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Bud Brandon returns to coaching

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Bud Brandon / Steve Wampler photo

Takes on boys job at Trousdale Co.
Bud Brandon was back coaching basketball Monday, Aug. 18 -- in Hartsville.

Brandon, who resigned in April after 13 seasons at Wilson Central in order to launch a campaign for public office, accepted Thursday afternoon the boys head coaching position at Class A Trousdale County High School.

"I'm excited to be back coaching," Brandon said. "Trousdale County has a rich tradition in football and I see no reason why we can't build something special on the existing foundation.

"After the election, I wasn't really sure what the future held, but things just sort of fell into place. They had an opening late and here I was in the second week of August without a job.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity Mrs. (Teresa) Dickerson [TCHS principal] and Mr. (Clint) Satterfield [Director of School] have afforded me. I'm anxious to get to work. This will be a new challenge, and I feel like I can bring some energy to the program."

Brandon, 53, guided the Wilson Central Lady Wildcats to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament on five different occasions -- bringing home the gold ball in 2006 and 2008. A 31-year educator, he has coached both boys and girls basketball during his career.

Prior to his resignation earlier this year, Brandon had been the only girls coach in the 13 year history of the WCHS program. His overall record at Wilson Central was 302-115 -- a winning percentage of .724. He takes over a Yellow Jacket program that went 4-19 last season and 10-19 the year before.

"Basketball is basketball," Brandon said, "it's about fundamentals, playing to the strength of your team and bringing effort every time out. Those things don't change -- it doesn't matter if your coaching girls or boys."

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