendree after spending the 2017 season as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Knox College. While at Knox, Quertermous handled duties as the Prairie Fire's video coordinator. He also assisted with the planning of practice, helped with travel logistics and was a coach for the offensive line.
A four-year letterman for the Knox football team, Quertermous was a three-year starter along the Prairie Fire's offensive line. He also served as a team co-captain while at Knox. Quertermous, a native of Eldorado, Ill., graduated from Knox with a degree in psychology in 2018.
Drake Leeper | Graduate Assistant Coach
Drake Leeper came to McKendree University in the summer of 2018 to serve as a graduate assistant football coach. Leeper will tutor the Bearcats' running backs.
Leeper arrived at McKendree after spending the 2017 season as the offensive and defensive line coach at Ottawa High School. There, he was responsible for installing the run and pass blocking schemes along with installing player improvement drills and managing the special teams unit. Leeper also gained valuable experience serving as an offensive coach for Don Beebe's House of Speed and with the Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
As a player, Leeper captured three consecutive state championships at Rochester High School from 2010-12. The Rockets' 2011 squad racked up the most total yards in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history with nearly 6,800. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Leeper earned second-team All-State accolades in 2012. He went on to play three seasons at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Jordan Fark | Strength and Conditioning Coach