Former W.S. Neal coach Brandon Wilcox lands new job at Escambia Academy

By June 16, 2022 Uncategorized

It didn’t take long for Brandon Wilcox to find a new job.

The former W.S. Neal head coach was named head football coach and athletic director at Escambia Academy this morning.

“I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get started at Escambia Academy,” Wilcox said in a statement to “I’m a big believer that God opens doors for us where He wants us, and I have no doubt this opportunity has been paved by Him.”

In a social media message last week, Wilcox announced that the W.S. Neal administration had informed him they were making a change at the school. Ironically, former Escambia Academy head coach Hugh Fountain was approved as head coach there Monday.
Escambia Academy won 94 games and a pair of AISA state titles in a decade under Fountain. The Cougars have played for the Class AA state championship each of the last six years.
“Escambia Academy has a rich championship tradition, and we want to continue to build on that,” Wilcox said. “The expectations will be extremely high, and as a coach, you wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Wilcox, a graduate of T.R. Miller, was hired at W.S. Neal in April of 2021 to replace Andro Williams. The Eagles struggled in Year 1, going 0-10.
He spent the 2020 season as the offensive coordinator at Center Point.
Prior to that, Wilcox spent two seasons as head coach at Class 1A Marion County and four as head coach at Class 3A/4A Montevallo. He has an overall head coaching record of 38-40.
He said Tuesday he is ready for the challenge at Escambia Academy.
“Our brand of football will play at a high tempo, with exceptional effort and with exceptional physicality,” he said. “We will utilize our speed, quickness and explosive athleticism. On and off the field, our program will resonate an attitude of positive energy, passion and intensity. It is a great day to be a EA Cougar.”