Brandon Wilcox out after one season at W.S. Neal

East Brewton, AL – After one season at the helm of the W.S. Neal football program Brandon Wilcox is out.  

The seven year head coaching veteran posted on social media that Neal administration had informed him, prior to the team’s first summer practice, that the program would be going in a different direction.

“After reading unconfirmed ‘anonymous’ tweets and posts of someone replacing me as head football coach on Monday via Twitter and Facebook, it was confirmed to me through administration before our first summer practice, that there would be a change yesterday morning,” Wilcox wrote. “I want to apologize to my players that I was not able to talk with you prior to you hearing of these reports and also apologize to my family and friends, who I unintentionally misguided by telling them these were false rumors.  To my players, I love you and big things are ahead for you. I’m sorry we were not able to finish the race together, but I have no doubt that it will be finished. You have been equipped with the tools to be successful, and I’m excited to see you do just that.”

The T.R. Miller alum and Brewton native posted a 0-10 record in 2021 after replacing outgoing Eagles coach Andro Williams.  

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Prior to accepting the W.S. Neal job, Wilcox served for one season as the offensive coordinator at Center Point.  Earlier in his career he lead the Marion County Red Raiders for two seasons (2014-2015) posting a 10-14 record highlighted by a trip to the AHSAA Class 1A semifinals in his first season.  From 2016-2019 he compiled a 28-16 mark and three postseason berths at the helm of the Montevallo Bulldogs football program. 

Wilcox’s career head coaching record currently stands at 38-40, 21-21 in region play, with four playoff appearances over seven seasons. 

There have been some media reports linking former Escambia Academy head coach Hugh Fountain to the W.S. Neal head coaching position.  Fountain recently stepped down from Pike Liberal Arts after accepting the Patriots head coaching position one week earlier.