The Bradley Pride Youth Wrestling Club received another major boost of support from the Allan Jones Foundation this week.
Steve Logsdon, head coach of Bradley Pride, announced that the youth club received a generous monetary support.
The Foundation matches annually what is raised for the club, to a certain level.
“This matching donation demonstrates the commitment of the Allan Jones Foundation to helping our club grow so that Bradley and Cleveland will always have the top two wrestling programs in Tennessee,” said Logsdon. “The Foundation supports both the Bradley and Cleveland kids wrestling clubs and always keeps its commitments to both.”
Bradley Pride is a wrestling program that gives young wrestlers of all skill levels, in grades K through 8, a chance to learn the essentials of practice and competition. The goal of the program is to train and maintain the highest-quality athletes to help continue the finest wrestling program in Tennessee.
Logsdon is regarded as one of the greatest high school wrestling coach in Tennessee history and was honored last year by the Foundation for an epic winning streak that may never be beaten.
From 1994-2010, the Bradley Central High School wrestling team under Logsdon posted a home dual meet record of 128-0. During that remarkable streak, the Bradley Central Bears captured 12 state duals titles and 10 traditional state titles.
As head coach at Bradley from 1992-2004 and again from 2007-2011 (18 seasons), Logsdon’s teams celebrated 20 team state championships. During the course of his entire coaching career, his record was 382 wins and 26 losses.
“Coach Logsdon had four undefeated seasons and seven seasons with only one loss,” said Bailey Jones, a vice president at Check Into Cash. “We are proud to recognize this legendary coach who knows how to win consistently year-after-year and teach young athletes how to go from good to great. He is the best there has ever been. You can’t argue with 128 wins and zero losses.”
Typical practices for the Logsdon team will consist of two to three times a week for one-hour sessions and five to six tournament opportunities. The Bradley Pride experience provides excellent youth level competitions while providing basic wrestling skills that enable them to become successful at the middle and high school levels.
Logsdon offered a special thanks to the Foundation and to the Jones companies like Check Into Cash that have supported the club through the years.
“Allan Jones has said many times that youth wrestling clubs are important because the wrestlers develop a love for the sport and build a strong work ethic that will carry them through life,” he said. “He also appreciates that we strive to teach young athletes moral character and good sportsmanship. Winning starts at this level.”
Jones agreed with Logsdon.
“If there is a state championship won in wrestling, we want it to be one of our three schools — and it all starts with the kids clubs,” said Jones.