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Assistant Coach: Chris Dux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA
But this time the new coach ...
But this time the new coach is Chris Dux, who was an assistant at Chantilly High School the past few seasons and is a graduate of East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island and the College of William and Mary.Dux, 33, played high school ball at Thomas Jefferson in Fairfax County and has also been an assistant coach at W.T. Woodson and West Potomac high schools. He
was named the Cougars' coach last week.Dux
replaces Chris Kuhblank, who left Oakton earlier this year to take the same job at nearby Madison High.
"I always knew I wanted to be a high school head coach and said a long time ago that by the time I'm 30 I'd have my own team," Dux
said."I'm just three years late."Dux
has worked under and played for some highly successful local high school coaches, such as "Red" Jenkins at Woodson, Dick Wickline at Jefferson, Bill Engels at West Potomac, and Jim Smith at Chantilly
...At Jefferson, Dux said Wickline, who is currently the head coach at West Springfield, made a big impression on him as a player.
"He is still my mentor, and he'll always be ‘coach' to me, never Dick," Dux
, a father of three young sons, grew up in Fairfax County.He
played at Jefferson through his
family moved to Rhode Island, where he
played basketball at East Greenwich
as a junior and senior.In college, Dux
made the William and Mary
basketball team as a walk-on.The biology major graduated from the Williamsburg school in 1993, then returned to Fairfax County where he began his teaching and coaching career. He
first was an assistant under Engels at West Potomac, then for one season under Jenkins at Woodson.After that he
became an assistant under Smith at Chantilly
, and remained there until taking the job at Oakton last week.
"I was very happy at Chantilly
, but then I thought about how often does a job like at Oakton open?"Dux
said."It was a no brainer to apply.I just couldn't pass up that opportunity."
As far as style of play, Dux
prefers a little faster tempo on offense and a bit more extension on defense than Oakton
played under Kuhblank.
"You adapt to the players you have," Dux
said."I know Oakton
always played hard under Chris
, and we want that to continue." Dux
will meet his
new players this week and hopes to take Oakton
to a team camp this summer."Chris is coming from a respectful program and he is a good teacher, so those are really positives," said Phil Levine, who is Oakton's assistant director of student activities and played a big role in hiring Dux."Chris is coming from a respectful program and he is a good teacher, so those are really positives," said Phil Levine, who is Oakton's assistant director of student activities and played a big role in hiring Dux.
Dux Steps Down at Oakton - Sports - Vienna/Oakton Connection - Connection Newspapers
Oakton High School boys basketball coach Chris Dux has resigned his position for what he called personal reasons and family medical reasons.
, who led the Cougars to a 13-25 record over the last two seasons, will not return for the 2006-2007 season, nor will he
return to his
position as a biology teacher at the Vienna-based high school.According to Dux
will return to Chantilly High School
- the school and basketball program from which he
was plucked two years ago when Levine made him the Cougars' head coach.He
maintained that the decision to walk away from the head coaching position at Oakton
was a difficult one and that his
move to Chantilly next year was not a basketball decision."Right now, the challenge of me coaching is not what my family needs the most," said Dux
."We always talk about your priorities are family, then school, then basketball.Now, I have to live to that same creed."The 35-year-old Dux was an assistant to Chantilly basketball coach Jim Smith for five years before replacing former Oakton coach Chris Kuhblank who left the program for cross-town rival Madison.
...Dux also spent three years as Chantilly's junior varsity basketball coach.
DUX WHO is a resident of Centreville, has opted to be closer to home during a time in which he
will play a key role in assisting his
family through medical hardships.Dux
also has three young children. "It's not an indefinite thing," said Dux
, who added that he
might even be able to help the Chantilly basketball program."I'm looking at it as, not a change in career, just a temporary stopping."Dux
position two weeks ago and notified the Oakton boys basketball program of his
decision shortly thereafter."They were shocked.Obviously they had no idea that was coming and neither did I," said Dux
, who set a 12-to-16-month timetable for his
return to coaching.
also noted that he
would be available for the transition process."I want to make sure that this is as seamless as possible," said Dux
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> > > Cougars hire Dux
According to a press release from the Oakton Athletic Department
, the Cougars
have hired Chris Dux
as their new head basketball coach to replace the recently departed Chris Kuhblank.
..."Chris should have been a head coach a long time ago," said Mike Pflugrath, who coached with Dux at Woodson.
...Dux, a former player for Thomas Jefferson and the College of William & Mary, was most recently a varsity assistant coach at Chantilly.
...Prior to that, Dux held a varsity assistant job at Woodson, was the junior varsity coach for Chantilly and coached freshman basketball at West Potomac.Chantilly coach Jim Smith, whom Dux worked under for the Chargers for the last seven years, feels Oakton will soon discover Dux is a superb basketball coach.
relates very well to kids, and he's
a great teacher both on the court and in the classroom [Dux teaches biology].He's
"Coach Kuhblank did a good job at Oakton
and I have a lot of respect for him, but I think coach Dux
will upgrade the program," Smith said.