Michele Bradley joined the Carnegie Mellon University track and field staff at the start of the 2016-2017 season and immediately made an impact on the long jump and triple jump athletes.
Bradley's work helped the Tartans win both the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor and Outdoor Men's Track and Field Championships in 2017 while the coaching staff was named UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for both seasons. Two athletes earned All-UAA honors during the outdoor season while one achieved the status during the indoor season. On top of the All-UAA honors, Donnie Boyer and Eloy Fernandez finished the season with performances that put them in the Carnegie Mellon all-time top five. Bradley also mentored two women to Carnegie Mellon top five performances in the long jump and triple jump.
The 2018 teams excelled in the jumping events with sophomore Rai Walters winning the UAA indoor title of the long jump and two placing in the top four of the triple jump. On the women's side, Autumn Hair earned points in three events. Additionally, sophomore Fred Dauphin overtook the school record in the outdoor triple jump that was last set in 1974, while Eloy Fernandez set a new mark in the triple jump during the indoor season.
The success continued for the Tartan jumpers in 2019 with both the indoor and outdoor triple jump records increasing. Freshman Justin Kiefel was named the UAA Rookie of the Year after winning the UAA Indoor triple jump title and finishing second, behind teammate Varun Narayan, in the long jump. Narayan repeated as the long jump champion at the UAA Outdoor Championships with Kiefel placing third in the triple jump. Kiefel also became the first Tartan Bradley has led to the NCAA Championships as he participated in the triple jump at the indoor meet.
After the 2020 winter and spring championships were canceled due to COVID-19, Bradley mentored Kiefel's return to the NCAA Championships, this time to the outdoor meet in 2021 where the junior competed in both the long jump and triple jump and placed eighth in the triple jump to earn All-America recognition. Kiefel also set school records in both events during the season.
Bradley is a 1991 graduate of Slippery Rock University where she studied physical education and excercise science. As an athlete, Bradley competed under Carnegie Mellon head coach Gary Aldrich. She is a four-time PSAC Champion in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay. She helped set the PSAC record in the 4x100-meter relay in 1990. Bradley also achieved all-conference status seven times in the long jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter relay, and 100-meter dash. In 1990, Bradley was the open division triple jump champion at the University of Florida Invitational.
Following her time at Slippery Rock, Bradley went on to receive her health, physical education, and special education teaching certificates from the University of Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching in special education from Saginaw Valley State. She spent time as health, physical education, and special education teacher at Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a special education teacher at Wolverine Secure Treatment Center in Saginaw, Michigan, a health and physical education teacher at Mott Middle College in Flint, Michigan, and as an adjunct professor at Ferris State University teaching education courses.
Bradley returned to her home state of Pennsylvania in 2016 and is a K-12 health, safety, physical education teacher at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, a cyber school based in West Chester, Pennsylvania.