By TOMMY BRYAN Sports editor, The Wilson PostThe worst kept secret in Wilson County sports circles is now a reality.Matt Bradshaw, who resigned back in March as coach of the boys basketball team at Friendship Christian School, was officially introduced as Watertown High's new coach Wednesday afternoon.Bradshaw, 33, coached the past seven years at FCS, winning at least 20 games in a season five times for an overall record of 147-64.
A former point guard at Lebanon High and a collegiate golfer at Cumberland University, Bradshaw’s Friendship teams won three regular season district championships, two district tournaments, advanced to two TSSAA sectionals and his most recent squad won the Region 4A tournament championship for the first time in the program’s history.“I'm excited about the opportunity and thankful to Mr. (Watertown principal Jeff) Luttrell for believing in me,” Bradshaw said. "There's a lot of potential at Watertown and after my meeting with the returning players, I think those guys are ready to get to work."Bradshaw replaces T.J. Hewitt at the Watertown helm. Hewitt stepped down from his post after his team was eliminated in the region 4A tournament.Hewitt, who will remain of the Watertown faculty and will assist with the football program, had a record of 36-43 in three seasons including a mark of 12-14 this past season.Bradshaw said Leon Love would be joining his staff in a non-faculty position after having coached the ninth grade team at Wilson Central High for the past several years.Love, a former standout at Lebanon High, played college basketball at Columbia State Community College and Lincoln Memorial University."Leon is a winner," Bradshaw said, "he brings a world of experience to our program. We're very lucky to have him."Bradshaw, who will teach personal finance in the social studies department, joins Lane Price as new coaching hires at Watertown.Price takes over as girls coach for Lutrell -- who headed the program on an interim basis for the 2009-2010 season.