Brad Bustle begins his third season at Cumberland University, serving as the offensive line coach for the Phoenix.
BustleâÂ€Â™s work with an experienced group on the o-line in 2013 helped CU rank eighth nationally in rushing offense per game (248.6) and 10th in total rushing offense (2,735 yards). Thirty-five of the teamâÂ€Â™s 40 offensive touchdowns two years ago came on the ground, while AJ Harmon earned First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Second Team All-America honors and Tucker Cathey garnered Second Team All-MSC accolades.
Last season Bustle worked with a very inexperienced group up front, at times with five freshmen on the field at the same time. The unit helped pave the way for 25 rushing touchdowns and 4.7 yards-per-attempt while allowing just 11 sacks. The Phoenix finished the year ranked 23rd nationally in total rushing offense (2,216 yards) and rushing offense per game (201.50) as well as 26th in scoring offense (30.6) and 28th in third down conversions (40.1).
The Blacksburg, Va., native worked two years as a defensive graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, organizing and running the offensive scout team, organizing weekly defensive scouting reports along with video breakdown. He assisted with linebackers his first season and the defensive line during his second year.
The Hokies lost in the 2011 ACC Championship Game and played in the All-State Sugar Bowl and participated in the Russell Athletic Bowl in 2012.
Bustle spent one season as the defensive line coach at Catholic High School in New Iberia, La., in 2010, grading film along with film breakdown, game planning and calling defensive plays in games. The Panthers reached the LHSAA playoffs that season.
He played collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette, earning four letters for the RaginâÂ€Â™ Cajuns at guard and center in a no-huddle offense. Bustle was voted First Team All-Sun Belt Conference as a junior and senior and voted Offensive Team Captain his senior campaign as well. He was also on the Preliminary Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award in 2009.
Bustle signed a free agent contract with the Hartford [CT] Colonials in the United Football League after his college career.
He earned his bachelorâÂ€Â™s in General Studies from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009 and worked on his masterâÂ€Â™s in Instructional Technology while at Virginia Tech.
Bustle's Coaching Career
|2014||Assistant Coach||Cumberland Univ.||6-5|
|2013||Assistant Coach||Cumberland Univ.||7-4|
|2012||Graduate Assistant||Virginia Tech||7-6||Russell Athletic Bowl|
|2011||Graduate Assistant||Virginia Tech||11-3||Allstate Sugar Bowl|
|2010||Assistant Coach||Catholic HS||5-6||LHSAA Playoffs|