MURFREESBORO – Troy Bond built Wilson Central’s boys basketball team from scratch, making it a TSSAA Class AAA state tournament contender during the school’s first 14 years.
He will try to do the same at Oakland High.
Bond, 45, was named Oakland’s boys basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing former coach Mike Wright, who resigned after this past season.
Bond amassed a 292-152 record at Wilson Central. His teams made four state tournament appearances — 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2014. The Wildcats reached the semifinals in 2004. Wilson Central lost to the eventual state champion in both 2004 (White Station) and 2005 (Ridgeway).
Wilson Central went 5-20 this past season, after the Wildcats starting lineup was depleted due to graduation from its 2014 state tournament team.
“He built that program from scratch,” Oakland principal Bill Spurlock said. “We had several outstanding candidates for this position. But when searching he came across as a coach with high energy, effective communication skills and has had success.”
Spurlock said the school received at least 45 resumes. Seven interviewed for the position.
“All seven were highly successful coaches,” said Spurlock, who wouldn’t divulge who interviewed.
Bond, a Lebanon graduate, said he recalled the past great Oakland teams from the Dickie Thomas and Randy King era.
“I got a chance to play against (King) n his first year when I was a senior,” said Bond, who will meet his new team on Thursday. “Then at Wilson Central we played them in camp.
“They are one of the top programs in the state. They have a rich tradition of athletes. Football is proof of that, being one of the elite programs around.”
Oakland went 18-10 this past season, reaching the Region 4-AAA quarterfinals. Wright went 91-86 in six seasons.
Bond said he plans to bring a high-energy defensive squad that will spread out the floor on offense.
“We will have a lot of trapping, changing defenses,” Bond said. “We really want you to think. We really want to push the ball (on offense) if we can. That will depend on your personnel. We’ll play multiple zones and a lot of matchups. We don’t want to make it easy for you to come in and play us.
“Offensively we want to spread you out, but if we have big guys, we want them to get some touches. My whole philosophy is sharing the basketball.”
Bond said he also plans to get in the Oakland hallways and try to bring more athletes out for basketball.
“Oakland has phenomenal athletes,” Bond said. “We want to get some of them playing basketball. I think with our trapping style and how we’ll guard teams. Our defense will ignite our offense.”