HARRISONBURG, Va. - Former James Madison football standout Isai Bradshaw has been promoted to a full-time defensive coaching position, Head Coach Mickey Matthews announced today. Bradshaw has been a part-time member of the coaching staff as an assistant defensive line and linebackers coach since 2007.
"Isai has played for us, has been a graduate assistant for us, and is very deserving of a full time position on the defensive side of the ball," Matthews said. "The best way to describe Isai is that he's one of us. He has purple blood.
"He's an excellent on the field teacher, and I have no doubt he will be a good recruiter," Matthews continued. "He has worked very hard and we're looking forward to having him as a full time coach."
As a four-year letterwinner for the Dukes from 2002-05, Bradshaw racked up 270 career tackles and 12.5 sacks as a linebacker and defensive end. He was a member of the 2004 National Championship team and a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 player in 2005 after finishing with 32 tackles, nine for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. As a freshman in 2002, Bradshaw ranked second on the team with 109 tackles, including 75 tackles in JMU's last five games. He was honored as National Defensive Player of the Week by Football Gazette after a 21-tackle effort in a win over William & Mary. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native graduated from JMU in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a sports management concentration.