Drew Adams is in his third season as assistant coach with the Bradley basketball program.
Adams joined Bradley after four seasons at the University of New Mexico, where he helped the Lobos to a 99-36 (.733) overall record, including a 45-21 (.682) tally in the Mountain West Conference. During his tenure in New Mexico, Adams helped the program to two regular-season league titles, three Mountain West 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 his final two seasons.
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.
A 2004 graduate of Bloomington High School South, Adams 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.
Adams and his wife, Brooke, have one daughter, Quinn.
Bargen joined the Bradley sideline after an eight-year run as head coach at Butler Community College. During his tenure on the El Dorado, Kansas, campus, Bargen was twice named Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year and led the Grizzlies to a 164-93 (.683) record. He averaged more than 20 wins per season at Butler, highlighted by a 29-4 record during the 2014-15 campaign and an at-large berth into the NJCAA National Tournament.
While climbing to as high as No. 4 in the 2014-15 NJCAA Top 25, 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, 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 (Cleveland Cavaliers).
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 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 four children – John, Olivia, Maddox and Blake.
A member of Brian Wardle’s staff for the last seven years, Jimmie Foster is now in his third year as an assistant coach at Bradley.
Foster made the move with Wardle to Bradley after the duo helped lead Green Bay to 95 wins and a pair of NIT appearances in five seasons from 2010 to 2015. Overall, the Phoenix posted a 95-65 (.594) record during Foster’s time on campus, culminating with consecutive 24-win seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, as well as the 2014 Horizon League Championship.
Similar to his responsibilities at Green Bay, Foster will continue to mentor the program’s post players at Bradley. He made a quick impact with the Braves program in his two years as forward Donte Thomas was named to the MVC Most Improved Team following the 2015-16 campaign, while center Koch Bar and forward Luuk van Bree have both landed on the conference’s All-Freshman Team.
Among his highlights during his tenure with the Phoenix, Foster helped 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 three-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 handles 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.
Prior to his time at Green Bay, Foster spent one season as an assistant coach at North Dakota – helping the program transition to the Division I level – and two years as an assistant at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his two years at Kirkwood, the Eagles went a combined 60-10, finishing third nationally in 2008 and as the runner-up in NJCAA Division II in 2009. Foster helped nine Eagles earn all-conference honors, while two of his players nabbed NJCAA All-America honors.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 and his wife, Sulama, have two children – Samiyah Jae and Jaide Skye.
Director of Operations
Ryan Sharbaugh is in second season as Director of Basketball Operations.
Sharbaugh joined the Braves after spending two seasons as graduate assistant at Florida State 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 had the opportunity to work with FSU NBA Draft pick, Malik Beasely, who was selected 19th overall by the Denver Nuggets.
During his time in Tallahassee, Florida, 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, Pennsylvania, Sharbaugh earned master’s degrees from both California University and Florida State.
Sharbaugh is married to the former Marianna Lupi.
Coordinator of Player Development & Video Operations
Troy Pierce in his second season on the Bradley coaching staff as the program’s Coordinator of Player Development and Video Operations.
Pierce joined the Braves after two years as a graduate assistant at Emporia State, where he 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.
Pierce married his wife, Raney, in May 2017.
Chris Braun begins her seventh year as the administrative assistant for men's basketball, but she has been a valued member of the Bradley Athletics staff for 13 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.