Broken Arrow Athletics is proud to announce five new members to the Hall of Fame.
Graduated 2000, played football and baseball. As a senior in football,
Brad was selected as team captain, was leading tackler his junior and
senior year. His senior year in baseball, he was on the Sunbelt Roster as
a pitcher. After his senior year, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs but
elected to accept a full scholarship to Seminole State College. Brad is
in the Seminole State College Hall of Fame as a pitcher. After Seminole,
Brad signed with North Carolina State and a year later was drafted in
the 12th round by New York Yankees. After retiring from professional
baseball, Brad went to Northeastern State (BA campus) where he
received his Bachelor’s degree.
Graduated 1983, three-sport athlete- football, basketball, and
baseball. Excelled in all 3 sports with baseball garnering him a college
scholarship, but it was his love for football that moved him towards
being a teacher and a coach. He started his career at Broken Arrow
teaching and coaching junior high football, basketball and track. He
quickly moved up to High School Football and High School Track.
He soon became the Head Track coach and won the first BA State
Championship in boys Track. He dedicated 28 years to Broken Arrow
as a teacher and coach. Scotty passed on January 2nd, 2023. He will
be missed but never forgotten!
Graduated in 1999 and attended University of Oregon on a wrestling scholarship. Branson was a two sport letter winner football and wrestling. As a wrestler, Branson finished his high school career with a 136-24 record, at the time breaking the school’s all time-win record. He won his last 63 matches (still a school record) in high school, becoming Broken Arrow’s first back-to-back wrestling state champion. Branson was also a member of the first two Dual State and Team State Championship teams for Broken Arrow (1998 and 1999). After graduating college, Branson was hired by Broken Arrow and coached 17 seasons. As head JH Wrestling coach for 10 of those years, Branson’s teams had a combined 132-16 dual record including two undefeated seasons. He also coached the first Broken Arrow team to ever win the prestigious Ted Anderson Memorial Edmond JH tournament (twice).
Julie (Shafer) Ireland
Graduated 2002, 4X Letter winner in softball, helping the Lady Tigers
get to State Championship games in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001,
winning championships in 1998 and 2001. 2X All-Conference, and
named to the Oklahoma All-State team. Scholarship to the University
of Tulsa where she was a 4-year letter winner and starter. Started 241
of the 244 games she played. 3X All-Conference, Conference USA
Champion 2006. Graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business
Graduated 2008, was a four-year letter winner, 3X All-Conference
and All-District, and 2X All-Metro player soccer player. He was
the 2008 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and Wendy’s High
School Heisman winner. Attended the Universitv of Memphis where
he was a four-year starter. Thomas was an outstanding student
maintaining a weighted 4.40 GPA, he was a member of the National
Honor Society and Student Council. Both his undergraduate(Cum
Laude) and graduate degrees are in Biomedical Engineering from
the University of Memphis.