Deanna Bradley serves as the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Director. Bradley has filled the role of A.D. since she arrived in 1991. In 1995, she was honored by the institution as the SMWC Employee of the Year. Under her guidance, the Athletic Department has grown to field 13 sports. She started the school's first scholarship athletic programs for women's basketball (1994-95), softball (1995-96), women's soccer (2000), women's golf (2008), Equestrian Hunt Seat (2008), Equestrian Western (2008), women's cross country (2009), volleyball (2015), men's cross country (2017), men's soccer (2018), men's and women's track & field (2019). Bradley helped push the coed implementation of men's athletics to SMWC as the institution announced it would become coed beginning in 2015-16.
Bradley has overseen SMWC's transition from the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). SMWC has claimed 14 national titles under Bradley’s direction. She has examined the construction of the Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center, which provides student-athletes and the campus community with a top-notch sports and recreation experience.
Bradley served as the head women's basketball coach at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and has done so since 1991. Coach Bradley led the Pomeroys in every season since, with the exception of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. She resigned as head coach on March 14, 2018. In her time at the helm of the program, she obtained an overall record of 231-332 (.417).
In her tenure as the Pomeroys head coach, Bradley headed the program to a 1999-2000 NSCAA tournament appearance including a National Championship runner-up finish. Within the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, five teams have qualified for the Division I USCAA National tournament under Bradley's direction (2001-02, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2017-18). She has produced 35 USCAA All-Academic student-athletes, three USCAA All-American First Team members, five USCAA All-American Second Team members, four USCAA All-American Honorable Mention members, and one GTE Academic All-American.
Bradley arrived at SMWC in 1991 and midway through the 1992-93 season, women's basketball was canceled at SMWC. However, coach Bradley brought basketball back for the 1994-95 season in what was the school's first scholarship basketball program.
Prior to coming to SMWC, Bradley invested eight years at Delta Junction High School in Alaska. As the head coach of the basketball team at Delta, she amassed an overall record of 126-79. In addition, she was Delta’s head volleyball coach during that time. In 1986, she was named coach of the year after leading both the volleyball and basketball team to state championships. She was named the runner-up for coach of the year honors in 1985 and 1987. While in Alaska, Bradley coached camps throughout the state from 1981-1988.
Bradley remains as a member of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 2006 and was the only female athlete from South Ripley High School to be inducted into the Ripley County HOF.