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.