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South boys hoops coach Boydstone resigns

South Gwinnett's Joby Boydstone resigned abruptly on Thursday as head boys basketball coach, and the school has named assistant Travis Branson as its new coach for the remainder of the season.

"There's really no drama," Boydstone said. "It's just it was time. I'm sure everybody will try to speculate ... but's it's very anticlimactic.

"I appreciate the opportunity here at South. (I resigned) for personal reasons. I need to be thinking about my family."

Boydstone, in his first season at South after a successful stint at Douglas County, will continue teaching at South for the remainder of the school year. His team, which included five sophomores and three freshmen on the varsity, was 9-6 overall and 2-3 in Region 8-AAAAA. The Comets used a frantic, up-tempo style under Boydstone that led to high-scoring games - his team averaged 84 points a game.

But South also had its problems slowing down other teams, and Boydstone's final game on Tuesday night was a 115-85 loss to region rival Parkview.

Yet results had nothing to do with Boydstone leaving, said South athletic director Phil Davidson.

"Boydstone resigned for personal and family reasons," he said. "We have a lot of confidence in Branson. He did a good job as an assistant for Joby."

Branson, 30, made his head coaching debut at Central Gwinnett on Friday night. The West Georgia grad has six years of coaching experience, including 3 1⁄2 with Boydstone at Douglas County and 11⁄2 as a graduate assistant at Kennesaw State.

"The administration, the girls coaches, the parents have all been very supportive and fair," Boystone said. "I just hope that they would support Travis the same way they've supported me. He's an up-and-coming young coach and this will be good experience for him."

Boydstone, 50, replaced Roger Fleetwood as South's head coach in the offseason. Fleetwood led the Comets to the state title in 2004 with a team that featured the Philadelphia 76ers' Louis Williams and Georgia's Mike Mercer. Fleetwood's 2004-05 team was 28-3 and his final team slipped to 10-16, a record that looked worse because of forfeits for using an ineligible player.

Prior to taking the South job, Boydstone coached Douglas County for eight seasons. His final two teams were a combined 55-9 and last season he led Douglas County to the state finals, where it lost 78-50 to Columbia.

Boydstone said he isn't done coaching for good.

"The desire is not gone - just me," Boydstone said.