It didn't take long for Loudon High School to tab its next boys basketball coach.
Less than two weeks after Trae Watkins stepped down, Redskins athletic director Ronnie Roberts confirmed on Thursday that assistant Wiley Brakebill is the school's new coach.
"We have promoted from within," said Roberts. "The No. 1 thing was his relationships with the current players. He is well-liked and respected by the kids."
Watkins, who compiled a 43-67 record in his four seasons at Loudon, recently resigned to become an assistant at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala.
He'll be reunited with Mark Blevins, who took the Buckhorn head coaching job in the spring after a 22-year run as Bearden's coach.
Watkins played for Blevins at Bearden and later served as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
"Leaving a great situation like Loudon was a very tough decision, but it was the best thing for my family," said Watkins.
"I believe in coach Blevins and trust him enough to consider leaving (Loudon). I appreciate coach Blevins for thinking enough of me to present us this opportunity."
Roberts said Loudon was fortunate to have someone the caliber of Brakebill waiting in the wings, especially with school just starting back.
"The transition will be effortless," said Roberts. "He (Brakebill) will put his brand on the program."
Brakebill, a 2007 graduate of Loudon, has been an assistant with the Redskins for the past five seasons.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity, especially with this being my alma mater and being around people that coached me," said the 27-year-old Brakebill.
"I hope to bring a lot of energy back to the program. I like to see a lot of effort and passion in my players," he said.