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Hoops: Brentwood assistant Williams elevated to head coach for Lady Bruins

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Marcel Williams

Marcel Williams 

BRENTWOOD – After five years as an assistant coach at Brentwood High School, Marcel Williams has been handed the reins to lead the Lady Bruins basketball team. 

The school announced Williams as their new girls basketball Thursday – the same day former head coach Myles Thrash was named the new girls hoops coach at nearby Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. 

“For me, this means so much,”  said Williams, who spent four seasons alongside Thrash on the Brentwood sidelines. “I really appreciate the school and administration for this opportunity.” 

Brentwood athletic director Joe Blair said Williams, 32, is “ready” to take over the head coaching position. 

“We are excited about his vision for the team and approach to coaching high school girls basketball,” Blair said. “He knows the girls in our program and is looking forward to leading them going forward.” 

Brentwood went 23-6 this season with a Region 6-AAA semifinals appearance for the fourth consecutive year. Brentwood does graduate five seniors who were part of nearly 100 wins in their careers this year. 

Rising senior Sydney Ryan returns to lead the Lady Bruins after averaging 15.8 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds this year. 

“Sydney is one of the most coachable girls I have ever met,” Williams said. “We are going to have some changes and it’ll be different without those seniors, but a lot of these girls have been waiting their turn to star for us and now it's time.” 

Williams played collegiately at Austin Peay from 2007-11 and earned a degree in business administration. The Orlando, Florida-native attended Ocoee High School where he played his senior season for current Brentwood boys basketball coach Greg Shirley, who was hired in 2015. 

“I have been impressed watching him grow as a coach,” Shirley said of Williams. “I am excited for him. Brentwood is a special place and the basketball teams support each other.” 

Prior to accepting an assistant coaching position at Brentwood five years ago – after urging from Shirley – Williams had served as head coach at Gra-Mar Middle School for one season. 

Thrash said Williams is deserving of the opportunity. The former Lady Bruins leader called Williams an “incredible asset to the program and school.” 

“I know Myles loves Brentwood and we both love what this school stands for,” Williams said. “I’m happy for him and who knows, maybe we will get to play one another in the future.”

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