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The administration at Brighton High School has been busy over the last few months hiring coaches. 

Over the spring and summer a football coach (Robin Jacobs) and boys' basketball coach (Stan Gatlin) were hired. 

The last spot to be filled was head baseball coach and the administrators took care of that early last week with the hiring of former Crockett County head coach Michael Wickersham. 

Called "Wick" by those who know him, Wickersham comes to the Cardinals after a successful four-year run in Alamo. 

From 2011 to 2014, the Cavaliers went 94-49. The high-water mark was a 30-12 season two years ago that resulted in a berth in the Class AA state tournament. 

Crockett County finished behind Milan and Dyersburg in last year's District 13-AA tournament. 

The Cavaliers were averaging about eight wins a season before Wickersham's arrival. 

"I thought it was time for a career move and to step up to the next level," Wickersham said. "That's why I made this decision."

Wickersham started his career as an assistant coach at University School of Jackson in 1998 and won a state title there. He was an assistant at Bolton High School before moving on to Crockett County. 

He replaces Brian Oswalt, who retired from coaching after last season. 

The two have known each other for years. 

"It was kind of tough because Brian is a good friend of mine," Wickersham said. "When I heard he was retiring, I said, 'I'm not coming behind someone like you.' The expectations are going to be real high."

Wickersham knows the competition will increase with the move from Class 2A Crockett County to Class 3A (the largest class in Tennessee) Brighton. 

"I'm excited to get working with these kids and get rolling," he said. "I'm excited for the challenge … I didn't invent the wheel. I'm just a little spoke. I'm going to try and keep the wheel going."

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