Former Wilson Central girls’ basketball coach Bud Brandon will become the new boys’ coach at Trousdale County, schools director Clint Satterfield told that system’s board of education Thursday evening.
Brandon, 54, stepped down as Central’s coach in April to run for Wilson County circuit court clerk, a race in which he finished third in last week’s election.
He will replace former Cumberland assistant coach Thurman Tucker, who was hired early this summer but resigned July 31. Tucker had replaced Daniel Kemp, who coached the Yellow Jackets to a 4-19 record last season.
“Trousdale’s always been a special place for athletics,” Brandon said before the announcement. “That job’s a good challenge and I’ve always been a person who’s liked challenges.
“That’s what life is, it’s about challenges. Hopefully, I can make the people of Trousdale County excited and proud.”
He saw the Lady Wildcats through 13 seasons of excitement with 302 wins against 115 losses, five state tournament appearances and state championships in 2006 and ’08.
Brandon and Satterfield are in a unique category as second-generation championship coaches. Brandon’s father, Campbell, coached Lebanon to the 1971 state girls’ championship and assisted Bud on Central’s two titles. Clint Satterfield led Trousdale to several football crowns after his father, Jim B., coached the 1972 Yellow Jackets to the school’s first championship of the playoff era.
“He’s so inspirational to talk to and we have so much in common,” Brandon said of Satterfield. “When things aren’t going quite right, I’ll be able to talk to him because we have a lot in common… I don’t know whether to call him Mr. Satterfield or Coach Satterfield.
“I hear a lot of good things about [principal] Mrs. [Teresa] Dickerson and the school. It’ll be good to work with all the success and traditions of that community.”
One thing Brandon will have to deal with for the first time in his 30-year coaching career is not having his full team until well after fall practice begins. While many boys’ basketball coaches may have to wait for the second or third week of November to get players back from football playoff teams, Brandon, who didn’t have the advantage of taking the Yellow Jackets to camp in June, may not have his whole squad available until the second week in December if the football team makes another run to the Blue Cross Bowl, which is held the first weekend of the 12th month.
“When they’re competing for championships, that can roll over into another sport,” Brandon said. “They can bring that mentality into the gym.
“It’s not about November, it’s about tournament time. It’ll all work out.”
Though Bud Brandon coached girls’ basketball the last 13 seasons, he has had success with boys’ hoops at the middle-school level, having led Walter J. Baird to two James C. Haile state boys’ crowns with the nucleus of the teams current Wilson County mayor Randall Hutto led to back-to-back state tournaments with Lebanon, including the 2000 semifinals.
In fact, Brandon’s first crack of coaching a high school basketball game came nearly 20 years ago when, as a Mt. Juliet boys’ assistant, he served as acting coach while Tim Bell served a two-game TSSAA-mandated suspension after being ejected from a contest.
He went 78-8 as Mt. Juliet girls’ freshman coach and 241-41 as a middle school girls and boys coach at Baird and Carroll-Oakland, giving him a 30-year mark of 641-164.
Brandon is the second coach with Wilson County connections hired to coach at TCHS. Former Mt. Juliet baseball assistant Travis Humes was picked to lead the Yellow Jackets in that sport after Eric Vetetoe left earlier this summer to take the Lebanon position.