Sometimes you just know when the time is right.
After having struggled with his decision for the better part of a year, Bud Brandon made it official April 10, and stepped down as coach of Wilson Central’s Lady Wildcat basketball program.
Brandon, the only coach in the 13-year history of the WCHS program, broke the news to his team in a meeting that afternoon.
“It was tough, but something I needed to do -- clear the air,” Brandon said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.
Brandon, 53, is jumping into politics, seeking the office of Wilson County Circuit Court Clerk in the August General Election.
“Running for a county-wide office is no small consideration,” Brandon said, “this program needs someone who will be with them throughout summer camps and workouts.”
Brandon guided the Lady Wildcats to the TSSAA state tournament on five different occasions -- bringing home the gold ball in 2006 and 2008. His overall record at Wilson Central was 302-115 -- a winning percentage of .724.
Chip Bevis, athletics director at Wilson Central, indicated the school would be moving quickly to find a replacement for Brandon.
"It it not my plan to name an interim coach," Bevis said, "we are in the process of posting our opening on the TSSAA website with hopes to have it narrowed down by the end of April."
While Brandon did not resign as a tenured teacher, should he be elected in August, a physical education positition would become open at WCHS.
"Right now, we'll have some teaching positions come open," Bevis said, "exactly where those openings are remains to be seen."