A former Hall County basketball standout is returning to the area — this time as a coach.
Chezley Watson, who starred at East Hall High two decades ago, will take over the Flowery Branch High boys basketball program beginning next season. Falcons athletic director Jimmy Lawler announced the hire in a Hall County Schools news release two weeks after former coach David Sokol stepped down from the position.
Watson played for the Vikings from 1993-1997 and set the school record for career points with 2,411, a mark he still holds. He then spent three years at the University of Virginia before transferring to the University of West Georgia for the 2002 season, when he was the team’s leading scorer and earned first team all-conference honors.
Watson spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Jefferson. The Dragons reached the state tournament and recorded at least 22 wins all three years Watson was with the team, and they qualified for the state quarterfinals twice during that stretch.
Sokol, who coached Flowery Branch for five seasons, led the Falcons to their first playoff win in a decade this year.
Compiled by Marcus Rodrigue