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Central Gwinnett hires new boys basketball coach

Branden Mayweather

Branden Mayweather

THE MAYWEATHER FILE

Name: Branden Mayweather

New position: Head boys basketball coach at Central Gwinnett

Former position: Head junior varsity boys basketball coach and varsity assistant coach at Archer

Age: 27

Education: Graduated from Dacula High School in 2004; graduated from Piedmont College

Background: Played two seasons of college basketball at Presbyterian College and two more at Piedmont; has coached basketball and taught biology at Archer the past four years; led the Tigers to the Region 8-AAAAAA junior varsity title last season; also coached football at Archer; wife Brittany Rogers Mayweather, also a Dacula grad and currently a teacher at Bethesda Elementary, was a four-time softball All-American at Alabama who also played for USA Softball

Family: Wife Brittany; daughter Layla Grae, six months

Branden Mayweather's fast track to a head coaching position is complete.

Central Gwinnett announced the hiring of Mayweather, a 2004 Dacula grad, Monday night as a replacement for head boys basketball coach David Allen, who resigned last month to spend more time with his family.

Just 27, Mayweather becomes one of the youngest head boys basketball coaches in Gwinnett County. He spent the past four seasons as a varsity boys basketball coach for Tim Watkins at Archer, in addition to serving as the Tigers' junior varsity boys head coach.

"It's extremely young (to be a head coach)," Mayweather said. "Going through this process, I was thinking, 'Is anybody going to take me seriously as a head coach right now because I'm so young?' But I definitely feel ready for it. I've been around great people. I'm just ready to go to work."

Mayweather knows the Gwinnett area well, dating back to his playing days at Dacula for one of his mentors, former Falcons head coach Justin Grant.

After playing college basketball at Presbyterian and Piedmont, Mayweather joined Watkins' staff at Archer. He said he learned plenty from the Tigers' head coach, in addition to assistant coach Len Garner, who was North Gwinnett's head coach for years.

"(Mayweather's) very energetic," Central athletic director Brian DeBerry said. "He's been a big key to the success Archer's had in boys basketball. I just like that he's energetic and ready to go. He's very knowledgable. We like him a lot."

While working with those veteran coaches at the varsity level, Mayweather has been Archer's head JV coach. He led the Tigers to the Region 8-AAAAAA JV title this past season, beating Central in the finals. His JV teams gave a glimpse of what he expects from his first varsity team at Central.

"We're definitely looking to play some in-your-face style of defense," said Mayweather, a biology teacher. "Every team I coach, we try to hang our hats on getting after you for 32 minutes defensively. We'll also be exciting for fans to watch. We're going to play the game the right way."

Mayweather takes over for Allen, who had a successful, nine-year run as the Black Knights' head coach. Six of Allen's last seven teams made the state playoffs, highlighted by a Class AAAAA Final Four appearance in 2009-10, when Central set a school record with 29 victories.

Allen leaves behind a strong sophomore class and rising star Shaun Jones.

"I know we'll have a team full of athletic guys who want to be good basketball players," Mayweather said of Central's returning players. "I know Shaun Jones is coming back, he's an all-region player. He will be a senior leader for us who sets the example for our younger players."