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Tullahoma High School has a new boys basketball coach — again. Tim Behrendorff, 31, was named the head coach of the Wildcats on Wednesday, according to Tullahoma High School athletic director Jerry Mathis.
Behrendorff, who already had a teaching position in the math department at the high school, takes over after the departure of long-time head coach Jeff Taylor.
Greg Watson was originally chosen to replace Taylor, but the Florence, Ala., native stayed in Tullahoma for just one week. Behrendorff, who worked at Cascade High School for half of the 2011-12 school year, was to be Watson’s assistant.
After working for half a season at Cascade, Behrendorff was one of the original applicants for the THS opening. Mathis said that after Watson withdrew from the position, school officials wanted to make sure Behrendorff was still interested in the job before making the announcement.
“We wanted to talk one on one with him and make sure he wanted to be the head coach,” said Mathis. He was going to be the assistant coach to Greg Watson before he left.
“Tim seems to be very knowledgeable of the game. He played ball in Australia for several years.”
Behrendorff is a native of Gold Coast, Australia. After playing four years of college basketball at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., he returned to Australia where he played professionally in the National Basketball League.
For more on this story, see the July 15 edition of The Sunday News.