Drew Adams begins his first season as assistant coach for Bradley Basketball, but he has an established history of winning in a career that has included stops at Tennessee, Indiana and New Mexico.
Adams comes to Bradley from the University of New Mexico, where he worked for four years and helped the Lobos to a 99-36 (.733) overall record, including a 45-21 (.682) tally in the Mountain West Conference with at least a share of two regular-season league titles, three MWC postseason tournament crowns and three top-7 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. He initially joined the staff in 2011-12 as Director of Operations for Steve Alford, was promoted to assistant coach for the 2012-13 season and remained on Craig Neal's staff the last two years.
Adams, who played for Alford during the 2006-07 season at Iowa, began his coaching career as a student assistant at Tennessee, helping the Volunteers to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first No. 1 national ranking during the 2007-08 season. After graduating from Tennessee in 2009, Adams spent two years on Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana, first as Coordinator of Basketball Systems in 2009-10 before being promoted to Director of Operations for the 2010-11 season. He also has coached on the AAU level for the Indiana Elite program.
Adams began his collegiate playing career at Florida Community College of Jacksonville where he was team captain as a sophomore in 2005-06 before transferring to Iowa.
Adams is a 2004 graduate of Bloomington High School South, where he spent three years playing for head coach J.R. Holmes. During his senior season at South, the Panthers won Conference Indiana and he was selected as team captain, was the team's leading scorer and was an all-conference selection. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Tennessee in 2009.
Following a highly-successful, eight-year run as a head coach in one of the toughest junior college leagues in the nation, former Marquette star Mike Bargen begins his first year as an assistant coach at Bradley.
Bargen comes to Bradley from Butler Community College, where he was a two-time Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, including the 2014-15 season when he led the Grizzlies to a 29-4 record and an at-large berth into the NJCAA National Tournament. Bargen averaged better than 20 wins per season during his eight years at the helm of the Butler C.C. program, finishing with a 164-93 (.638) record, capped by a 75-22 (.773) mark in his final three seasons.
While climbing to as high as No. 4 in the 2014-15 NJCAA Top 25 in 2014-15, Bargen's final Grizzlies team set school records for the most wins in a regular season (28), conference wins in a season (14), best winning percentage (.879) and consecutive wins (22), while enjoying a perfect, 16-0 home record.
In addition to his team success, Bargen helped 21 players move on to NCAA Division I (13) and II (eight) programs. His players earned 15 All-Jayhawk Conference awards and he produced 10 NJCAA All-Region VI honorees, as well as a first-team NJCAA All-American.
Bargen played collegiately from 1995-99 at Marquette, where his career overlapped with current Braves head coach Brian Wardle. A two-year starter for the Golden Eagles, Bargen was the team captain and most valuable player during his senior season in 1998-99, when he led team in rebounds and blocked shots and finished second in scoring.
After earning his bachelor's degree in psychology from Marquette in 1999, Bargen received his master's degree in business administration in 2004 from Creighton University, where he served as a graduate manager on Dana Altman's Bluejays staff. In the three seasons Bargen spent with the Bluejays, Creighton amassed a 72-23 (.758) record. The Bluejays won the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, claimed two MVC Tournament titles (2002, 2003) and played in two NCAA Tournaments (2002, 2003) with a first-round win against Florida in 2002. During that time, Bargen also had an opportunity to work with a quartet of All-MVC players, including current NBA players Anthony Tolliver (Detroit Pistons) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks).
Bargen began his tenure at Butler Community College as an assistant coach for three seasons from 2004-07. He was promoted to head coach for the 2007-08 season and by his third year in 2009-10, he led the Grizzlies to their first Jayhawk West Conference championship since 2001. His 2009-10 squad finished with 29 wins and Butler C.C. won the Region VI championship for the first time since 1996, qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament for the fourth time in program history.
Bargen is married to the former Kacy Siemsen and the couple has three children: John, Olivia and Maddox.
Jimmie Foster begins his first year as an assistant coach at Bradley after helping Green Bay to 95 wins and a pair of NIT appearances on head coach Brian Wardle's staff the previous five years. The Milwaukee native brings eight years of college basketball coaching experience to his new position on The Hilltop.
During his time at Green Bay, Foster helped the Phoenix to 95-65 (.594) record from 2010-15, culminating with consecutive 24-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, as well as the 2014 Horizon League championship and back-to-back appearances in the NIT.
Foster's on-court responsibilities will focus on Bradley's bigs, similar to his responsibilities at Green Bay, where he is credited with helping develop 7-foot-1 center Alec Brown into the 2014 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and a second-round selection by the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft. Under's Foster tutelage, Brown was a 3-time All-Horizon League selection. Foster also helped develop Greg Mays into a second-team all-conference performer in 2014-15.
As a recruiter, Foster helped the Phoenix with his relationships in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota as well as his ties to the junior college ranks and in Canada.
Along with on-court coaching and recruiting responsibilities, Foster will handle some of the program's scouting. At Green Bay, he also spearheaded the program's community service efforts and his involvement on campus included membership in UW-Green Bay's Diversity Committee. The Green Bay men's basketball program contributed more than 800 hours of community service annually under Foster's watch.
Foster went to North Dakota after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Eagles went a combined 60-10 in his two seasons at the school, finishing third nationally in 2008 and as the runner-up in NJCAA Division II in 2009. During his two-year stint, Foster helped nine Eagles earn all-conference honors, while two of his players nabbed NJCAA All-America honors.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Foster was a standout player at Rufus King High School before going on to a successful collegiate career at Kirkwood and the University of South Dakota. At Kirkwood, Foster earned second-team All-America honors as a sophomore and helped lead the Eagles to a pair of ICCAC Championships. He also twice was named All-Region XI.
After transferring to South Dakota for his final two collegiate seasons, Foster was a two-time All-North Central Conference honoree and was named the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2001. Foster earned his bachelor's degree in recreation from USD in 2002.
Foster's coaching career began back in his hometown where he was an assistant varsity coach for Milwaukee Juneau High School from 2005-06.
Foster is married to the former Sulama Campos.
Director of Operations
Ryan Sharbaugh begins his first season as Director of Basketball Operations and comes to Bradley from Florida State, where he spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant on Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles staff. In 2015-16, Sharbaugh helped Florida State to a 20-14 record and the second round of the National Invitation Tournament and he had the opportunity to work with FSU’s most-recent NBA Draft pick, Malik Beasely, who was selected 19th overall by the Denver Nuggets.
During his time in Tallahassee, FL, the Seminoles landed a pair of top-10 recruiting classes. In addition to his administrative duties at FSU, Sharbaugh coordinated the Leonard Hamilton Basketball Camps. Prior to Florida State, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Urbana University, where he helped mentor two all-conference performers.
Sharbaugh was an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College during the 2011-12 school year, helping the Bobcats to NCAA Division II regional semifinal appearance and 22-9 record. He got his start in coaching at the collegiate level during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as a graduate assistant at California University (PA).
A 2008 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, Sharbaugh has earned master’s degrees from both California University (PA) and Florida State.
Sharbaugh is married to the former Marianna Lupi.
Coordinator of Player Development & Video Operations
Troy Pierce joins the Braves after two years as a graduate assistant at Emporia State, where he recently completed work toward a master’s in health, physical education and recreation. A Kansas native, Pierce also is familiar with the Land of Lincoln, however, spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Illinois-Springfield.
In addition to his coaching duties at Emporia State, Pierce handled team travel and had oversight of the team’s video productions.
A 2013 graduate of Emporia State, Pierce played for current Bradley assistant coach Mike Bargen at Butler Community College, where he served as team captain and helped the Grizzlies to 54 wins in his two seasons as a player from 2008-10. Pierce began his coaching career at Emporia State as a student assistant in 2012-13 while finishing up work toward his degree.
Chris Braun begins her third year as the administrative assistant for men's basketball, but she has been a valued member of the Bradley Athletics staff for nine years.
Braun had served as the department's Coaches Secretary from 2005 through the end of the 2010-11 academic year. In her previous role, Braun provided office support for the baseball, soccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country and women's track and field teams at Shea Stadium during the department's facility transition period. After the entire department moved into Renaissance Coliseum in the summer of 2010, Braun provided administrative assistance for 12 of the department's 14 sports while also serving as the department receptionist.