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Mr. William Brad Bustle
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Football: Former Cajuns lineman Bustle hired at Va. Tech

joshua Parrott
Daily Advertiser, May 6, 2011

The college coaching career of former Lafayette High School and UL lineman Brad Bustle will start in a familiar place.

Bustle has accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Virginia Tech, where his father, Rickey Bustle served on coach Frank Beamer's staff for 14 years before working as the Ragin' Cajuns head coach from 2002-10. He reports to campus in July.

"This opportunity is very special for me," said Bustle, who was born in Blacksburg, Va. "I got to see him (coach Beamer) build the team to be a national powerhouse when I was growing up there, and now I get to be a part of it."

Bustle signed with the United Football League's Hartford Colonials in 2010 following his senior season for the Cajuns, but he did not get cleared medically due to knee issues.

Last fall he coached at Catholic High of New Iberia and had been working for Schilling Distributing Company in Lafayette to make some extra money while looking for a graduate assistant coaching position. Now Bustle will work with the defensive and video staff at Virginia Tech while studying instructional technology and design.

"I'm very excited for him to have the opportunity to work at a major university," said Rickey Bustle, who is still looking for his next coaching job. "These jobs are very hard to get at every level. To be able to coach and further his education is very important."

Bustle earned all-district honors as a defensive lineman and also punted at Lafayette High before agreeing to join Southeastern Louisiana's program in 2005 as a walk-on.

After only two football practices, Bustle left SLU. He eventually returned to Lafayette and enrolled at UL. Bustle sat out the 2005 season as a redshirt and worked on the defensive line for the Cajuns' scout team. He soon moved to the offensive line, earned a scholarship and garnered first-team All-Sun Belt Conference recognition as a junior and senior.

Bustle was set to play for the Southern Indoor Football League's Lafayette Wildcatters this spring, but their 2011 season was canceled due to the team being unable to fulfill workers' compensation insurance requirements.

Soon, Bustle will be coaching for the Hokies. Virginia Tech opens the 2011 season Sept. 3 against Appalachian State in Blacksburg.

"Obviously that didn't work out (with the Wildcatters)," Bustle said. "Now I'm just kind of enjoying my last few months in Lafayette until I go away for a while."

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Football: Bustle gets chance to coach son

August 22, 2006 -

Special to The Advocate
Published: Aug 7, 2006

LAFAYETTE � Unlike the sons of some college head football coaches, Brad Bustle wasn't initially sure if he wanted to play under the scrutiny of a father's watchful eye.

However it soon became evident that Bustle knew exactly where he wanted to be, even if it meant spending a season as a walk-on at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Bustle, the son of ULL football coach Rickey Bustle, is starting 2006 as a backup offensive lineman and no longer indecisive about playing for his father, who starts his fifth year at the school.

Both son and father were at ULL's athletic complex on Sunday as 105 players � 82 on scholarship � underwent team meetings and physicals before starting preseason practices today at 8:45 a.m.

Initially, Brad Bustle enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005 and planned to play college football there.

�I didn't sign a scholarship (at SLU) early on, but I felt that I could get one as the season went on," Brad said, who played along the defensive line at Lafayette High.

After several practices at SLU, Bustle knew where he wanted to be and it wasn't in an SLU uniform.

�I knew then where I wanted to play football," he said. �I think all along Dad knew that this was going to happen, that I was going to come back (to ULL). When I got out of high school, I didn't know how it was going to be, playing for him.

�(SLU) had recruited me to play there and I felt like they wanted me down there. I have nothing bad to say about their program or their coaches. Everyone there was wonderful to me."

Rickey Bustle said he's happy to have his son playing at ULL, but it wasn't an issue that he tried to influence either way.

�I think it's a case where Brad really didn't know if he wanted to be playing here for me, so he decided to got to another school and then he decided that he wanted to be here," Rickey said.

�In Brad's case he's always looked upon me as a father, rather than a coach and maybe that was a situation that he felt might be different for him.

Cross Country, Track & Field - (M&W):  2008
Football:  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009