North County athletic director Mike Baker announced the hiring of Brad Wilson yesterday as boys basketball coach.
Wilson replaces Dick Hart, 53, who is undergoing treatment for a cancerous brain tumor and cannot coach the Knights' first season.
Wilson, 30, served as an assistant the past eight years to Meade head basketball coach Butch Young while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity squad. He is currently the head defensive coordinator of the North County football team.
Baker said Wilson was chosen from among three applicants because of his "extensive experience working in one of the two best programs in the county."
Without any head coaching experience at the varsity level, Wilson takes a veteran attitude into his new situation.
"What I really want to do is to start the program off on the right foot.
I think the biggest challenge is getting to know the players, which I feel I've already had by working with (North County football) coach (Chuck) Markiewicz," Wilson said.
"The students here at North County are great, and they are very enthusiastic about everything that they do."
Wilson's emotions are mixed about having to replace Hart, the dean of county basketball coaches who compiled a 330-294 record in 29 years on the Andover sidelines.
"I feel the same way that everyone else does about Dick, but I have a job to do, and I have to get it done right," said Wilson.
The Knights begin practice Nov. 15.