Former coach enters Wilson political arena

Longtime girls' basketball coach and educator makes bid for circuit court clerk.
May 1, 2014

 

Former Wilson Central High School girls’ basketball coach Bud Brandon announced his bid for Wilson County circuit court clerk.

“The job of the circuit court clerk is about management, leadership and serving the public,” Brandon said. “With 30 years’ experience as an educator and coach, I will bring a fresh view to county government.”

Brandon recently stepped down as the Lady Wildcats’ head coach, in order to focus on the circuit court clerk race. 

“It’s time for a new challenge. I want to serve the county in a different capacity, using the skills I learned in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Brandon said.

Brandon is a Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University graduate. He worked in several basketball camps throughout Tennessee, including Pat Head Summit’s basketball camps for 14 years. 

Brandon began his teaching and coaching career at Carroll-Oakland Elementary School in 1984. He assisted Tommy Martin at Mt. Juliet High School for six years, while serving as the girls’ freshman head coach. Brandon served as head coach for both boys’ and girls’ teams at Walter J. Baird Middle School for 11 years, where it won two James C. Hale state tournaments. Brandon was the Wilson Central Lady Wildcats’ head coach for the last 13 years, leading the Lady Wildcats to two state championships and five state tournament appearances. 

“It has been a great experience, not only to coach with my father, Hall of Famer Campbell Brandon, but to also reach the pinnacle of any coach’s dream to win two girls’ state championships,” Brandon said.

Brandon received the 2007 Wilson County Great Commission Coach award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was named coach of the year three times by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee.

Brandon serves as president of the Oak Hill Homeowner’s Association. He and his wife, Bonita, attend College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon and have a daughter who attends Wilson Central High School.

Brandon’s campaign kickoff will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory at 1010 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. The county general election is Aug. 7 with early voting from July 18 through Aug 2.

 

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