Brentwood will turn to a coach it has faced plenty on the opposite bench to lead its boys’ basketball program.

The school announced last week that Troy Bond, who has coached the Oakland boys’ team for the last six seasons, will succeed Greg Shirley as the Bruins head coach.

"I feel truly blessed and excited to be Brentwood High School’s boys’ basketball coach and part of the Brentwood faculty," Bond said in a release. "I can’t wait to work with the players and build upon the excellence that has always represented this school. I am beyond grateful to [BHS principal Kevin Keidel] for this opportunity."

Bond brings winning credentials to BHS, making it to the TSSAA state tournament in 2017 and 2019, winning two region titles and a district title. In 2019, the Patriots gave the Bruins a run for their money before ultimately falling 50-47 in the state quarterfinals. Brentwood and Oakland met last season, when the Bruins won 68-20 in the John Greer State Farm Thanksgiving Classic in Lebanon. 

During his 20-year coaching career, Bond had a 405-211 record, including an illustrious run at Wilson Central where he made four state tournament appearances. 

"We are very excited to have Troy take over our boys basketball program," BHS athletic director Joe Blair said in a release. "He has proven to be not only an outstanding program leader, but also a caring mentor to his athletes over the years. We feel he will bring high energy and tons of support to our BHS family."

Oakland had a down year in 2020, going 5-17 and 4-10 in District 7-AAA with stiff competition from teams like Blackman, Smyrna, Riverdale and Stewarts Creek.

Brentwood went 19-7 and 11-4 in District 11-AAA last year in Shirley's last at the helm. The team made it to the region tournament and was knocked out by Franklin in the semifinals.

Shirley resigned last month, citing a desire to spend more time with family as his reason for leaving the bench. He went 132-57 with the Bruins in six seasons. 

Brentwood lost five seniors including John Windley and Griffin Burke. When the Bruins return in the fall, they'll welcome back Jake Brock, Daniel Cochran, Carter Patton, Davis White and others.

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