Bradke's divers saw plenty of success in his first season in Loudonville. Most notably, Elizabeth Rice won three consecutive MAAC Women's Diver of the Week awards, and went a perfect 8-0 in the three-meter event at dual meets. Bradke also led the diving team to a top-8 finish at MAAC Championships to complete his first year.
A native of nearby Latham, Bradke spent five seasons as the head diving coach and swimming and diving recruiting coordinator at SUNY-Potsdam. Hired as the youngest NCAA coach ever at age 19, Bradke led Potsdam to the #1 National seed by the time he was 21.
In 2010, Bradke led Potsdam to a National Championship in one-meter diving and third place finish in three-meter diving at the Division III level. Under Bradke's tutelage, he mentored 2009 NCAA Diver of the Year Nathan LaRowe, while also producing four NCAA All-Americans and three All-American Honorable mentions.
Bradke dove collegiately at Potsdam where he scored in the top-16 at the SUNYAC Championships from 2003-04.